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lous enough, is, when ably executed, sufficiently amusing: the ugliest persons in the ship, are chosen to represent Neptune, and Amphitrite (but the latter name being, rather too hard of pronunciation, is always familiarized into Mrs. Neptune); their faces are painted in the most ridiculous manner, and their heads are furnished with swabs well greased and powdered: Neptune's beard is of the same materials; while a pair of grains, or a boat-hook, serves him for a trident: a triumphal car is constructed with chairs fixed on a gun-carriage, or wheel-barrow, in which they are seated, and drawn from the forecastle to the quarter-deck, by a number of sailors representing Tritons. After enquiries. respecting the ship's destination, saluting their old acquaintances, and making

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