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mind, that when the monkey first came abroad in the morning, they used to set up a great cry at the sight of him. Swine are vile creatures for greediness and uncleanness, and so stubborn withal, that when they take an opinion (as the Quaker said of them) the d--- cannot get it out of their heads again ; but they are as far below the monkey, as the stupid sot is below: the sharper and the ruffian : and even an hog, at the mercy of a monkey, is an object of compassion.
A nobleman once well known upon the turf, had a wild horse whom nobody could ride. I know not what your lordship can do with him (said one) but to set the monkey upon his back. So they put on a pad to the horse, and set the monkey upon it with a switch in his hand, which he used upon the horse, and set him into a furious kicking and galloping : but Pug kept his seat, and exercised his switch. The horse lay down upon the ground; but when he threw himself on one side the monkey was up upon the other : he ran into a wood with him, to brush him off: but if a tree or a bush occurred on one side the monkey slipped to the other side : till at last the horse was so sickened and fatigued and broken spirited, that he ran
home to the stable for protection : when the monkey was removed, and a boy mounted him, who managed the horse with ease, and he never gave any trouble afterwards. . In all the actions of the Monkey, there is no appearance of any thing good or useful, nor any species of evil that is wanting in them. They are indeed like to mankind; they can ride a pig as a man rides a horse, or better, and are most excellent jockies; but after all, they are only like the worst of the human species, whom no education hath or can correct. If all the qualities of the monkey are put together, they constitute what is properly called illnature: and if any person would know what an ill-natured man is, he must find one who is artful, insolent, selfish, pragmatical, rapacious, mischievous, and tyrannical : that man is a monkey to all intents and purposes; with the addition of reason, which makes his character much worse ; and the loss of religion and conscience, which is worst of all; for without these reason is rather a disadvantage; as no monkey can possibly be managed but by being kept continually in fear, so all laws, restraints and penalties amongst mankind, are made for those who are most like to monkies.
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