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induced him to change his sentiments; and Sir Humphry, in lieu of the 10,000l. has accepted a place.
Jemmy Lister, an attorney's clerk, was carried into the lottery by pure disinterested love. He had conceived a violent passion for his master's daughter; but the prudent old gentleman could not be prevailed on to give her away to a handsome young fellow without a penny. This enraged him so much, that he immediately sold the reversion of a small estate after the death of his grandmother, and by laying out the purchase-money, as far as it would go, in shares and chances, got the 10,000l. He was for some time in doubt, whether he should bestow his good fortune on the young lady, or employ it more fashionably in keeping a girl. However, his hopes soon sunk to one of the 5000l. prizes, which he generously determined to settle upon her together with his person. But in this too he was unhappily disappointed; and at last, like a true lover, contented himself with the thoughts of maintaining her very prettily (even though the father should give her nothing) on the income of one or other of the inferior prizes, which he was sure would fall to his lot. Fortune, alas! is no less blind a deity than love: they both conspired to disappoint him; and the unsuccessful gallant, having received a positive refusal from his mistress, out of mere spite directly married the maid.
Captain Mac Mullen, a decayed gamester, made shift to purchase the chance of a sixteenth, which (notwithstanding the great odds against him) came up 10,000l. The first thing to be done was to purchase a genteel suit of clothes with his part of the prize, hire an equipage, pass himself off for a man of quality, and snap up a rich dowager or heiress;
after which it was very easy for him to dupe all the raw gamesters at Arthur's out of their estates, and to take in all the knowing ones on the turf at Newmarket. He accordingly bespoke his liveries, settled the fashion of his chariot, and had already pitched upon the lady, whose good luck it should be to fall in love with him; but so uncertain is the state of a gamester, that since the drawing of the lottery he has advertised for charitable contributions to a distressed gentleman, who knows the world, and has had the honour to be intimate with most of the nobility and gentry in the kingdom.
I need not point out any particular instances among the other sex, with respect to their disposal of the Ten Thousand; which every lady had secured by choosing the ticket herself, taking particular care that the number should be an odd one. The married ladies have sufficient calls for even double this sum, to supply them with the necessaries of dress, and to answer the expenses of frequenting public diversions; and as to the unmarried ladies, they very well know the truth of that maxim in the ballad, that in ten thousand pounds ten thousand charms are centred.' Some ancient maiden ladies, who could never be brought to think of a husband, or to give into the vanities of the world, were resolved to live retired upon their prize in the country, and leave proofs of their good dispositions behind them, by swelling out their wills with a long list of items to this or that charity or hospital.
Before I conclude, I cannot but take notice of the great generosity of my own publisher upon getting the 10,000l. As his success was owing to his laying out in the lottery all the profits which had already risen from the publication of this paper, he had determined to circulate my future numbers gratis; and
had even designed to keep open house for the reception of poor authors. Unhappily for the public, as well as my brother writers, Fortune has frustrated his disinterested scheme: even I myself am admitted to eat his mutton but once a week; and (instead of giving away my papers) he has advertised, that the twelves edition of the Connoisseur will be published on Tuesday the 25th of this instant November, in two pocket volumes, price six shillings bound.
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