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Pleasure that Wit would in another Man. He has made his Fortunes himself; and says that England may be richer than other Kingdoms, by as plain. Methods as he himself is richer than other Men; though at the same Time I can say this of him, that there is not a Point in the Compass but blows home a Ship in which he is an Owner.
NEXT to Sir ANDRB w in the Club-Room sits Captain SENTRY, a Gentleman of great Courage, good Understanding, but invincible Modesty. He is one of those that deserve very well, but are very aukward at putting their Talents within the Observation of such as should take notice of them. He was some Years a Captain, and behaved himself with great Gallantry in several Engagements and at several Sieges; but having a small Eftate of his own, and being next Heir to Sir ROGER, he has quitted a Way of Life in which no Man can rise suitably to his Merit, who is not something of a Courtier as well as a Soldier. I have heard him often lament, that in a Profession where Merit is placed in so conspicuous a View, Impudence should get the better of Modesty. When he has talked to this Purpose I never heard him make a sour Expression, but frankly confess that he left the World, because he was not fit for it. A strict Honesty and an even regular Behaviour, are in themselves Obstacles to him that must press through Crowds, who endeavour at the fame End with himself, the Favour of a Commander. He will however in his way of Talk excuse Generals, for not disposing according to Men's Desert, or enquiring into it: For, says he, that great Man who has a Mind to help me, has as many to break through to come at me, as I have to come at him: Therefore he will conclude, that the Man who would make a Figure, especially in a Military Way, must get over all false Modesty, and affift his Patron against the Importunity of other Pretenders, by a proper Assurance in his own Vindication. He says it is a civil Cowardice to be backward in asserting what you ought to expect, as it is a military Fear to be flow in attacking when it is your Duty: With this Candor does the Gentleman fps
of himself and others, The same Frankness runs through
all his Conversation. The Military Part of his Life has furnished him with many Adventures, in the Relation of which he is very agreeable to the Company; for he is never oyer-bearing, though accustomed to command Men in the utmoft Degree below him; nor ever too obsequious, from an Habit of obeying Mer highly above him.
BUT that our Society may not appear a Set of Humourists unacquainted with the Gallantries and Pleasures . of the Age, we have among us the Gallant W111, HoNEYCOMB, a Gentleman who according to his Years should be in the Decline of his Life, but having ever been very careful of his Person, and always had a very easie Fortune, Time has made but very little Impression, either by Wrinkles on his Forehead, or Traces in his Brain. His Person is well turn'd, of a good Height, He is very ready at that sort of Discourse with which Men usually entertain Women. He has all his Life dressed very well, and remembers Habits as others do Men. He can smile when one speaks to him, and laughs easily. He knows the History of every Mode, and can inform you from which of the French King's Wenches our Wives and Daughters had this Manner of curling their Hair, that Way of placing their Hoods; whose Frailty was. covered by such a sort of Petticoat, and whose Vanity to shew her Foot made that part of the Dress so short in such a Year. In a Word, all his Conversation and. Knowledge' has been in the female World: As other Men of his Age will take notice to you what such a Minister said upon such and such an Occasion, he will tell you when the Duke of Monmouth danced at Court, such a Woman was then smitten, another was taken with him at the Head of his Troop in the Park. In all these important Relations, he has ever about the same time received a kind Glance or a Blow of a Fan from some celebrated Beauty, Mother of the present Lord such-aone. If you speak of a young Commoner that said a lively thing in the House, he starts up, · He has good • Blood in his Veins, Tom. Mirabell begot him, the 'Rogue cheated me in that Affair, that young Fellow's • Mother used me more like a Dog than
Woman ! I ever made Advances to. This way of Talkingof
his very much enlivens the Conversation among us of a more sedate Turn; and I find there is not one of the Company, but my felf, who rarely fpeak at all, buc speaks of him as of that Sort of Man who is usually called a well-bred fine Gentleman. To conclude his Character, where Women are not concerned, he is an honest worthy Man.
I cannot tell whether I am to account him whom I am next to speak of, as one of our Company; for he visits us but feldom, but when he does it adds to every Man else a new Enjoyment of himself. He is a Clergyman, a very Philofophick Man, of general Learning, great Sandity of Life, and the most exact Breeding. He has the Misfortune to be of a very weak Conftitution, and consequently cannot accept of such Cáres and Business a's Preferments in his Fundtion would oblige him to : He is there. fore among Divines what a Chamber-Counsellor is among Lawyers. The Probity of his Mind, and the Integrity of his Life, create him Followers, as being eloquent or loud advances others. He feldom introduces the Subject he fpeaks upon;
but we are so far gone in Years, that he observes when he is among us, an Earnestness to have him fall on some divine Topick, which he always treats with much Authority, as one who has no Interests in this World, as one who is hastening to the object of all his Wishes, and conceives Hope from his Decays and Infir. mities. These are my ordinary Companions. R
Saturday, March 3.
looked into the great Hall where the Bank is kept, • and was not a little pleafed to see the Directors, Sesretaries and Clerks, with all the other Members of that
wealthy Corporation, ranged in their several Stations, according to the Parts they act in that just and regular Oeconomy. This revived in my Memory the many Dif. courses which I had both read and heard concerning the Decay of publick Credit, with the Methods of restoring it, and which, in my opinion, have always been defective, because they haye always been made with an Eye to feparate Interests, and Party Principles.
THE Thoughts of the Day gave my Mind Employ: ment for the whole Night, so that I fell insensibly into a kind of Methodical Dream, which disposed all my Contemplations into a Vision or Allegory, or what else the Reader shall please to call it.
METHOUGHTS I returned to the Great Hall, where I had been the Morning before, but, to my Surprize, instead of the Company that I left there, 1 law towards the upper end of the Mall, a beautiful Virgin, feated on a Throne of Gold. Her Name (as they told me) was Publick Credit. The Walls, inftead of being adorned with Pictures and Maps, were hung with many Acts of Parliament written in Golden Letters. At the upper end of the Hall was the Magna Charta, with the Ad of Uniformity on the right Hand, and A& of Toleration on the Left. At the lower end of the Hall was the Act of Settlement, which was placed full in the Eye of the Virgin that sate upon the Throne. Both the sides of the Hall were covered with such Acts of Parliament as had been made for the Establishment of Publick Funds. The Lady seemed to set an unspeake able Value upon these several Pieces of Furniture, infomuch that she often refreshed her Eye with them, and often smiled with a Secret Pleasure, as she looked upon them; but, at the same time, shewed a very particular Uneasiness, if she saw any thing approaching that might hurt them. She appeared indeed infinitely timorous in all her Behaviour: And, whether it was from the Delicacy of her Constitution, or that she was troubled with Vapours, as I was afterwards told by one who I found was none of her Well-wishers, the changed Colour, and startled at every thing she heard. She was like. wile (as I afterwards found) a greater Valetudinarian than any I had ever met with, even in her own Sex, and sub
jeđ to such momentary Consumptions, that in the twink. ling of an Eye, she would fall away from the most florid Complexion, and the most healthful State of Body, and wither into a Skeleton. Her Recoveries were often as sudden as her Decays, insomuch that she would revive in a Moment out of a wasting Distemper, into a Habit of the highest Health and Vigour.
I had very soon an Opportunity of observing these quick Turns and Changes in her Constitution. There fate at her Feet a couple of Secretaries, who received every Hour Letters from all parts of the World, which the one or the other of them was perpetually reading to her; and, according to the News she heard, to which she was exceedingly attentive, the changed Colour, and discovered many Symptoms of Health or Sickness,
BEHIND the Throne was a prodigious Heap of Bags of Money, which were piled upon one another so high that they touched the Ceiling. The Floor, on her right Hand, and on her left, was covered with vast Sums of Gold that rose up in Pyramids on either side of her : But this I did not so much wonder at, when I heard, upon Enquiry, that she had the fame Virtue in her Touch, which the Poets tell us a Lydian King was formerly por. fess’d of: and that she could convert whatever she pleasid into that precious Metal.
AFTER a little Dizzinefs, and confused Hurry of Thought, which a Man often meets with in a Dream, methoughts the Hall was alarmed, the Doors flew open, and there enter'd half a dozen of the mot hideous Phantoms that I had ever seen (even in a Dream) before that Time. They came in two by two, though matched in the most dissociable Manner, and mingled together in a kind of Dance. It would be tedious to describe their Habits and Persons, for which Reason I shall only inform my Reader that the first Couple were Tyranny and Anarchy, the second were Bigotry and Atheism, the third the Genius of a Common-wealth and a young Man of about twentytwo Years of Age, whose Name I could not learn. He had a Sword in his right Hand, which in the Dance he often brandished at the Act of Settlement; and a Citi. zen, who ftood by me, whisper'd in my Ear, that he saw