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the course of a few weeks afterwards for less than first cost. Vendues are very hurtful to trade; there they are held daily, Sundays and Saturdays excepted, at which the Jews, a numerous tricking tribe, are permitted to exercise their talents, and are often “ a little roguish in money matters."

On every fide, their pliant tongues
Roar out, “ who bids;" the whole day long
They stretch and strain their brazen lungs,
With "going, going--there, its gone."

These Christ-killing dogs exert every base ineans to impose upon Christians; even their children are trained to villainy, keep pedling stands in the streets from morning until night, and are keen, cunning little sharpers.

Ever since the murdering of God Almighty, they are remarkably fond of gold and silver, and very expert at mixing base metals together, and polishing and gilding the fame; these foreskinclipped scoundrels have clipped and sweated almost all the coin, so that every unmilled piece of gold is weighed and wrapped in paper,

with the weight and value endorsed ;---hear what Jeremiah says of them :

" For every one, from the least even unto the “ greatest, is given to covetousness; from the - prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsly."


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Be always cautious how you purchase gold or silver ware from them, least they impose that which was stolen, or base metal upon you; and take care how you deal in their stores, for they delight in extortion; and beware of impositions at vendues, for one or more of them commonly attend to forestall at public sales; let your eyes, not their tongues, direct your judgment. There are several Jews all over the island, many rich merchants and planters.; the whole tribe assist each other with money or credit; so that in a very few years the poorest wandering Jerusalemite will accumulate wealth; they all live miserably mean upon planting, and some trash of darnaged herrings, and other saltfish, until they get independent in the world.

Although Jews are not permitted to reprenfent in assembly, nor to hold any public offices under government, yet they are suffered to give evidence among Christians, which I think is a dangerous fyftem, as it is well known they pay no regard to the Christian faith. I was credibly informed that the legislature, not twenty years ago, were about enacting a law to allow them no further privileges than mungrels; and it is to be lamented that it was not carried into execution, for they are a vile race. When a dishoneft person is involved in a law-suit likely to go against him for want of a material evidence, he


for a small premium get a Jew to attend the courts,


who being properly instructed, will swear to, and prove affertions which he is totally ignorant of to effect the acquital of the culprit in conformity with his engagement, so that he may thereby the better with certainty ingross the prize.

Jews are very remarkable; there is something curiously ill-looking in their tawny features I once failed from Charlestown with a Jew pedlar, and several other passengers; a copy of the Jews letter to his friend having fallen in my way. I translated it as follows:

Dear Moses, this chance is most pleasing to me,
To send the contents of my mind unto thee;
On board of the Neptune, a paffage I took,
With keen cunning notions of having good-look.
My slender adventure was prudently bought,
And such as wou'd answer this market, I thought:
For tobacco, chinkapins, salt, pork, and rice,
I expected to get an extravagant price:
And buoy'd myself up, that I wou'd not repent;
But to sell them, at least, at five hundred per cent.
The first of December, I think, was the day,
That I set off from Charlestown for Cape Françoise,
In company with monsieurs Quaver and Quiver,
(Two men of fortune, most noble and clever);
Likewife Mr. Randum, a foolish young man,
Monsieur Jaw, a brave count, but meagre and wan;
Mrs. Abraham’s, a lady who seem'd very sick,
And her hopeful sweet offspring, master Allick.

But O! those vile Christians henceforth I'll shun;
I was early, and late, the butt of their fun;


My * belt and my * girdle, and * leathern-horn,
They mock'd with derision each even' and morn;
My hair they compared to that of a hog,
Or the wool of a goat, or the beard of a dog;
And said that my mother, when pregnant of me,
Was fond of dry'd pork to a longing degree;
Which cruel aspersion they only suppose,
Because there's a mark of a pig on my nose;
I'm deem'd a Mulatto, a cheat, and a knave,
And threat'n'd to be fold for an African flave!
Now keen little Isaac ! David, or Saul;
Or, wise little Solomon, wisest of all !
Again, he's a pedlar! a Christ-killing Jew!
Nay, Random took pains to lible me too ;
Such barbarous redicule hurted me fore,
'Till we came to anchor, and I got a shore,
But how shall I alter the theme of my song,
To paint the fad scene, how matters go on :
My heart it does jump, like a bird in a cage,
And flutters about thro'my breast in a rage ;
My brain is confus'd, and my senses are lost,
To find all my schemes so woefully croft.
How am I confounded! How hard is my fate!
My falt-pork, and ground-nuts, will hardly pay freight;
My chinkapins, dry-fish, and herrings, I fear,
Won't bring me first-coft: O what brought me here !
All merchandize now is at such a low rate,
That, alass! I can't think which way for to cheat ;
However, my apples I sold very well,
Because I knew they were rotten as hell;
A Frenchman juft bought them, “a pig in a poke,"
At five dollars a barrel isn't this a good joke?
And now I have rented a store from a Jew,

Who swears he'll affift me to cheat at vendue; * When he prayed, he stripped his arın naked and girded it, and wore a leathern horn on his forehead.


Where, if I succeed, I will settle content,
"Till I muster as much as I gambled and spent;
If not, to Jamaica I shortly will go ;
Where I'll meet a rich friend, Alexander Lindo.
My compliments to my sweet cousins and nieces;
I am yours and their servant, David Courtieces.



Executors, administrators, and attornies to estates, often accumulate larger fortunes than the heirs or proprietors; their poor orphans are sadly cheated during their 'minority, their properties involved, abused and reduced, or totally swallowed up by greedy guardians. Cruel fosterors ! There the executor, or administrator, possesses himself at once of the European's property as his own; and, regardless of love, honor and gratitude, forgets every tie of friendship, and pays not the least attention to the lalt request of his nearest and deareft deceased friend, on the execution of the important trust reposed in him ; but, on the contrary, blesses the quack's poisonous pills and draughts, which hurried him a vay, and rejoices more at his own fortunate state than if he was made the heir : He seldom makes remittances; and when from importunities, or other circumstances, he is obliged to make any, they are but trilling, and are commonly accompanied with specious and easy framed apologies, to screen his villainy; such as drought, hurricanes, bad debts, death of slaves and catcle, &c. &c.

I have known many executors and administracors, inany attornies and guardians, (seeming


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