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And Gold but sent to keep the fools in play, 5
But I, who think more highly of our kind,
agen. Like Doctors thus, when much dispute has past, We find our tenets just the same at last. 16 Both fairly owning, Riches, in effect, No grace
of Heav'n or token of th' Elect; Giv'n to the Fool, the Mad, the Vain, the Evil, To Ward, to Waters, Chartres, and the Devil.
Ver. 20. JOHN WARD, of Hackney, Esq; Member of Parliament, being prosecuted by the Duchess of Buckingham, and convicted of Forgery, was first expelled the House, and then stood in the Pillory on the 17th of March 1727. He was fuspected of joining in a conveyance with Sir John Blunt, to secrete fifty thousand pounds of that Director's Estate, forfeited to the South-Sea company by Act of Parliament. The Company recovered the fifty thousand pounds against Ward; but he set up prior conveyances of his real estate to his brother and Son, and conceal'd all his personal, which was computed to be one hundred and fifty thousand pounds. These conveyances being also set aside by a bill in Chancery, Ward was imprisoned, and hazarded the forfeiture of his life, by not giving in his effects 'till the last day, which was that of his examination.
B. What Nature wants, commodious Gold bestows,
'Tis thus we eat the bread another fows.
During his confinement, his amusement was to give poison to dogs and cats, and see them expire by flower or quicker tor
To sum up the worth of this gentleman, at the several æra's of his life. At his standing in the Pillory he was worth above two hundred thousand pounds; at his commitment to Prison, he was worth one 'bundred and fifty thousand; but has been fince so far diminished in his reputation, as to be thought a worse man by fifty or fixty thousand.
Fr. CHARTRES, a man infamous for all manner of vices. When he was an ensign in the army, he was drumm'd out of the regiment for a cheat ; he was next banish'd Brussels, and drumm'd out of Ghent on the same account. After a hundred tricks at the gaming-tables, he took to lending of money at exorbitant interest and on great penalties, accumulating premium, interest, and capital into a new capital, and seizing to a minute when the payments became due ; in a word, by a constant attention to the vices, wants, and follies of mankind, he acquired an immense fortune. His house was a perpetual Bawdy-house. He was twice condemn'd for rapes, and pardoned; but the last time not without imprisonment in Newgate, and large confiscations. He died in Scotland in 1731, aged 62. The populace at his funeral rais'd a great riot, almost tore the body out of the coffin, and cast dead dogs, etc. into the grave along with it. The following Epitaph contains his character very juftly drawn by Dr. Arbuthnot:
HERE continueth to rot
P. But how unequal it bestows, observe,
'Tis thus we riot, while, who fow it, starve :
In spite of Age and INFIRMITIES,
Excepting PRODIGALITY and HYPOCRISY :
Nor was he more fingular
A MINISTERIAL ESTATE.
He was the only Person of his Time,
Retain his Primeval MEANNESS
Oh Indignant Reader !
To give to After-ages
in the Sight of GOD,
eftate in Land, and about one hundred thousand in Money,
What Nature wants (a phrafe I much distruft) 25.
But dreadful too, the dark Assassin hires :
In vain may Heroes fight, and Patriots rave;
Mr. WATERS, the third of these worthies, was a man no way resembling the former in his military, but extremely so in his civil capacity; his great fortune having been raised by the like diligent attendance on the necessities of others. But this gentleman's history must be deferred 'till his death, when his worth may be known more certainly.
VER. 34. If secret Gold fap on from knave to knave.] The expresfion is fine, and gives us the image of a place invested, where the approaches are made by communications which support each other; as the connections amongst knaves, after they have been taken in by a state engineer, serve to screen and encourage one another's private corruptions.
VER. 35. -beneath the Patriot's cloak,] This is a true story, which happened in the reign of William III. to an unsuspected old Patriot, who coming out at the back-door from having been closeted by the King, where he had received a large bag of Guinteas, the bursting of the bag discovered his business there,