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the course of a few weeks afterwards for less than first cost. Vendues are very hurtsul 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 roguilh 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 little (harpers.
Ever since the murdering of God Almighty, they are remarkably fond of gold and silver, and very expert at mixing base metals together, and polistiing 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 fays 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 "falfly."
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 fales; 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 Jerufalemite will accumulate wealth; they all live miserably mean upon planting, and some trash of damaged herrings, and other faltfish, until they get independent in the world.
Although Jews are not permitted to reprenfenf 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 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 surther privileges than mungrels; and it is to be lamented that it was not carried into execution, for they are a vile race. When a dishonest person 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,
wha who being properly instructed, will swear to, and prove assertions 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 j 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 passage I took, With keen cunning notions of having good-loot. My slender adventure was prudently bought, And such as wou'd answer this marker, I thought; For tobacco, chinkapins, falt, 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 Francoise, . In company with monfieurs Quaver and £htiver% (Two men of fortune, most noble and clever); Likewise 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; t
My * belt and my * girdle, and * leathern-horn,
My brain is confus'd, and my fenses are lost,
How am I confounded! How hard is my fate!
My salt-pork, and ground-nuts, will hardly pay freight;
My chinkapins, dry-fish, and herrings, I fear,
Won't bring me first-cost: 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 fold very well,
Because I knew they were rotten as hell;
A Frenchman just 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 aslist me to cheat at vendue;
* When he prayeJ, he stripped his aria naked and girded it, and wore a Jeaihei n hoin on his forehead.
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 fadly 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 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 wa9 made the heir: He seldom makes remittances; and when from importunities, or other circumstances, he is obliged to make any, thev are but trifling, and are commonly accompanied with specious and easy framed apologies, to screen his villainy; such as drought, hurricanes, bad debts, death of slaves and cattle, &c. &c.
I have known many executors and administrators, many attornies and guardians, (seeming