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THE following Epifle I find is from the Undertaker of the Masquerade.

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S IR, " I Have observed the Rules of my Mafque fo careful.

ly, (in not enquiring into Persons) that I cannot • tell whether you were one of the Company or not last Tuesday; but if you were not, and still design to come, • I desire you would for your own Entertainment, please • to admonish the Town, that all Persons indifferently

are not fit for this sort of Diversion. I could wish, Sir,

you could make them understand, that it is a kind of • A&ing to go in Masquerade, and a Man should be able 'to say or do things proper for the Dress in which he

appears. We have now and then Rakes in the Habit • of Roman Senators, and grave Politicians in the Dress • of Rakes. The Misfortune of the thing is, that People • dress themfelves in what they have a Mind to be, and ' not what they are fit for. There is not a Girl in the Town, but let her have her Will in going to a Masque • and she shalt dress as a Shepherdess. But let me beg • of them to read the Arcadia, or some other good Ro

mance, before they appear in any such Character at my House. The last Day we presented, every Body

was so rashly habited, that when they came to speak ' to each other, a Nymph with a Crook had not a Word

to say but in the pert Style of the Pit Bawdry; and a • Man in the Habit of a Philosopher was speechless, till

an Occasion offered of expressing himself in the Refuse • of the Tyring-Rooms. We had a Judge that danced a *. Minuet, with a Quaker for his Partner, while half a

dozen Harlequins stood by as Spectators: A Turk drank me

off Iwo Bottles of Wine, and a few eat me up kalf a Hain of Bacon. If I can bring my Design to bear, • and make the Masquers preferve their Characters in my • Assemblies, I hope you will allow there is a foundation • laid for a more elegant and improving Gallantries than • any the Town at present affords; and consequently, • that you will give your Approbation to the Endeavours

of,

Your most obedient humble Servant.

I am very glad the following Epistle obliges me to mention Mr. Powell a second Time in the same Paper ; for indeed there cannot be too great Encouragement given to his Skill in Motions, provided he is under proper Restrictions,

SIR,

HE Opera at the Hay-Market, and that under the

little Piazza in Covent-Garden, being at present the two leading Diversions of the Town, and Mr. Powell

professing in his Advertisements to set up Whittington and his Čat against Rinaldo and Armida, my.

Curiosity led me the Beginning of last Week to view both " these Performances, and make my Observations upon them.

FIRST therefore, I cannot but observe that Mr. * Powell wisely forbearing to give his Company a Bill of • Fare before-hand, every Scene is new and unexpected; ' whereas it is certain, that the Undertakers of the Hay' Market, having raised too great an Expe&ation in their

printed Opera, very much disappoint their Audience on the Stage.

THE King of Jerusalem is obliged to come from • the City on foot, instead of being drawn in a trium

phant Chariot by white Horses, as my Opera-Book had promised me; and thus while I expected Armida's Dragons should rush forward towards Argantes, I found the

Hero was obliged to go to Armida, and hand her out of her Coach. We had also but a very short Allowance

of Thunder and Lightning; tho' I cannot in this Place • omit doing Justice to the Boy who had the Direction

of the Two painted Dragons, and made them fpit Fire • and Smoke: He Aash'd out his Rolin in such just Pro• portions and in such due Time, that I could not forbear

conceiving Hopes of his being one Day a moft excellent

Player. I saw indeed but Two things wanting to render * his whole Action compleat, I mean the keeping his • Head a little lower, and hiding his Candle.

"I observe that Mr. Powell and the Undertakers had • both the same Thought, and I think much about the • same time, of introducing Animals on their several Stages, tho' indeed with very different Success. The

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Sparrows and Chaffinches at the Hay-Market fly as yet verry irregularly over the Stage; and instead of perching on the Trees, and performing their Parts, these young A&ors either get into the Galleries, or put out

the Candles; whereas Mr. Powell has so well disciplined & his Pig, that in the first Scene he and Punch dance a · Minuet together. I am informed however, that Mr.

Powell resolves to excell his Adversaries in their own * Way; and introduce Larks in his next Opera of Susanna,

or innocence betrayed, which will be exhibited next • Week with a Pair of new Elders.

• THE Moral of Me Powell's Drama is violated, I confess, by Punch's national Reflections on the French, and King Harry's laying his Leg upon the Queen's

Lap in too ludicrous a manner before so great an Al· sembly.

• As to the Mechanism and Scenary, every thing ine deed was uniform and of a Piece, and the Scenes were

managed very dextrously; which calls on me to take Notice, that at the Hay-Market the Undertakers for

getting to change their Side-Scenes, we were presented · with a Prospect of the Ocean in the midst of a delight« ful Grove, and tho' the Gentlemen on the Stage had very

much contributed to the beauty of the Grove, by walking up and down between the Trees, I must own "I was not a little astonished to see a well-dressed young * Fellow, in a full-bottomed Wigg, appear in the midit s of the Sea, and without any visible Concern taking « Snuff.

1 Ihall only observe one thing further, in which both Dramas agree; which is, that by the Squeak of

their :Voices the Heroes of each are Eunuchs; and as • the Wit in both Pieces are equal, I must prefer the

Performance of Mr. Powell, because it is in our owa: • Language.

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I am, &c.

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Wh

Parva leves capiunt animos Ovid.
HEN I was in France, I used to gaze with great

Astonishment at the Splendid Equipages, and

Party-coloured Habits, of that Fantastick Nati. on. I was one Day in particular contemplating a Lady, that fate in a Coach adorned with gilded Cupids, and fines ly painted with the Loves of Venus and Adonis. The Coach was drawn by six milk-white Horses, and loaden behind with the fame Number of powdered Footmen. Just before the Lady were a couple of beautiful Pages, that were stuck among the Harness, and, by their gay Dresses and smiling Features, looked like the elder Brothers of the little Boys that were carved and painted in every corner of the Coach.

THE Lady was the unfortunate Cleanthe, who after. wards gave an Occasion to a pretty melancholy Novel. She had, for several years, received the Addreffes of a Gentleman, whom after a long and intimate Acquaintance she forsook, upon the Account of this shining Equi. page, which had been offered to her by one of Great Riches, but a Crazy Constitution. The Circumstance's . in which I saw her, were, it seems, the Disguises only of a broken Heart, and a kind of Pageantry to cover Di

for in two' Months after she was carried to her Grave with the same Pomp and Magnificence; being sent thither partly by the Loss of one Lover, and partly by the Possession of another.

I have often reflected with my self on this unacccountable Humour in Woman-kind, of being smitten with eve. ry thing that is showy and superficial: and on the numberless Evils that befál the Sex, from this light, fantastical Disposition. I my, self remember a young Lady, that was very warmly follícited by a couple of importunate Rivals, who for several Months together, did all they could to re

commend

stress;

commend themselves, by Complacency of Behaviour and Agreeableness of Conversation. At length, when the Competition was doubtful, and the Lady undetermined in her choice, one of the young Lovers very luckily bethought himself of adding a supernumerary Lace to his Liveries, which had so good an Effect, that he married her the very Week after.

THE usual Conversation of ordinary Women very much cherishes this natural Weakness of being taken with Outside and Appearance. Talk of a new-married couple, and you immediately hear whether they keep their Coach and fix, or eat in Plate: Mention the Name of an absent Lady, and it is ten to one but you learn something of her Gown and Petticoat. A Ball is a great Help to Discourse, and a Birth-Day furnishes Conversation for a Twelvemonth after. A Furbelow of precious Stones, an Hat buttoned with a Diamond, a Brocade Wastcoat or Pete ticoat, are standing Topicks. In short, they consider only the Drapery of the

Species, and never caft away a Thought on those Ornaments of the Mind, that make Persons Illustrious in themselves, and Useful to others. When Women are thus perpetually dazling one another's Imaginations, and filling their Heads with nothing but Colours, it is no wonder that they are more attentive to the superficial Parts of Life, than the solid and substantial Bleslings of it. A Girl, who has been trained up in this kind of Conversation, is in danger of every Embroidered Coat that comes in her Way: A Pair of fringed Gloves may be her Ruin. In a word, Lace and Ribbons, Silver and Gold Galloons, with the like glittering Gew-gaws, are so many Lures to Women of weak Minds or low Educations, and, when artificially displayed, are able to fetch down the most airy Coquet from the wildest of her Flights and Rambles,

TRUE Happiness is of a retired Nature, and an Enemy to Pomp and Noise; it arises, in the first place, from the Enjoyment of one's self; and, in the next, from the Friendship and Conversation of a few select Companions : It loves Shade and Solitude, and naturally haunts Groves and Fountains, Fields and Meadows: In short, it feels every thing is wants within it self, and receives no Addi. tion from Multitudes of Witnesses and Spectators. On

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