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stand mumping alone, when God have blessed their Lord and Lady with a great Estate.
"Also when I ride hunting or hawking, or travel from one house to another, I will have them attending; so for each of those said women I must and will have a Horse. Also I will have 6 or 8 Gentlemen, and will have my two Coaches, one lined with Velvet to Myself, with 4 very fair Horses, and a Coach for my Women, lined with sweet Cloth, orelaid with gold; the other, with Scarlet, and laced with Watched Lace and Silver, with 4 good horses. Also I will have two Coachmen, one for myself, the other for my Women.
"Also, whenever I travel, I will be allowed not only Carroches and spare Horses for me and my Women, but such carriages as shall be fitting for all, orderly; not pestering my Things with my Womens, nor theirs with Chambermaids, nor theirs with Washmaids.
"Also Laundresses, when I travel, I will have them sent away before with the carriages, to see all safe; and the Chambermaids shall go before with the Grooms, that the Chambers may be ready, sweet and clean.
"Also, for that it is indecent to croud up myself with my Gentlemen Usher in my Coach, I will have him have a convenient Horse to attend me either in City or Country; and I must have 4 Footmen, and my desire is that you will defray all the Charges for me.
"And for Myself, besides my yerely Allowance, I would have 20 Gowns Apparel, 6 of them excellent good ones, 8 of them for the Country, and 6 others of them very excellent good ones.
"Also I would have to put in my Purse 2000l. and 2001. and so you to pay my debts. Also I would have 8000l. to buy me jewels, and 6000l. for a pearl chain.
Now, seeing I have been, and am so reasonable unto you, I pray you to find my Children Apparel and their Schooling, and all my Servants, Men and Women, their Wages.
"Also I will have all my Houses Furnished, and all my Lodg ing Chambers to be suited with all such Furniture, as is fit, as Beds, Stools, Chairs, Cushions, Carpets, Silver Warming Pans,
Cupboards of Plate, fair Hangings, &c. so for my Drawing Chambers in all Houses I will have them delicately furnished with Hangings, Couch, Canopy, Cushions, Carpets, &c.
"Also my desire is, that you would pay your Debts, build up Ashby House, and purchase Lands, and lend no Money (as you love God) to the Lord Chamberlain, which wou'd have all, perhaps your Life, from you; remember his Son, my Lord Walden, what Entertainments he gave me when you were at the Tilt Yard. If you were dead he said he wou'd be a Husband, a Father, a Brother, and said he wou'd marry me: I protest I grieve to see the poor Man have so little wit and honesty to use his friend so vilely; also he fed me with untruths concerning the Charterhouse, but that is the least; he wished me much harm, you know how: God keep you and me from him, and any such as he is.
"So now that I have declared to you my mind, what I wou'd have, and what I wou'd not have, I pray you, when you be an Earl, to allow me a 1000l. more than now I desired, and double Attendance. "Your loving Wife,
Epitaph on the Tomb-stone of President Manning.
IN memory of the Rev. JAMES MANNING, D. D. president of RhodeIsland college. He was born in New-Jersey, A. D. 1738; became a member of the baptist church, A. D. 1758; graduated at Nassau-hall, A. D. 1762; was ordained a minister of the gospel, 1763; obtained a charter for the college, A. D. 1765; was elected president of it the same year; and was a member of Congress, A. D. 1786.
His person was graceful, and his countenance remarkably expressive of sensibility, cheerfulness, and dignity. The variety and excellence of his natural abilities, improved by education and enriched by science, raised him to a rank of eminence among literary characters.
His manners were engaging, his voice harmonious, his eloquence natural and powerful: his social virtues classical learning, eminent patriotism, shining talents for instructing youth, and zeal in the cause of christianity, are recorded on the tables of many hearts.
He died of an apoplexy, 29th July, A. D. 1791, ætatis suæ 53. The trustees and fellows of the college have erected this monument.
Lines written at the grave of an intimate Friend. "The musick was like the memory of joys that are past; "Pleasant-but melancholy to the soul."
DEAR is the memory of departed pleasures,
Dear is the turf where a dear friend reposes,
To linger still-tho' round the tempest low'rs,
And the shrill blast sweeps o'er the ice-clad meadows,
And gleaming moon-light, and dark fleeting shadows
In swift succession as the joys and sorrows-
Darkness o'er-clouds my soul-and shall there never
Soft in the west, the vesper star is beaming,
Dear is the memory of departed pleasures
Dearer, the hope sublime of joys on high! Oh! harp of Zion! tune thy loftiest measures, And raise thy swelling notes above the sky.
Sing of the voice that breaks the leaden slumbers
Of the redeem'd-erouding from south and north!
Sing heav'nly harp-yet stay-my feeble fingers-
And list'ning-lose the feebler voice of nature
And list'ning-with the strains divinely soarEv'n to the throne of Christ-the Mediator!
In whom his friends shall meet-to part no more.
Rhode-Island, February 10, 1815.
IF pity can thy bosom warm,
If constancy, whose vestal flame,
If that devotion which would place
Oh! let it soften thine!