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cature his pomposity, replied, " And I in return, Mr. Frampton, request you to walk magisterially out of the room.'
I have never said any thing of the Dorchester Gaoler's wife, never liking to say any thing agaiust a woman, though I have heard of many insolent observations from her. But to shew how well she matches the Gaoler, I will mention her conduct as described to me since I left the Gaol, with respect to the accouchement of Mrs. Carlile. One would bave supposed, that the wife of the Gaoler would have visited any prisoner at such a moment; but though Mrs. Andrews prays and is very religious, she is much too ignorant, too baughty and too self conceited, though a poor jpane thing, to observe the rules of ordinary humanity. I never heard of her doing an act of kindness to either male or female prisoner, while the mother of the present Gaoler would do good by stealth. When Mrs. Carlile was in labour, the matron, always attentive, was observant of that attention which was suitable to the occasion ; and though, in any matter connected with myself, I have found no reason to respect the Surgeon, I confess, that he did his duty in the best manner on that occasion. But as to Mrs. Andrews, the only circumstance that I bare heard of her as connected with the affair is, that, in noticing the basty movements of tbe matron, sbe sneeringly observed :-" And seems quite in a fright; because Carlile's wife is in labour!” The matron though a servant, expressed her disgust at the conduct of ber mistress, and this oue anecdote may be received as a sample of the general conduct of the Gaoler's wife. For my part, for the last three years, or from the period here spoken of, I bave never thought Gaoler or wife worth a passing notice.
The reader must now suppose me on the top of the coach getting well blown upon by a high wind on the Dorset Downs, almost the wbole country between Dorcbester and Bridport being upcultivated. The weather being fine, I preferred the outside to the inside seat : but was sent in by a shower before we got to Bridport. Here I found two ladies, both travellers and both intelligent, the one young and the other old. It appeared, that they had not heard my name at the stopping of the coach, and the old lady,
though she subsequently protested that she was not a politi. cian, and that as to Republicanism she had not an idea of it, made a fair trial upon my seditious qualities, by endeavouriog to call them forth, in reprobatiog tbe conduct of the king and his ministers, in not giving the upcultivated land to those who left the country to seek such land elsewhere. I assured the lady, that the king was better disposed than his ministers or the aristocracy were disposed to encourage him to be, and that the Church more than he kept the land upcultivated and expatriated its children to seek a cheaper land, a land free from tithes and other enormous taxes. This was assented to; because nothing was said about religion. But the old lady, determined that I should not defend the character of the king, brought up the case of the late queen and made me so seditious as to confess that it was bad. This was our subject, until we reached Bridport. Here we dined at Tucker's, from Rabbit and Goose, a decidedly bad dinner. It was observed, by one at the table, that geese in some cases, lived a century; and we supposed the one on the table to bave been pinety-nine years old at its death. As a finish, we had some pastry in a state of dissolution, mildewing or putrifying. I never saw such a thing put to a table; and for these comforts we were charged the moderate price of three and sixpence each. So, Mr. Tucker mind what you send to table, wben I again pass through Bridport.
I bad a friend with me, at this my first motion on the face of the earth, after my new birth, my regeneration, my salvation, my being born again with fire and water and inspired with the spirit of the Logos, as we first rate Cbris. tians can say, as well as they of the inferior classes, and I informed him, that I had met with a lady more republican than myself, to whom, on the next stage, I intended to make myself knowu. On re-entering the coach, the most agreea- ! ble and most liberal political conversation arose. I was all perfection in my views, and by the apparent excitement : and attention of both ladies, I supposed myself a most charming companion to them; but lo! the fatal moment came, my ambition induced me to announce my name, really tbinking I had found a female supporter; but alas ! I found my mistake, one face went up to one window of the coach aod the other to the other, and it appeared a matter of ques. tion as to the propriety of going further with me. All tbat I could do in complimenting the elder on her correct political views availed me nothing. She protested that she was not a politician, did not know that she had talked politics thought it very wrong for ladies to meddle with any thing of the kind, and as to attacks upon religiou, she abhorre them! A long silence occurred, though I endeavoured to
look most humble and explanatory. At length, the elder lady began a sort of indirect lecture upon the impropriety of shocking religious impressions. I appealed to her opinion of me before I had announced my name and it required all the art I was ipaster of to redeem an aton of good grace before we reached Exeter. Every attempt to defend or explain wbat I had done sent the lady's face up to the window; but by the next morning, op her leaving the inn, she sent her compliments to me by my friend.
I am surprised at my reception in Exeter. I had not in-tended to stop or to sit down in any house, but just to shew myself to my old acquaintances, that they might see that I. was not metamorphosed into that old dragon about which they have heard so much. I find, that I can scarcely get away. This town is rapidly improving in knowledge.. Tbe first day of my stay, bere was a meeting at the Guildhall, for the establishment of a Mechanics Institute, and I: heard a Mr. Tyrrell say some things quite to the purpose, , just what I should have liked to bave said myself on a simi.. lar occasion. He said, and said most truly, that the only object of such institutions was to increase the amount of knowledge and to raise the labouring man to a sense of his importance in society. A man who can oppose these institutions cannot be both honest and wise: and thus it is, that we see EXETER'S PUBLIC FOOL, AND EXETER'S DISGRACE, JOHN Cooke, trying to form an intelligible sentence against them.
This is the whole of my journal to the morning of the 25tb, and now I am writing while I want sleep. I shall miss for a time the solitude of the Gaol with regard to filling • The Republican ;' but I begin to experience tbat I shall add to my improvement by a contact with all charac-. ters.
I mark with emotion, the bideous, unsocial, uncheerful, unhappy, ugly face which religion generates, and I see anew the importance of what I have done and of what. I intend to do for the improvement of the female face as well as the female mind. It is knowledge alone that can give real beauty to the face : a mere fair outline, without knowledge to give it expression, is but a cold and lifeless statue and can charm none but weak minds. Nor can dress make up for the defects which an ignorant or a religious face exbibits. It heightens them and forms but a double deception. It deceives the wearer and he who is attracted by it and decoys both into a spare that ine- vitably generates an uphappy life, for which no external appearance can atone. Ladies, to be truly bappy and truly beautiful, you must seek wisdom and love trutb.
TO MR. R. CARLILE DORCHESTER GAOL.
Sir, If the following subject meets your approbation, it is at your service.
Being at Margate, in the month of September for the benefit of the salt water, I went, one Sunday, to Hughes's music room, to look at the newspapers. I found no one there but a Jewess, whose object was the same as mine. After I entered, sbe, for some time, was reading intently some subject that seemed to engage her attention. But as it is natural for people, before they speak, to view their company with the eye of criticism, to see what sort of subjects they have fallen in with, and how to adapt a suitable discourse to draw the attention, we were thus situated for some minutes, before we entered into conversation. At last, the Jewess, after rolling her fine black eyes upon me several times, then turning them from the paper which she had in her hands upon the ocean, brake silence, by exclaiming,-_" Bless me! I think suicides become more common every day! here is an account of another person laying violent hands upon himself! What can induce people to act so mad a part, to take away that life and to destroy that body that was out of their power to create, and apparently to put an end to that existence which commenced but a few years back, in the memory of thousands of their contemporaries; what can so push them on to delirium and madness ?" I answered, that the mind, like the body, is only capable of sustaining a certain pressure, all beyond that must press it to the earth.
As I found my companion the Jewess a sensible woman and capable of entering into historical and metaphysical arguments, I started a few questions respecting the modes of faith professed by the different nations on the earth, but more particularly the religion of the Jewish people.
She seemed partial to discussions of that nature, my observations were well received by her, and she immediately entered into my views
I asked her what she thought of the Christian religion, and what was her opinion of the founder of the doctrine?-You must know, said she, that he whom you suppose to have beeu the founder of your religion had nothing to do in the affair. He was one of our people and professed himself to be such. Your priests, who live by telling you, that Jesus Christ was the son of God, that he came down from heaven commissioned by the Almighty to preach this doctrine to the race of man, that he converted a few ignorant fishermen to his doctrine, to assist him in propagating the faith, such poor ignorant stupid fellows as we see lounging about Margate Pier, know, that this fale, trumpt up by designing men, as the beginning of your Christian faith is false. But, said she, I will ask you, whether, this tale carries any probability of truth with it? If a person were to come into Margate to-day, and tell the people that he was the son of God, that he came down from heaven by a summons from the Almighty, all the probability of any conversions to his assertions would be among the most illiterate people of the town. The well-informed and sensible would turn away with disgust at the tale. Is it any more likely, that a thing of that kind should take place in Judea, than in England ? Have you not heard of something similar to it in the person of Johannah Southcote, who was to have bred the Shiloh ? And pray how did that turn out, when put to the test by sensible men and physicians? In the saine way that the tale of the Virgin Mary and her son Jesus would have ended, had it been put to the same scrutiny.
To be explicit upon the subject, I will inform you how your religion originated. The Romans, being jealous of the Jewish people, on account of the superior attachment which they manifested towards the doctrine of Moses, and finding, that, at Rome, they had nothing to offer to the people of their nation so valuable as what is contained in the Pentateuch, set to work, sometime between the second and third century of your era, to form those books called the gospel. I assure you, said she, that those books which go by the names you see attached to them, were never written by those people; but by artful men of Rome, who made it a state trick. Their only object was money, or to make a lucrative
job of it. Weigh these things over, that I advance to you, and - you will find what I say to be true. If any such thing had taken
place in Judea, as is told the people now-a-days, would not our people, the Jews, have been apprized of it? Instead of that, the story is fabricated by foreigners, and we are persecuted for not believing it!! Our people were upon the spot, and they say positively that nothing of the kind occurred there.
I asked the lady, what was her opinion of a future state, telling her, that the Jewish Bible was very silent upon that head. She replied, that the Pentateuch said very little upon a future life, but the generality of the Jews thought that there were hopes of a future existence, but she had her doubts upon the subject. Solomon expressly declared, that there was no difference between a man and a beast, for they all go to one place, and at the close of the sentence, he says, (admitting that there was an opinion then prevalent regarding a future state of existence) who knoweth that