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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.

Original Poetry.

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,
Pleasing, yet melancholy to the mind,
Like distant musick, stealing in dying measures,
Or slowly swelling on the passing wind.

Dear is the turf where a dear friend reposes,
Once the companion of far happier hours,
Pleasing to linger there-as day-light closes-

To linger still-tho' round the tempest low'rs,

And the shrill blast sweeps o'er the ice-clad meadows,
Wildly responsive to each rising sigh,

And gleaming moon-light, and dark fleeting shadows
Alternate, o'er the chequer'd landscape fly

In swift succession as the joys and sorrows-
The hopes-and fears-which human life divide,
And gild our yesterdays—and cloud our morrows,
As o'er the varying vale of tears they glide:

Darkness o'er-clouds my soul-and shall there never
One ray of beauty break the midnight gloom?
Shall love and friendship sleep in death forever?
Nor virtue burst the winter of the tomb?

Soft in the west, the vesper star is beaming,
Radiant it broke, yon parted cloud beneath;
Thus shall the righteous shine-from earth redeemed,
Yea-thus triumphant burst the shroud of death.

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 death and hell-the voice that calls "come forth;"
Sing of the rising saints-the countless numbers

Of the redeem'd-erouding from south and north!

Sing heav'nly harp-yet stay-my feeble fingers-
My earth stain'd lips profane thy sacred chords,
Yet would I listen still, as o'er thee lingers
Sounds, inexpressible by mortal words.

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.
**** EURIC.

Rhode-Island, February 10, 1815.


IF pity can thy bosom warm,
Or mercy dwell in that fair form,
Which all the graces have combined
To render beauteous as thy mind;
Recall thy harsh decree!

If constancy, whose vestal flame,
Unchanged by time, is still the same,
Not even extinguished by despair,
Can plead its merits to the fair;
Oh! let it plead for me!

If that devotion which would place
Thee next to Heaven's eternal grace,
And prize thine, next to Heaven's love,
Can lady's heart to passion move;

Oh! let it soften thine!

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