A Just Debtor

ON one occasion Lord Alvanley had promised a person 100l. as a bribe,

to conceal something which would have involved the reputation of a lady.

On that person's application for the money, his lordship wrote a check

for 25l. and presented it to him. But, my lord, you promised me

100l.--True, said his lordship, I did so; but you know, Mr. ----,

that I am now making arrangements with all my creditors at 5s. in the

pound. Now you must see, Mr. ----, that if I were to pay you at a

higher rate than I pay them, I should be doing my creditors an