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smelling and weighing them ; see you have good Measure ; stand by while your Horses are eating their Oats. When
When you enter your Evening-Inn, let your Horses Feet be stuffed with Cow Dung every Night.
Observe the fame Rules, only be sure if any Thing be wanting for a Smith, let it be done over Night.
Know the Time your Master will set out in the Morning : Allow him a full Hour to get himself ready. Contrive both at Morn and Noon to eat, so that your Master need not stay for
you. Do not let the Drawer carry the Bill to your Master, but examine it first carefully and honestly, and then bring it yourself, and be able to account for every Article. If the Servants have not been civil, tell your Master before their Faces, when he is going to give them Money.
Duty of the other Servant, where there are two.
Ride forty Yards behind your Master, but be mounted before him. Observe now and then whether his Horse's Shoes be right. When you come to an Inn at Noon, give your Horse to the Oftler ; beftir yourself to get a convenient Room for your Master ; bring all his Things into his Room, full in his Sight; enquire what is in the House, see it yourfelf, and tell your Master how you like it.
like it. Step yourself now and then into the Kitchen to
hasten Dinner or Supper, and observe whether they be cleanly. Taste the Ale, and tell your Master whether it be good or bad. If he wanteth Wine, go you with the Drawer and chuse a Bottle well filled and stopped : If the Wine be in Hogsheads, desire to taste and smell it ; if it be four, or not clear, or ill-tasted, let your Master know it, that he may not be at the Charge of Wine not fit to be drank. See the Salt be dry and powdered, the Bread new and clean, the Knives sharp. observe the same Rules: But first chufe him a warm Room, with a Lock and Key in order, then call immediately for the Sheets, see them well aired, and at a large Fire ; feel the Blankets, Bed, Bolster, and Pillow, whether they be dry, and whether the Floor under the Bed be damp. Let the Chamber be that which hath been last lain in ; enquire about it. If the Bed itself be damp, let it be brought before a large Fire, and air it on both sides. That
you may forget nothing in the Inn, have a fair List of all that you want to take out; and when you put them up, compare them with your Lift.
You are to step now and then into the Stable to see whether the Groom performeth his Duty.
For packing up your Things, have a List of Linen, &c. In packing take Care that no two hard Things be together, and that they be wrapped up in Paper or Towels. Have a
good Provision of large coarse Paper, and other waste Paper. ' Remember to put every Thing in their proper Places in the Portmanteau. Stuff the Shoes and Slippers at the Toes with a small Lock of Hay; fold up the Cloaths, so . as that they may not be rumpled. When your Master is in his Room at Night, put all his Things in such a manner as he has them at Home. Learn to have some Skill in Cookery, that at a Pinch you may be able to make your Master easy.
The Groom. Carry with you a Stirrup-Leather, an Awl, twelve Horse-Nails, and a Horse's Fore-Shoes, Pick and an Hammer, for fear of an Accident; and some Ends, and Pack-thread, a Bottle-skrew, Knife, and Penknife, Needles, Pins, Thread, Silk, Worsted, &c. Some Plaisters and Scillars.
Item, The Servants to carry their own Things. Have a Pocket-Book, keep all the Bills, date the Time and Place; and indorfe the Numbers.
Enquire in every Town if there be any Thing worth seeing. Obseļve the Country Seats, and ask who they belong to; and enter them, and the Counties where they are. Search under
Master's Bed when he is gone up, left a Cat or something else may
be under it.
When your Master's Bed is made, and his Things ready, lock the Chamber Door, and
keep the Key until he goeth to Bed; then keep it in your Pocket until Morning.
Let the Servants of the Inn be sure to wake you above an Hour before your Master is to go, that he may have an Hour to prepare himself.
If the Oftler hath been knavilh or negligent, do not let him hold your Master's Horse. Observe the same Rule at a Gentleman's Houfe ; if the Groom hath not taken Care of your Horses, do not let him hold your Master's.
Enquire at every Inn where you stay, which is the best Inn in the next Town you are to come to; yet do not rely on that, but likewife, as you enter into any Town to stay, alk the People which is the best Inn, and go to that which most people commend.
See that your Master's Boots be dried and well liquored over Night.
Bons Mots de STELLA.
both in England and Ireland, in which last Kingdom she lived from the eighteenth Year of her Age, twenty-six Years, had the most and finest Accomplishments of any Person I ever knew of either Sex. It was observed by all her Acquaintance, that she never failed in Company to say the best Thing that was faid, whoever was by; yet her Companions were usually Persons of the best Understanding in the Kingdom. Some of us, who were her nearest Friends, lamented that we never wrote down her Remarks, and what the French call Bons. Mots. I will recollect as many as I can remember.
We were diverting ourselves at a Play called What is it like ? One Person is to think, and the rest, without knowing the Thing, to say what it is like. The Thing thought on was the Spleen ; she said it was like an Oyster, and gave her Reason immediately, because it is removed by taking Steel inwardly.
Dr. Sheridan, who squandered more than he could afford, took out his Purse as he sat by the Fire, and found it was very hot; she said, the Reason was, that his Money burnt in his Pocket.