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the course of a few weeks afterwards for less than first coft. 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 side, their pliant tongues
These Christ-killing dogs exert every base means 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 liccle 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 same; these forefkinclipped 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 “ falny.".
Be always cautious how you purchase gold or filver 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 feveral Jews all over the island, many rich merchants and planters ; the whole tribe afist each other with money or credit; fo that in a very few years the poorest wandering Jerusalemice will accuinulate wealth; they all live miserably mean upon planting, and some trash of damaged here sings, 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 system, as it is well known they pay no segard to the Christian faith. I was credibly informed that the legislature, not twenty years ago, were about enacting a law to allow them no fure ther privileges than mungrels; and it is to be la. mented that it was not carried into execution, for they are a vile race. When a dishonest perfon is involved in a law-suit likely to go against him for want of a material evidence, he may 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 sailed 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 Mofes, this chance is most pleasing to me,
But O! those vile Christians henceforth I'll fhun; I was early, and late, the butt of their fun;
My * belt and my * girdle, 'and * leathern-horn,
Who fwears he'll aslift me to cheat at vendue;
Where, if I succeed, I will settle content,
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, poffeffes 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 last request of his nearest and dearest 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 away, 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 trifling, and are commonly accompanied with fpecious and easy framed apologies, to screen his villainy; such as drought, hurricanes, bad debts, death of naves and catcle, &c. &c.
I have known many executors and administracors,, many attornies and guardians, (seeming