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it by the law, to prevent these men's seeking th ruin of others, by their deceitful advertisements.

Now I shall leave the readers to judge what were my feelings, when this case was laid before me; they need not marvel at my earnest prayer, that the Lord would deliver my friends out of such bands. You may see by the letter the answer that was given me, and for what ends the Lord permitted them to fall into these dangers, to bring the whole to light; and therefore they were ordered to try it by the law, and not to strengthen the hands of evil doers to go on in these practices to injure others the same.

And now you will see there was cause enough for divine interference; and as they say I interfered, I grant it is true ; for wher. I saw what arts were practised under the pretence of lending money, by their advertisements, I told my friends it was like a man's putting out a sign to entertain travellers, to have it in his power to rob them; and the pretended friendship of Mr. King, advising them to renew their bills, under a pretence of friendship of gaining time, it was to make the robbery complete, like the pretended friendship. of an inn-keeper I heard of, who kept an inn upon the road. A gentleman and a lady stopped at this inn to sleep ; the gentleman perceived in the evening what a dangerous house they were in, and hinted to the lady his suspicions, and desired her to sit up in his room for the night, as he bad reasons to believe she would not be safe in a room by herself, and be would protect her if she staid up in the room with him. The sady at first consented, the gentleman oraered a fire in his room, and told the landlord he should sit up all night writing ; the lady said she would sit up with him. This alarmed the landlord and his wife, and they remonstrated with the lady of the impropriety of her staying up with a gentleman ; they pleaded of honour, honesty, and friendship, to the lady, and said so imprudent a thing could not be done in their house ; they reasoned with her, unda

à pretence of friendship, till they prevailed upon her to retire to a room by herself. The gentleman, finding his effort to save her in vain, retired to his apartment, and secured his door in such manner with the furniture in the room, that it was impossible for any one to force it open. At midnight he heard the lady cry murder; and soon after they came to his door ; but finding it impossible to break it open, they attempted to come in at the window; but the 'gentleman having pistols with him shot the man; and he remained in the room till the morning, and then called to the people that passed by the house, and told them what had happened. He waited till they brought the soldiers to the house, and then he came down and had the house searched, and the lady with many other dead bodies were found in it; so they were all taken and hanged, and the house was put down.

This parable, that I brought forward to my friends, is a case of robbery and murder; and though there was no murder in their case, yet they would surely find all the arts and persuasions of Mr. King under pretended friendship to them, to renew the bills, and all the advice that he gave, was to swindle them out of their property,

as the advice of the landlord was to the lady to take away her life. And now I have seen the truth of the parable appear, I shall publish to the world how strong were my arguments pointed out to them, of the dangerous hands they were in ; for the likeness of the parable now perfectly appears, as Mr. King had pretended the greatest friendship to Mr. Sharp; and in his first letter to me, he says, " when the day of investigation comes, I will stand by the side of Sharp, whom I believe to be an honest man." In his second letter he says, “ I am so convinced of the faith and integrity of Sharp and Wilson, that I shall always assist them, when I am called upon." And now I shall shew 'what his friendship was, and what his assistance hath been in the following transaction.

Mr. Sharp informs me that Mr. Delvalle had a bill to negotiate for him for 150 1. and he received of Mr. Delvalle two checks, one for 30 l, and the other for 50 l; the 30 l. was paid, but the 501, was refused, which he gave back to Mr. King, who said he would take the bill upon himself. Mr. Sharp paid hiin the 301, that he had received, and 5 l. interest for two months; but when the bill became due Mr. King said he could not take it up, but it must be renewed; he then persuaded Mr. Sharp to let him have three bills, amounting to 125 ), to take up the bill of 1501; but promised Mr. Sharp he should never be troubled for them, as he would provide for them when they became due. The 1501 bill he did not take up; and when the three bills became due, instead of providing for them himself, as he promised, Mr. Delvalle and

he agreed together, and suffered two actions on each bill to be brought against Sharp and Wilson, to rob them, to pay their own debts. How far the statement given by Mr. Delvalle of the money he says he paid to Mr. King is true I know not, as he denies receiving the money of him. So it rests between them two. And thus hath been Mr. King's friendship like the landlord in the parable I have mentioned; though not in murder, but in the robbery; and perfecily they have acted like another parable I told my friends of, in Mr. King's having dinners to entertain his guests, and shewing them every attention and kindness, was just like a pretended gentleman that I have heard of, who lived in an elegant country house ; and whenever he could meet with any strange gentlemen, he used to invite them to come to his house; an elegant dinner was provided for them, and he gave them plenty of wine; after dinner he would ask them into his garden to see his fishpond; and when he had got 'them on the brink he had a large dog called Cæsar, and as soon as he spoke to the dog, and called him by his name, the dog would seize the gentlemen and drag them into the pond ; and after they were drowned, he would take them out and strip them of what property they had about them. This practice lie carried on for a long time, before a gentleman canie who had formerly been the master of the dog. He was entertained the same as the others, with a grand dinner and plenty of wine ; after dinner he was invited to see this fishpond, and when he came to the brink, the other spoke to the dog as usual, and the dog was going to seize him ; but the gentleman recollecting the dog, said, Cæsar, dost not thou know me, Cæsar? The dog immediately turned and seized the gentleman who had taught him that practice, and dragged him into the pond and drowned him; and then the pond was searched, and the villainy found out; as many dead bodies were found at the bottom.

This parable I brought forward to my friends, that they would see the likeness in Mr. King's friendship; for he would strip them though he did not drown them, and therefore I warned them to have nothing more to do with him, but to bring the whole before the public, and bring all the unjust deeds to light, if they would not comply with the justice offered them, in taking the money they had advanced, with a reasonable interest for the same ; but justice they refused. And now I shall shew how clear the likeness of this parable hath appeared, and then let the readers judge of the end. After I had written to Mr. King, and brought forward these parables to my friends, I received a letter from Mr. Delvalle, desiring to have an interview with me. I complied with his request, and met him at a friend's house, After much conversation upon the 'bills, he said he had paid the money on Mr. Sharp's bill into Mr. King's hands; and ivhen the bill became due Mr. King told him it must be renewed, and he would get him bills of small sums, but he could not let him

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have the money he had put into his hands, as he
had made use of it to free Mr. Butler Danvers from
a spunging house ; so he let him have these bills from
Sharp and Wilson to pay his own debts with.
I asked him, why they had not come upon

Mr. King for the money, when the bills became due? He said, because Mr. King would not put his name to the bills, and therefore they could not come upon him. He further said, thay Mr. King had such art and ways in doing his business, that he would have no witnesses present; neither would hę put his name to a bill; that he acted in such manner as to screen himself from justice; and though he had ruined many men, two in particular, that one broke his heart in a prison, and the other died in a spunging house, yet for all this, he was not brought to justice. I pleaded to Mr. Delvalle the injustice done to Mr. Sharp, for him to pay bills that he had received no value for. He answered, that Mr. King told him, a few thousands was nothing to Mr. Sharp. I told hiin he was mistaken there ; for then he would not have wanted to borrow money.

He said he asked Mr. King, what he should do about the bills. Mr. King answered, go and tell the people that Mr. Sharp had said that all would be overturned in March; that it was of no use to pay any one, and other words of an infamous nature; but this Mr. Delvalle said he refused to do, and told him he had never heard Mr. Sharp say any such thing in his life, and therefore he would not say it. 'Mr. King answered, Poh! Poli!


and say it; if you have not, I have. When I told Mr. Sharp what Mr. Delvalle had said, Mr. Sharp said he had never said it, nor even thought of such a thing, and was astonished at the infamy of Mr. King. that he was not contented with the injuries he had done him in his property, but now was trying to do him more injury, by robbing him of his character, and would take away his life, if he could gain false wit

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