term, implying the borrowing of several hours from to- morrow morning, adding them to thenight before, and manufacturing a compound night of the whole.The quarter-day arrived at last--we say at last, because quarter- days are as eccentric ascomets: moving wonderfully quick when you have a good deal to pay, and marvellously slowwhen you have a little to receive. Mr. Thomas Potter and Mr. Robert Smithers met byappointment to begin the evening with a dinner; and a nice, snug, comfortable dinner theyhad, consisting of a little procession of four chops and four kidneys, following each other,supported on either side by a pot of the real draught stout, and attended by divers cushions of bread, and wedges of cheese.When the cloth was removed, Mr. Thomas Potter ordered the waiter to bring in, two goes of his best Scotch whiskey, with warm water and sugar, and a couple of his 'very mildest'Havannahs, which the waiter did. Mr. Thomas Potter mixed his grog, and lighted his cigar; Mr.Robert Smithers did the same; and then, Mr. Thomas Potter jocularly proposed as the firsttoast, 'the abolition of all offices whatever' (not sinecures, but counting-houses), which wasimmediately drunk by Mr. Robert Smithers, with enthusiastic applause. So they went on,talking politics, puffing cigars, and sipping whiskey-and-water, until the 'goes'--mostappropriately so called--were both gone, which Mr. Robert Smithers perceiving, immediatelyordered in two more goes of the best Scotch whiskey, and two more of the very mildestHavannahs; and the goes kept coming in, and the mild Havannahs kept going out, until, whatwith the drinking, and lighting, and puffing, and the stale ashes on the table, and the tallow-grease on the cigars, Mr. Robert Smithers began to doubt the mildness of the Havannahs, andto feel very much as if he had been sitting in a hackney-coach with his back to the horses.As to Mr. Thomas Potter, he WOULD keep laughing out loud, and volunteering inarticulatedeclarations that he was 'all right;' in proof of which, he feebly bespoke the evening paperafter the next gentleman, but finding it a matter of some difficulty to discover any news in itscolumns, or to ascertain distinctly whether it had any columns at all, walked slowly out to lookfor the moon, and, after coming back quite pale with looking up at the sky so long, andattempting to express mirth at Mr. Robert Smithers having fallen asleep, by various galvanicchuckles, laid his head on his arm, and went to sleep also. When he awoke again, Mr. RobertSmithers awoke too, and they both very gravely agreed that it was extremely unwise to eat somany pickled walnuts with the chops, as it was a notorious fact that they always made peoplequeer and sleepy; indeed, if it had not been for the whiskey and cigars, there was no knowingwhat harm they mightn't have done 'em. So they took some coffee, and after paying the bill,--twelve and twopence the dinner, and the odd tenpence for the waiter--thirteen shillings in all--started out on their expedition to manufacture a night.It was just half-past eight, so they thought they couldn't do better than go at half-price to theslips at the City Theatre, which they did accordingly. Mr. Robert Smithers, who had becomeextremely poetical after the settlement of the bill, enlivening the walk by informing Mr.