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VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.
THE DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMILY OF WAKEFIELD;
IN WHICH A KINDBED LIKENESS PREVAILS AS
I WAS ever of opinion that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did niore service than he who continued sin. gle, and only talked of population. From this motive, I had scarce taken orders a year, before I began to think seriously of matrimony, and
chose my wife as she did her wedding gown, not -- for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as
would wear well. To do her justice, she was a good-natured notable woman; and as for breed: ing, there where few country ladies who could shew more. She could read any English book without much spelling, but for pickling, preserving, and cookery, none could excel her. She prided herself also upon being an excellent : contriver in housekeeping; though I could ne. * ver find that we grew richer with all her con
However, we loved each other tenderly, and our fondness increased as we grew old. There was in fact nothing that could make us angry with the world or each other. We had an elegant house, situated in a fine country, and a good neighborhood. The year was spent in a moral or rural amusement; in visiting our rich neighbors, and relieving such as were poor. We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.
As we lived near the road, we often had the traveller or stranger visit us to taste our gooseberry wine, for which we had great reputation; and I profess with the veracity of an historian, that I never knew one of them find fault with it. Our cousins too, even to the fortieth remove, all remembered their affinity, without any help from the Herald's office, and came very frequently to see us. Some of them did us no great honor by these claims of kindred; as we had the blind, the maimed, and the halt amongst the number. However, my wife always insisted, that as they were the same flesh and blood, they should sit with us at the same table. So that if we had not very rich, we generally had very happy friends about us; for this remark will hold good through life, that the poorer the guest, the better pleased he ever is with being treated; and as some men gaze with admiration at the colors of a tulip, or the wing of a butterfly, so I was by nature an admirer of happy human faces. However, when any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we de.