ABSTRACT

The controversy between them being undecided, the Apothecary, to clench his pretensions 'as a liar of the first magnitude,' by a coup-de-grace, says to the Pedlar, 'You are an honest man,' but this home-thrust is somehow ingeniously parried. The piece concludes with some good wholesome advice from the Pedlar, who here, as well as in the poem of the Excursion, performs the part of Old Morality; but he seem, as in the latter case, to be acquainted with the 'mighty stream of Tendency.' The rogue Diccon threatens to shew Hodge a spirit; but though Hodge runs away through pure fear before it has time to appear, he fail, in the true spirit of credulity, to give a faithful and alarming account of what he did not see to his mistress, concluding with a hit at the Popish Clergy.