Image from page 351 of "Thackerayana;" (1875)
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ssesand miseries of mankind. The incurables onno pretence whatsoever are to be visited orridiculed; as it would be altogether as inhumanto insult the unhappy wretches who never were possessed of theirsenses, as it is to make a jest of those who have unfortunatelylost them. No. 34. The World.—Aug. 23, 1753. II am well aware that there are certain of my readers who haveno belief in witches ; but I am willing to hope they are onlythose who either have not read, or else have forgot, the proceed-ings against them published at large in the state trials. If thereis any man alive who can deny his assent to the positive and cir-cumstantial evidence given againstthem in these trials, I shall onlysay that I pity most sincerely thehardness of his heart. What is it but witchcraft thatoccasions that universal and un-controllable rage for play, bywhich the nobleman, the man offashion, the merchant and the tradesman, with their wives, sons,and daughters, are running headlong to ruin? What is it but
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THE « WORLD: 329 witchcraft that conjures up that spirit of pride and passion for ex-pense by which all classes of men, from his grace at Westminster tothe salesman at Wapping, are entailing beggary upon their old age,and bequeathing their children to poverty and to the parish ? Ishall conclude by signifying my intention, one day or other, ofhiring a porter and sending him with a hammer and nails, and alarge quantity of horse-shoes, to certain houses in the purlieus ofSt. Jamess. I believe it may not be amiss (as a charm againstplay) if he had orders to fix a whole dozen of these horse-shoesat the door of Whitis? No. 37. The * World.—Sept. 13, 1753. On Toad-eating. To Mr. FitzAdam. 1 Sir,—I am the widow of a merchant with whom I livedhappily and in affluence for many years. We had no children,and when he died he left me all he had; but his affairs were soinvolved that the balance which I re-ceived, after having gone through muchexpense and trouble, was no more thanone thousand po
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