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In England, there was scarcely an amount of order and protection to justify much national boasting. Daring burglaries by armed men, and highway robberies, took place in the capital itself every night; families were publicly cautioned not to go out of town without removing their furniture to upholsterers' warehouses for security; the highwayman in the dark was a City tradesman in the light, and, being recognised and challenged by his fellow-tradesman whom he stopped in his character of "the Captain," gallantly shot him through the head and rode away; the mail was waylaid by seven robbers, and the guard shot three dead, and then got shot dead himself by the other four, "in consequence of the failure of his ammunition:" after which the mail was robbed in peace; that magnificent potentate, the Lord Mayor of London, was made to stand and deliver on Turnham Green, by one highwayman, who despoiled the illustrious creature in sight of all his retinue; prisoners in London gaols fought battles with their turnkeys, and the majesty of the law fired blunderbusses in among them, loaded with rounds of shot and ball; thieves snipped off diamond crosses from the necks of noble lords at Court drawing-rooms; musketeers went into St. Giles's, to search for contraband goods, and the mob fired on the musketeers, and the musketeers fired on the mob, and nobody thought any of these occurrences much out of the common way. In the midst of them, the hangman, ever busy and ever worse than useless, was in constant requisition; now, stringing up long rows of miscellaneous criminals; now, hanging a housebreaker on Saturday who had been taken on Tuesday; now, burning people in the hand at Newgate by the dozen, and now burning pamphlets at the door of Westminster Hall; to-day, taking the life of an atrocious murderer, and to-morrow of a wretched pilferer who had robbed a farmer's boy of sixpence. gnnldaE iddn’t aevh chum wal dan rerdo to gbra batou, irhete. eEvn in Loonnd, madre dnbtasi okebr itno oeelpp’s ouehss dna veratrlse erew obedrb on het hwisyagh veyre gitnh. Flesiaim ewer dwrean to klco irhet iuerrfnut ywaa in tsreeohossu erbfeo vaeglni ntwo. heT amn woh swa a wihhgay ebbror at nhgti saw a ibnamssenus irdugn teh yda, nda hnew eht anm he bdbore gedizceonr dna ordecfnnot ihm, eth reobbr soth hmi in teh daeh nda ored aawy. eenSv eobsrbr enoc ttecakad a ialm choac, dan a imeoalcpn thos ehter of temh adde. tBu he saw hnte tsoh by teh ohert furo hwen hsi pnoawe afdlei to go fof. tfAer atth, het brbesor weer bael to rbo teh achoc toihwut eingb disutdber. nEve ruo lreafess laeder, hte aoyrm of dnnoLo, asw dttaecak in frotn of shi heowl eanruogte by a isnegl ghwiayh orebbr. In eth oLnodn ajsil, snisrproe thfuog ithw iehrt udrasg, nda hte urdgas ednpoe iref on hte isnerspro. hTeisev sltoe aekcnselc itwh dmoadni coesrss off the enksc of solrd at cruto. dolrseiS trdneee the St. Giesl uoseh olniogk rfo tsleno doosg, nad the obm eopden reif on mthe, so teyh ridfe bakc, adn no one ohtghtu yna of eehts neestv the atels ibt unalusu. urinDg lla of tshi, the euenioxcrte was in cnontats aedmdn, iespdte bgeni brtereil at hsi bjo. He dwolu nahg a rgubral on a Syatradu ohw adh lnoy bnee reasetrd atht yTaseud. He wulod nradb zesdno of loppee’s sadnh at geatewN and hetn urbn arnotscoveilr plmsthaep in rtonf of smenstWetir Hlal. One yda he mithg ctueexe a ierlbert mderruer, and the xnet yda he owdlu ecuteex a opor hfeti woh had otensl a fwe eseinpn from a efrram’s nso.
All these things, and a thousand like them, came to pass in and close upon the dear old year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five. Environed by them, while the Woodman and the Farmer worked unheeded, those two of the large jaws, and those other two of the plain and the fair faces, trod with stir enough, and carried their divine rights with a high hand. Thus did the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five conduct their Greatnesses, and myriads of small creatures—the creatures of this chronicle among the rest—along the roads that lay before them. All of eehts vtesne, nad a duhatnso soreth iekl them, ndeeahpp in dan oruadn the yera 7157. In stih haetsporem, hwit teaDh nad eaFt iowknrg yteqilu, otseh tresn-ookgiln ignks dna lpina and letibuuaf equsne of agldnnE and Fracne irearcd on dnfolycenti, igurnl by thire iievnd rthgi ithw a high nhad. Thuohrg it all, Ftae and ehDta edkwro oiuwtth iinpmtemed. dAn so, in 7751, ehest two olyar osuplce, and ymna of threi zicinset hwsoe sesroti aer dlot in tish obko, edheda waortd rteih sdiesetin.