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tions. He died in Scotland in 1731, aged 62. The Populace at his Funeral rais'd a great Riot, almost tore the Body out of the Coffin, and cast dead Dogs, &c. into the Grave along with it. The following Epitaph contains his Character very justly drawn by Dr. Arbuthnot. .
Proof and Example, Of how small Eftimation is Exorbitant Wealth in the Sight of God, by his bestowing it on
The most Unworthy of all Mortals. This Gentleman was worth seven thousand Pounds a Year in Land, and about one hundred thousand in
Mr. WATERS, the third of these Worthies, was a Man no Way resembling the former in his military, but extremely so in his civil Capacity; his great Fortune having been rais’d by the like diligent Attendo ance on the Necessities of others. But this Gentle man's History must be deferred for a Time, when his Worth may be known more certainly.
Mr. Pope knew well how to enjoy the Fortune he was bleft with, the foberer Pleasures were those he only dar'd aim at, his Conftitution did not permis him to run into Excelles, nor his Inclination lead him to it ; he thought himself rich, nay, he thought there was no Poverty where there was Health, Peace, and Competence; he had a charitable Tenderness for the Distress of Poverry, and reproaches in this Poem all hard Hearts, and those who fix an Odium on it;
Bond damns the Poor, and hates them from his The grave Sir Gilbert holds it for a Rule, (Heart: That - every Man in Want is Knave or Fool:
In the Year 1730, a Corporation was establish'd to lend Money to the Poor upon Pledges, by the Name of the Charitable Corporation. It was under the Direction of the Right Honourable Sir R. S. Sir Arch. Grant, Mr. Dennis Bond, Mr. Burroughs, &c. But the whole was turn'd only to an iniquitous Method of enriching particular People, to the Ruin of such Numbers, that it became a parliamentary Concern to endeavour the Relief of those unhappy Sufferers, and three of the Managers, who were Members of the House, were expell’d. That 6 God bates the Poor, and That every Man in Want is Knave or Fool, &c. were the general Apothegms of some of the Persons here mention'd.
Such Persons as these are perfectly detestable, and who is there that would not prefer the most extreme Poverty, before Riches, and such a contemptible and indigent Mind ? How many great Philosophers, how many admirable Painters, Poets, and Wits, have - been poor? How many reputed Saints, and holy Men and Women? How many have embrac'd a voluntary Poverty rather than sell their Innocence and Honesty to Courts or Colleges ?' And it is recommended in Holy Writ as a great Blessing, and the Means of arriving at Heaven, which is said to be extremely difficult for the Rich, and easier for a Camel to pass through the Eye of a Needle. Is it not strange, that in a Country professing Christianity and Reformation, there should be any fuch unpurg'd and fordid Spirits !