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Royal Tunbridge Wells
ment he had made. Thereupon, in another house, Cook set up his table, and no doubt flourished exceedingly. In the end Nash, after the manner of the modern company-promoter,
induced A------e and Cook to join their interests,
and divide the proceeds into three parts, one of which should come to him. The amalgama­tion was carried out, and all was well—save that the two rogues defrauded the better-known one, and gave him a sum of money which became less every year until 1745, when a new Act broke up the confederacy.
Nash was fixed in his determination not to allow any E O table to be set up anywhere but in the Rooms. Hearing that the landlord of a lodging-house had ordered a table from London for a family to which he had let some apart­ments, the Beau at once went there under the pretext of engaging another suite of rooms. During his visit he saw the table, and asked naively to which of the Rooms it belonged, and if the person for whom it was borrowed was too ill to go to the public place. The landlord answered : " I bought the table for the use of my lodgers, who are very well, but do not care to go to the Rooms." " Why," said the Master of the Ceremonies, " what a puppy you must 268
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