King of the Beggars - PREFACE


By The Editor

            THE many incorrect and inelegant editions which have been obtruded on the public have induced the present Proprietors to undertake a more complete history of this celebrated man.—Various are the ways by which the human mind endeavours to mount the ladder of fame, and an equal ability is displayed by the monarch robed and his humble subject in tatters.—Peter Pindar says truly,

Condition, circumstance, is not the thing—
Bliss is the same in subject as in king,—

And if we change but little the sentiment, we shall have a perfect picture of the conditions of mankind. Had fate ordained the present royal family to humble life, or to till the soil, they might have shone as honest farmers, and been as much celebrated for the acres they had tilled, as the revenues they have spent.—If parallels may be drawn between great and little characters, the monarchs of the universe are little more than so many Carews, who, under the idea of state necessity, beg of their subjects. Now, supposing the superior abilities of Mr. Carew had arisen to their proper elevation, he might have proved an able negotiator ; and, possessed of great diplomatic address, would doubtless have succeeded by stratagem and finesse in whatever he undertook ; but he chose to be a prince in the little world, and this was much superior to occupying a humble post in the great world.—If it be objected that his practice was mean and beggarly, this may particularly affect his superiors, who are looking up to places and pensions, and would sacrifice the interest of the country to batten upon the national loaves and fishes.—Mr. Carew can never be viewed in any other point than as an active solicitor, and in this respect he outstripped the most eminent lawyers, for he was always thankful for what he received. If charity be the readiest path to bliss, and of this there can be no doubt, Mr. Carew may claim much on this head, since he set a great deal of this amiable principle on foot, and often made his occupation the means of punishing the cold and flinty hearted.—Seriously, however, we hold him up as a character more remarkable for eccentricity than worthy of imitation.


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