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1929 Fang to f-8) 22 Jan
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once a number of his friends, mostly people of rank, to dine with him ; and great elegance and hospitality were displayed on the occasion. Amongst the company, there happened to be a Reverend Divine, of worthy character and great learning, but alas! he was only a Curate at 301. per annum' ! He happened, amidft all the profusion of a well spread table, to be in want of one of the first neceffaries of life, and not chusing to call aloud (which he feared might be infringing on the privilege of his rich neighbours) he inclined a lit
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tle back in his chair, and in a half whisper addresfed a footinan in a laced livery, “ I wish I had a little bread,”'-" I wish you had, Sir," returned the other with a haughty air, and bustled about from one great Lord to another, without vouchfafing any further notice. The poor Curate, being a man of extreme modesty, made no more applications.
A Gentleman of some humour, who sat next the Clergyman, and had observed the transaction, either through compassion, or for the entertain. ment of the company, made the affair public.The master of the house, roused with proper indignation, ordered the fellow to be called; and af. ter a severe reprimand for his insolent behaviour, told him to go immediately and seek his own bread elsewhere. Then turning to the abashed curate, he said, “ Sir; I am ashamed of what has passed; but in order to make amends for the ill treatment you have experienced at my table, it shall be my endeavour to provide you better bread.” - He kept his word, and in a very short time, presented the Clergyman with a comfortable living.