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B. What Nature wants, commodious gold bestows, 'Tis thus we eat the bread another sows.
bawdy-house. He was twice condemned for rapes, and pardoned; but the last time not without imprisonment in Newgate, and large confiscations. He died in Scotland, in 1731, aged sixty-two. The populace at his funeral raised a great riot, almost tore the body out of the coffin, antl cast dead dogs, &c., into the grave along with it. The following epitaph contains his character very justly drawn by Dr. Arbuthnot:
HERE continueth to rot
The Body of FRANCIS CHARTRES,
In spite of AGE and INFIRMITIES,
In the PRACTICE of EVERY HUMAN VICE;
His insatiable AVARICE exempted him from the first,
In the undeviating pravity of his manners,
In Accumulating WEALTH;
For, without TRADE or PROFESSION,
He was the only Person of his Time,
Who could CHEAT without the Mask of HONESTY,
When possessed of TEN THOUSAND & Year,
Think not his Life useless to Mankind!
PROVIDENCE Connived at his execrable Designs,
A conspicuous PROOF and EXAMPLE,
Of how small estimation is EXORBITANT WEALTH
By his bestowing it on the most UNWORTHY of ALL MORTALS. This gentleman was worth seven thousand pounds a year estate in land, and about one hundred thousand in money.
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
P. But how unequal it bestows, observe,
B. Trade it' may help, society extend:
P. But lures the pirate, and corrupts the friend.
P. But bribes a senate, and the land 's betray'd.
Or ship off senates to some distant shore ;
A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro
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. [The same person who is introduced under the character of "wise Peter," whose name was Walter, though sometimes called Waters.-BOWLES. See Additional Notes.]
3 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 guineas, the bursting of the bag discovered his business there.
[Sir Christopher Musgrave, who, Burnet says, had £12,000 from King William III.]
4 In our author's time, many princes had been sent about the world, and great changes of kings projected in Europe. The partition treaty had disposed of Spain; France had set up a king for England, who was sent to Scotland, and back again; King Stanislaus was sent to Poland, and back again; the Duke of Anjou was sent to Spain, and Don Carlos to Italy.
5 Alludes to several ministers, counsellors, and patriots banished in our time to Siberia, and to that more glorious fate of the Parliament of Paris, banished to Pontoise in the year 1720.
Pregnant with thousands slits the scrap unseen,
Oh! that such bulky bribes as all might see,
Could France or Rome divert our brave designs,
What could they more than knights and 'squires confound,
A statesman's slumbers how this speech would spoil!
Poor avarice one torment more would find;
His Grace will game: to White's a bull be led,8
6 Some misers of great wealth, proprietors of the coal-mines, had entered at this time into an association to keep up coals to an extravagant price, whereby the poor were reduced almost to starve, till one of them, taking advantage of underselling the rest, defeated the design. One of these misers was worth ten thousand, another, seven thousand a year.
7 Sir William Colepepper, Bart., a person of an ancient family, and ample fortune, without one other quality of a gentleman, who, after ruining himself at the gaming-table, passed the rest of his days in sittting there to see the ruin of others: preferring to subsist upon borrowing and begging, rather than to enter into any reputable method of life, and refusing a post in the army which was offered him.
[The name originally given in this verse was Hawley, meaning, we suppose, General Hawley, the military Jeffreys, whose incompetence and negligence lost the battle of Falkirk, in 1745. Sir William Colepepper was uncle of the then Duke of Roxburgh. He died March 28th, 1740.]
8 [White's Club-house, in St. James's-street, a noted place for gambling. Horace Walpole mentions (1750) a good story in the papers on White's. A man dropped down dead at the door; the club immediately made bets whether he was dead or not, and when they were going to bleed him, the wagerers for his death interposed, and said it would affect the fairness of the bet.]
To White's be carried, as to ancient games,
To spoil the nation's last great trade, Quadrille !
9 [The "soft Adonis" was no doubt Lord Hervey.]
10 One who, being possessed of three hundred thousand pounds, laid down his coach because interest was reduced from five to four per cent., and then put seventy thousand into the Charitable Corporation for better interest; which sum having lost, he took it so much to heart, that he kept his chamber ever after. It is thought he would not have outlived it, but that he was heir to another considerable estate, which he daily expected, and that by this course of life he saved both clothes, and all other expenses.
[Richard Turner, usually called "Plum Turner." He had been a Turkey merchant. His death took place on the 8th of February, 1733.]
11 A nobleman of great qualities, but as unfortunate in the application of them, as if they had been vices and follies. See his character in the First Epistle.
12 A citizen, whose rapacity obtained him the name of Vulture Hopkins. He lived worthless, but died worth three hundred thousand pounds, which he would give to no person living, but left it so as not to be inherited till after the second generation. His counsel representing to him how many years it must be before this could take effect, and that his money could only lie at interest all that time, he expressed great joy thereat, and said, "They would then be as long in spendin as he had been in getting it." But the Chancery afterwards set aside the will, and gave it to the heir-at-law.
13 Japhet Crook, alias Sir Peter Stranger, was punished with the loss of those parts, for having forged a conveyance of an estate to himself, upon which he took up several thousand pounds. He was at the same time sued in Chancery for having fraudulently obtained a will, by which he possessed another considerable estate, in wrong of the brother of the deceased. By
Can they in gems bid pallid Hippia glow,
To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate,
Perhaps you think the poor might have their part;
these means he was worth a great sum, which (in reward for the small loss of his ears) he enjoyed in prison till his death, and quietly left to his
14 A famous Duchess of R. in her last will left considerable legacies and annuities to her cats.
15 This Epistle was written in the year 1730, when a corporation was established to lend money to the poor upon pledges, by the name of the Charitable Corporation; but the whole was turned only to an iniquitous method of enriching particular people, to the ruin of such numbers, that it became a parliamentary concern to endeavour the relief of those unhappy sufferers, and three of the managers, who were members of the house, were expelled. By the report of the committee appointed to inquire into that iniquitous affair, it appears that when it was objected to the intended removal of the office, that the poor, for whose use it was erected, would be hurt by it, Bond, one of the directors, replied, "Damn the poor." That "God hates the poor," and, "That every man want is knave or fool," &c., were the genuine apophthegms of some of the persons here mentioned.
[Dennis Bond, Esq., of Grange, was long in Parliament, and represented successively the boroughs of Dorchester, Corfe Castle, and Poole. He died January 30, 1746-7, and his large estates devolved upon his nephew, John Bond. Sir Gilbert, in the next line, is Sir Gilbert Heathcote. See Additional Notes.]