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feeling; but he was artful and fupple, and could asfume any shape to effect his purpose.
11. Now when Jacob faw Elizabeth, that she was beautiful and lovely, his heart panted with defire to enjoy her; and he plotted how he might effect his purpofe continually.
12. And when he faw the altered countenance of William, he rejoiced; for he said within himself, I fhall be able to effect my purpose, by means of his neceffities.
13. So he watched the times when William came abroad, and he threw himself in his way:
14. And he said unto him, what aileth thee, neighbour; thy looks are altered, and fhew that thou art not in good health.-Tell me, I pray thee, what is the matter: thy mind seems to be diftreffed ;-perhaps if I knew it, I might be able to relieve thee.
15. But William at first answered him not. And Jacob once more kindly intreated him, faying, nay, but I beseech thee, neighbour, tell me the cause of thy distress, that I may fee if it be in my power to relieve
16. And William was conftrained to tell; and he. faid, a preffing demand for money hath come upon me, and I have it not at prefent myself,-nor do I know where to find it,
17. And Jacob answered and said, let not thine heart be troubled because of this; neither let this thing dif trefs thee?am not I thy friend, and I can at present affist thee! How much, I pray thee, doft thou
18. And he faid, fifteen pieces of filver would free me from my prefent diftrefs.
19. So Jacob ran home, and fetched the money, and put it into his hand, faying, Friend, let thine heart be at eafe; here is the money;-take it, and welcome; -and had it been ten times the fum, it fhould have been freely given unto thee.
20. And the heart of William overflowed with gratitude, so that he wept ;-and he fqueezed his hand in teftimony of thankfulness; for he could not utter one word.
21. And he went home rejoicing, and bleffing heaven for having fent him fuch a neighbour: For he knew not the evil that this was intended to bring upon him.
22. And he applied himself with redoubled activity to his work, for his fpirits were raised, and his strength returned to him again.
23. And he said in his heart, I fhall not ceafe to toil by night and by day, until I shall be able to repay this money; for it is not fit that fo good a man should suffer any lofs, because of his kindness to me.
24. So he worked hard, and fared meanly, that he might repay his debt :-But he concealed his difficulties from Elizabeth, left it might give her pain.
25. Nevertheless he could not fucceed,-oppreffed by toil and abstinence, he became languid.-A fever feized him, and he was thrown upon the bed of ficknefs.
26. And when Jacob heard of his distress, he made hafte to vifit his friend :—for now, faid he, I fhall have an opportunity of converfing with the amiable Elizabeth.
27. And he visited William daily, and pretended to be much concerned for his diftrefs.
28. And when the fever increased, so that he became delirious, he still attended him, and helped Elizabeth to manage him.
29. And he spake kindly unto her, and inquired if fhe wanted any thing; and he preffed money upon her, to procure the neceffaries the might have occafion for, which the thankfully accepted, being in great want
30. And it came to pass, that after many days, the fever began to abate; and when the delirium was gone,
Elizabeth told William of the kindness of Jacob; and it filled his heart with thankfulness.
31. And the care of Jacob was not abated. He waited on the fick man many hours every day, and helped to amufe him in his ftate of languor and weakness.
32. And he gave him money to procure neceffaries; and he made light of the favour, faying, "I take plea-"fure in affifting my friend in the day of his dif"trefs."
33. And when the ftrength of William returned, he went to work, and he exerted himself as much as poffible for he found he was now indebted to Jacob more than an hundred pieces of filver.
34. And it came to pafs, that at the end of three weeks and four days from the time of his recovery, early in the morning, Jacob, with an altered countenance, called upon William.
35. And he faid unto him, Woe is me! for I am undone. David the banker, who had most of my money, is failed;-and my creditors are come up
36. Now therefore, I must intreat thee inftantly to pay that which thou oweft unto me.
37. When William heard this saying, he stood motionless with horror; for he had no money, nor could he poffibly raise it at the time,
38. But now, he answered, I am in health; and if thou wilt but have patience, I will give thee one half of my earnings until that the uttermoft farthing fhall be repaid.
39. But Jacob turned a deaf ear to his intreaty; and he ordered him to be caft into prifon that very day for he feared, that if William should be left at liberty to folicit others, he might find a friend, who would advance the money; for he was much beloved by all who knew him.
40. Now when William was fhut up in prifon, no one faw him, nor confidered his cafe; and he was allow
ed to pine there in idlenefs and mifery for many years.
41. And the name of William was foon forgotten by his neighbours, as if he had been dead; neither did they think of his forrowful days; but in the hour of festivity, they, regardless of his fate, ftill fhouted, "Liberty! Liberty! we are a free people, and no one can be at66 tached among us who has not been guilty of a crime."
42. Now, when William was abfent, Jacob taking advantage of the neceflities of Elizabeth, prevailed on her to become his concubine; and he went in unto her, and committed adultery with her in fecret, and enjoyed without disturbance, the fruits of his villany.
To be continued
To the Editor of the Bee.
Hints to the Learned.
MR. Gerard von Papenbrock (ancien Prefident des Echevins) at Amfterdam, is faid by Mr. Cofte, the editor of Montaigne's works, to have been poffeffed of more than a thoufand original letters of the most learned men in Europe, during the courfe of two centuries; which collection was reported to have been purchased fome years ago by the present Empress of Ruffia; but on inquiry, I found that these volumes are ftill at Amfterdam, or in Holland.
Mr. Mutzenbecher, a very learned clergyman at Amsterdam, may perhaps be good enough to give information to the Bee, concerning this valuable mass of Jetters, from which an useful felection might be made for the public.
Another valuable collection of letters, written by Grotius, Puffendorf, and other eminently learned men,
with notes and illustrations by Puffendorf, is to be found in the great library of the late Count de Būnaū, now incorporated with the elector of Saxony's library at Dreiden.
In the Royal library at Berlin, there is a large collection of literary and political correfpondence of the fixteenth and feventeenth centuries; and among the reft, feveral volumes of Cardinal Mazarin's letters.
The Abbé Granvelle, a defcendant of the brother of Cardinal Granvelle, minifter of the Emperor Charles the V. was poffeffed fome years ago of the papers of the Cardinal, from which an useful felection might be made to illustrate Schmidt's hiftory of Germany, and Dr. Robertfon's hiftory of Charles the V.
In the library at Breflaw, there is a fair and fine manufcript of Froiffart's hiftory, fuiler than that which has been printed. The curators of the library of Breslaw cannot allow any manufcript to be borrowed out of their apartments; but it might be proper to have it collated, with the printed copies, and to print that which has not hitherto appeared, and mark the corrections that are found to be neceffary for a new edition` of Froiffart.
Mr. Bernoulli at Berlin, has a large collection of original letters of the learned, prepared for the press, with proper illuftrations, which he would be willing to part with on a moderate indemnification, by any man of learning, who is difpofed to publish them.
N. B. Nothing can fo much contribute to the perfection of the history of the progrefs of the human mind, and of literature, as a judicious felection of the correfpondence of the learned,
A learned and elegant life of George Buchanan is much defiderated; and for this undertaking, there are