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IN the month of April 1738, two cency, and became the general ob
bakers of St. Albans, going with ject of compassion ; and as the grew their bread to Colney, saw a poor better, was invited to the houses of miserable girl half-naked, lying on the principal people of the town to the side of a ditch ; hearing her tell her story. groans, they went up to her; and Her name, she said, was Mary the appeared to be so very weak, Ramsay, born in Hull, her father a that they led and supported her to very eminent surgeon and manan ale-house near the turnpike, midwife, lately dead, who had left where they left her to the care of her to the care of his brother, with the publican's wife ; fhe, seeing her a fortune of seven thousand pounds; in a dangerous condition, being als that he had lived with her uncle in most starved and emaciated, sent for a manner becoming her circumMr. Humphries, a very able apothe- ftances, and about a month before cary and surgeon in the town, that time, her uncle had fignified to who, by proper cordials, gave her her his intentions of fending her up relief. She was then put to bed, to London for education, and acand great care was taken of her for cordingly gave her a letter to a some time, when her strength began gentlewoman (whose name he had to return, and she was vilbly amend forgol) who kept a school, with ed in her health.
whom she was to board and lodge. In the mean time the ftory got and by her to be instructed in the about the town, and the most con- several accompliments necessary fiderable people of the place went for the formation of a young lady to see her. The girl, who had the of faihion ;, that he obliged her to most perfect innocence in her face, travel in the common waggon; that and was about nineteen years of the was dreied in a riding-habit age, behaved with the utmost de and jocky.cap, and went therein,
but all to no purpose ; she was so This was sufficient for her friends, young, so innocent, she could not they all agreed it was so; it was to frame such a story herself; it was no purpose to talk to them, they impollible : so really good, so truly were convinced of the poor dear pious, her story must be true, they girl's innocency, and the injustice would have it true, and therefore it done to her, and they resolved to was true.
protect her. Miss Ramsay was now in the The mayor, however, was advised zenith of her happiness, when this to write himself to Hull for greater very fiogular gentleman recollecting certainty; he accordingly addressed that he had an acquaintance in himself to two gentlemen there, Hull, a man of probity, fortune, who confirmed the account before and honour, wrote to him, inform- received. He was then convinced of ing him of the particulars, and de. bis error, read the two letters to the firing him to make all due enquiry, girl, and admonished her to confess and acquaint him with what he the truth; she became sullen, would should learn concerning Miss Ram. make no reply, upon which the say, her father, uncle, and fa- mayor committed her to the Bridemily.
well of the town. The answer received was to this There, without friends to eneffect: “ That a surgeon of the courge her wickedness, and support name of Ramsay had formerly lived her falfhood; without confederates in the neighbourhood of Hull, who to countenance her guilt, and reason was very poor all his life time, and her into a belief, that the crime conwho was confined for debt in the listed solely in the discovery, and castle of Lincoln, and died there not in the act itself; without mana. about ten years before ; that he gers, collectors, subscribers, adverhad two daughiers, abandoned tisers, puffers, twenty attornies, and wretches and common prostitutes, twice as many affidavit-men ; with who ftrolled about the country a good parcel of hemp to keep her under various and fallacious pre- in exercise, the jail allowance, and a tences ; that upon the strictelt en- proper time for refection, debarred quiry, he could not find that Ram- of all company, brought her to rea. fay had a brother; and that if the son, and Me confessed the whole to people of St. Alban's would pass be false from the beginning to the her to Hull, she would there meet end. with her defert."
The consequence of this was, me This letter was read to the was publicly whipperi at the cross gentlemen of the town, and to the next market day, and was aftergirl herself, who said, that the wards pafied away as a vagrant to knew the gentleman' who wrote it Hull. very well, and that he was a parti- The truth of the above is well cular friend of her uncle's, and an known to the inhabitants of St. associate in the trepanning scheme Albans. before mentioned,
To the Author of the Royal Magazine, GENTLEMEN, As much damage is often done where they are first seen; there they
in bean-crops by the Dolphin. begin their ravages, and spread fiy, any thing that may tend towards downwards, tilt they have deprived remedying so great an evil, cannot the farmer of the pleasing hopes he but be acceptable to your readers. had entertained of having a good
It is generally after a long crop. drought this black fly proves so It would be some alleviation of very destructive to all sorts of beans: this misfortune, if when the infect I am apt to think that they are first attacked the crop, the farmer more particularly tempted to attack should send into the field one or this crop, by the sap which exsudes more men, provided each with a from the pores of the plant being fcymeter or hanger : with these more suited to their taste than the they could easily lop off the heads fap of any other vegetable
of the beans, by which means a It may possibly be the food de- crop has been often saved; for ibis figned for them by nature; and fly is seldom known to rise again this is more probable, as they in. when it once falls with the bean-top crease so fafton beans, and are to the ground. Anorher remedy scarcely found elsewhere.
may be applied to this evil, but it is Being in a weak, and perhaps in. only practicable in small plots, which fantine state, when they first attack lie near the home-stall: the remedy the beans, it is natural to imagine I mean is, to turn all the turkies and that they should prey upon the most poultry into the field; these will tender part, and that which is best devour an amazing number of the adapted to give them a supply of insects, and have often been known sap, or, perhaps, of render food in to save a crop of beans. a condition to be macerated by their
. I am, Sir, yet delicate organs: the top there.
Your humble Servant, fore of the vegetable is the place