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you do you fee, is, to tack about, "and bear away, becaufe fo be it may happen, you may get your standing "rigging damaged, or your carved "work crushed by the heavy laden "colliers that are running down to "leeward." The lady fmiled, and faid "What you please, captain:" on which they tacked about and bore away. "Lord!" fays my owner, "can no body tell me who that "ftrange fish is, and how he came in"to the company of that comely wo"man?" "I can have the pleasure "of fatisfying your curiofity," replies his friend, "for I am intimate "with both that agreeable lady and "her husband, who is here himself; "but he has left them, because he "knows he cannot give her greater "pleasure than to be gallanted by B 3
"the captain: his uncommon remarks "and the uncouth manner of ex"preffing them are always a high "treat to her."
"You must know, that the captain "is commander of a large fhip that "trades to the coast of Africa for "flaves, from whence he has fetched "his copper complexion; he has been "at fea ever fince he was seven years "old, with fuch fhort intervals on
fhore, that he knows as little of "land-matters as any of his brother "inhabitants of the great deep; he is "first cousin to this lady's husband, "who was bred up to the law, but, "getting a large fortune with her, "and having no children, he has left "the roguery of that profeffion to "thofe that chufe it, and lives with
"her very happily on their income. "The manner of the captain's firft introducing himself into her acquain"tance, I fancy, fhe wont eafily for66 get."
"About five years ago, after "captain Copper-phiz had made his "firft voyage, wherein he had been "very fuccefsful, hearing that his "coufin had married well, he refolv"ed to pay him a vifit; on which "he ordered a Wapping taylor to equip him with a new fuit; the "taylor not only undertook to per"form his own part towards equip
bet recommended a
ping him o
"wig: on the
"cabbin; the taylor brought the ve
ry fuit you fee him have on now; "the hatter the very hat; but the barber, who proved to be an old "Frenchman, did not bring that wig; he had by him an apotheca"ry's short white bob, made for his "own hair, to comb over the front, "this he told the captain was the tip66 top fashion, and accordingly, in "pruning his black locks, referved a "fine border in front, to comb over "his curious white wig, which every body must conceive, matched as "well as a dark bay, and a cream"coloured horse; however, after fhaving his beard clofer than ever "it had been fince it made its first appearance on his chin, and fcowr"ing his face with his washball clean"er than the five foregoing fummer
"funs had ever seen it, with the help "of powder and pomatum he made "the black hairs agree with the white "ones much better than could be expected, and fent the captain out a complete Wapponian beau.
"On his arrival at the house, he "afked the footman for his coufin Lovely; the fervant told him his "mafter was expected home every "moment to dinner, but his mistress "was above stairs: "That will do very "well," fays the tar, "I went to fee "madam." Upon which the footman "conducted him into a neat little “parlour, where, when they had no 66 company, this happy couple al-' "ways dined. The table cloth was "fpread for dinner, in the center of "which stood a neat little pyramid of