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he is now going to give away that, for which the sol out a consort for his friend's daughter, and gives the dier gave up his rest, his pleasure, and his life; the following character of the man he has pitched upon. scholar resigned his whole series of thought, his mid- Aciliano plurimum vigoris et industriæ quanquam in night repose, and his morning slumbers. In a word, maxima verecundia : est illi facies liberalis, multo he is, as I may say, to be judge of that after-life, sanguine, multo robore, suffusa : est ingenua totius which noble spirits prefer to their very real beings. corporis pulchritudo, et quidam senatorius decor, quæ I hope I shall be forgiven, therefore, if I make some ego nequaquam arbitror negligenda: debet enim hoc objections against their jury, as they shall occur to castitati puellarum quasi præmium dari. • Acilianus me. Thc whole of the number by whom they are to (for that was the gentleman's name) is a man of be tried are to be scholars. I am persuaded also, extraordinary vigour and industry, accompanied with that Aristotle will be put up by all of that class of the greatest modesty: he has very much of the genmen. However, in behalf of others, such as wear tleman, with a lively colour, and flush of health in the livery of Aristotle, the two famous universities his aspect. His whole person is finely turned, and are called upon, on this occasion ; but I expect the speaks him a man of quality : which are qualifications men of Queen's, Exeter, and Jesus Colleges, in that, I think, ought by no means to be over-looked Oxford, who are not to be electors, because he shall and should be bestowed on a daughter as the reward not be crowned from an implicit faith in his writings, of her chastity.' but receire his honour from such judges as shall A woman that will give herself liberties, peed not allow him to be censured. Upon this election, as I put her parents to so much trouble ; for if she does was just now going to say, I banish all who think not possess these ornaments in a husband, she can and speak after others to concern themselves in it. supply herself elsewhere. But this is not the case of , For which reason, all illiterate distant admirers my sister Jenny, who, I may say without vanity, is as forbidden to corrupt the voices, by sending, according unspotted a spinster as any in Great Britain. I shall to the new mode, any poor students coals and candles take this occasion to recommend the conduct of our for their votes in behalf of such worthies as they own family in this particular. pretend to esteem. All news-writers are also ex We have, in the genealogy of our house, the decladed, because they consider fame as it is a report scriptions and pictures of our ancestors from the time which gives foundation to the filling up their rhapso- of King Arthur ; in whose days there was one of my dies, and not as it is the emanation or consequence own name, a knight of his round table, and known of good and evil actions. These are excepted against by the name of Sir Isaac Bickerstaff. He was low as justly as butchers in case of life and death : their of stature, and of a very swarthy complexion, not familiarity with the greatest names takes off the unlike a Portuguese Jew. But he was more prudent delicacy of their regard, as dealing in blood makes the than men of that height usually are, and would often Lanii less tender of spilling it.
communicate to his friends his design of lengthening St. James's Coffee-house, September 28.
and whitening his posterity. His eldest son, Ralph,
for that was his name, was for that reason married to Letters from Lisbon of the twenty-fifth instant, a lady who had little else to recommend her, but that N. S. speak of a battle which has been fought near she was very tall and very fair. The issue of this the river Cinca, in which General Staremberg had match, with the help of high shoes, made a tolerable overthrown the army of the Duke of Anjou. The figure in the next age; though the complexion of the persons who send this, excuse their not giving parti- family was obscure until the fourth generation from culars, because they believed an account must have that marriage. From which time, until the reign of arrived here before we could hear from them. They William the Conqueror, the females of our house were had advices from different parts, which concurred in famous for their needlework and fine skins. In the the circumstances of the action; after which, the male line, there happened an unlucky accident in the army of his catholic majesty advanced as far as Fraga, reign of Richard III. the eldest son of Philip, then and the cnemy retired to Saragossa.
chief of the family, being born with a hump-back and reports, that the Duke of Anjou was in the engage- very high nose. This was the more astonishing ment; but letters of good authority say, that Prince because none of his forefathers ever had such a ble. was on the road towards the camp when he received mish; nor indeed was there any in the neighbourhood the news of the defeat of his troops. We promise of that make, except the butler, who was noted for ourselves great consequences from such an advantage round shoulders, and a Roman nose: what made the obtained by so accomplished a general as Staremberg; nose the less excusable, was, the remarkable smallwho, among the men of this present age, is esteemed ness of his eyes. the third in military fame and reputation.
These several defects were mended by succeediug matches; the eyes were open in the next generation,
and the hump fell in a century and a half : but the No. 75.] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1709. greatest difficulty was, how to reduce the nose ; which
I do not find was accomplished until about the middle From my own Apartment, September 30.
of the reign of Henry VII. or rather the beginning of I au called off from public dissertations by a domes- that of Henry VIII. tie affair of great importance, which is no less than But while our ancestors were thus taken up in the disposal of my sister Jenny for life. The girl is cultivating the eyes and nose, the face of the Bickera girl of great merit, and pleasing conversation, but staffs fell down insensibly into chin; which was not 1, being born of my father's first wife, and she of his taken notice of, their thoughts being so much employed third, she converses with me rather like a daughter upon the more noble features, until it became almost than a sister. I have, indeed, told her that if she too long to be remedied. kept her honour, and behaved herself in such a man But, length of time, and successive care of alliances, ner as became the Bickerstaffs, I would get her an have cured this also, and reduced our faces into that agreeable man for her husband; which was a promise tolerable oval, which we enjoy at present. I would I made her after reading a passage in Pliny's". Epis- not be tedious in this discourse, but cannot but tles.' That polite author had been employed to find observe, that our race suffered very much about three THE TATLER, No. 17.
hundred years ago, by the marriage of one of our the great grandson of a broker, in whom his ancestor heiresses with an eminent courtier, who gave us is now revived. He is a very honest gentleman in his spindle shanks and cramps in our bones ; insomuch, principles, but cannot for his blood talk fairly: he is that we did not recover our health and legs until Sir heartily sorry for it; but he cheats by constitution, Walter Bickerstaff married Maud the milk-maid, of and over-reaches by instinct. whom the then garter king-at-arms, a facetious person, The happiness of the man who marries my sister said pleasantly enough, that she had spoiled our will be, that he has no faults to correct in her but ber blood, but mended our constitutions.'
own, a little bias of fancy, or particularity of manners, After this account of the effect our prudent choice which grew in herself, and can be amended by ber, of matches has had upon our persons and features, I From such an untainted couple, we can hope to bare cannot but observe, that there are daily instances of our family rise to its ancient splendour of face, air, as great changes made by marriage upon men's minds countenance, manner, and shape, without discovering and humours. One might wear any passion out of a the product of ten nations in one house. Obadiah family by culture, as skilful gardeners blot a colour Greenhat says, he never comes into any company in out of a tulip that hurts its beauty. One might pro- England, but he distinguishes the different nations of duce an affable temper out of a shrew, by grafting the which we are composed. There is scarce such a liring mild upon the choleric; or raise a jack-pudding from creature as a true Briton. We sit down, indeed, al a prude, by inoculating mirth and melancholy. It is friends, acquaintance, and neighbours ; but after two for want of care in the disposing of our children, bottles, you see a Dane start up and swear, The with regard to our bodies and minds, that we go into kingdom is his own.' A Saxon drinks up the wbone a house and see such different complexions and hu- quart, and swears, •He will dispute that with him mours in the same race and family. But to me it is A Norman tells them both, He will assert his liberty? as plain as a pike-staff, from what mixture it is, that and a Welchman cries, They are all foreigners this daughter silently lours, the other steals a kind and intruders of yesterday,' and beats them out look at you, a third is exactly well behaved, a fourth of the room. Such accidents happen frequently among a splenetic, and a fifth a coquette.
neighbours' children, and cousins-german. For which In this disposal of my sister, I have chosen, with an reason, I say, study your race; or the soil of your eye to her being a wit, and provided that the bride- family will dwindle into cits or esquires, or run up groom be a man of a sound and excellent judgment, into wits or madmen. who will seldom mind what she says when she begins to harangue: for Jenny's only imperfection is an admiration of her parts, which inclines her to be a little, but a No. 76.] TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1709. very little, sluttish ; and you are ever to remark, that we are apt to cultivate most, and bring into observa Quicquid agunt hominestion, what we think most excellent in ourselves, or
nostri est farrago libelli. Jur. Sat. i. 65, 96. most capable of improvement. Thus, my sister, ins:ead of consulting her glass and her toilet for an hour
Whatever gooil is done, rchaterer illand a half after her private devotions, sits with her
By human kind, shall this collection fill. nose full of snuff, and a man's night-cap on her head,
From my own Apartment, October 3. reading plays and romances. Her wit she thinks her distinction : therefore knows nothing of the skill of It is a thing very much to be lamented, that a maa dress, or making her person agreeable. It would must use a certain cunning to caution people against make you laugh to see me often, with my spectacles what it is their interest to avoid. All men will allow lacing on her stays; for she is so very a wit, that she that it is a great and heroic work to correct men's er. understands no ordinary thing in the world.
rors, and, at the price of being called a common For this reason, I have disposed of her to a man of enemy, to go on in being a common friend to my fellorbusiness, who will soon let her see, that to be well subjects and citizens. But I am forced in this work dressed, in good humour, and cheerful in the com to revolve the same thing in ten thousand lights, and mand of her family, are the arts and sciences of female cast them in as many forms, to come at men's minds life. I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentle and affections, in order to lead the innocent in safety, man, who extremely admired her wit, and would have as well as disappoint the artifices of betrayers. Since, given her a coach and six : but I found it absolutely therefore, I can make no impression upon the ofendto cross the strain ; for had they met, they had ing side, I shall turn my observations upon the of entirely been rivals in discourse, and in continual fended ; that is to say, I must whip my children for contention for the superiority of understanding, and going into bad company, instead of railing at bad brought forth critics, pendants, or pretty good poets. company for ensnaring my children. As it is, I expect an offspring fit for the habitation of The greatest misfortunes men fall into, arise from the city, town, or country; creatures that are docile themselves; and that temper, which is called very and tractable in whatever we put them to.
often, though with great injustice, good-nature, is To convince men of the necessity of taking this the source of a numberless train of esils. For which method, let any one, even below the skill of au astro reason, we are to take this as a rule, that no action is loger, behold the turn of faces he meets as soon as he commendable which is not roluntary; and re Este passes Cheapside Conduit, and you see a deep atten- made this a maxim: “That a man who is commonly tion and a certain unthinking sharpness in every called good-natured, is hardly to be thanked for any countenance. They look attentive, but their thoughts thing he does, because half that is acted about him is are engaged on mean purposes. To me it is very done rather by his sufferance than approbation' It apparent, when I see a citizen pass by, whether his is generally laziness of disposition, which chooses head is upon woollen, silks, iron, sugar, indigo, or rather to let things pass the worst war, than to go stocks. Now, this trace of thought, appears or lies through the pain of examination. It must be a hid in the race for two or three generations.
fessed, such a one has so great a benerolence in hin, I know at this time, a person of vast estate, who that he bears a thousand uneasinesses rather than be is the immediate descendant of a fine gentleman, but I will incommode others : vay, often, when he has jnst
reason to be offended, chooses rather to sit down with and I see by her carriage, that it is no hard matter, a small injury, than bring it into reprehension, out of for she is too gay to have a particular passion, or to pure compassion to the offender. Such a person has want a general one. it usually said of him, “He is no man's enemy but his Some days ago the town had a full charge laid own;' which is, in effect, saying. he is a friend to against my essays, and printed at large. I altered every man but himself and his friends : for, by a na not one word of what he of the contrary opinion said, tural consequence of his neglecting himself, he either but have blotted out some warm things said for me ; incapacitates himself to be another's friend, or makes therefore, please to hear the counsel for the defendothers cease to be his. If I take no care of my own ant, though I shall be so no otherwise than to take a affairs, no man that is my friend can take it ill if I middle way, and, if possible, keep commendations am negligent also of his. This soft disposition, if it from being insipid to men's taste, or raillery pernicicontinues uncorrected, throws men into a sea of diffi ous to their characters. culties. There is Euphusius, with all the good qualities in
Sep. 30, 1709. the world, deserves well of nobody: that universal "As I always looked upon satire as the best friend good-will which is so strong in him, exposes him to to reformation, whilst its lashes were general; so that the assault of every invader upon his time, his con- gentlemen must excuse me, if I do not see the inconTersation, and his property.
His diet is butcher's-venience of a method he is so much concerned at. The meat, his wenches are in plain pinners and Norwich errors he assigns in it, I think, are comprised in “ the crapes, his dress like other people, his income great : desperation men are generally driven to, when, by a and yet has he seldom a guinea at command. From public detection, they fall under the infamy they these easy gentlemen, are collected estates by servants feared, who otherwise, by checking their bridle, might or gamesters; which latter fraternity are excusable, have recovered their stumble, and, through a self. when we think of this clan, who scem born to be their conviction, become their own reformers ; so he that prey. All, therefore, of the family of Actæon, are to was before but a clandestine disciple, (to use his own take notice, that they are hereby given up to the quotation) is now become a doctor in impiety.” The brethren of the Industry, with this reserve only, that little success that is to be expected by these methods they are to be marked as stricken deer, not for their from a hardened offender, is too evident to insist on ; own sakes, but to preserve the herd from following yet, it is true, there is a great deal of charity in this them, and coming within the scent.
sort of reasoning, whilst the effects of those crimes I am obliged to leave this important subject, with extend not beyond themselves. But what relation out telling whose quarters are severed, who has the has this to your proceedings? It is not a circumhumbles, who the haunch, and who the sides, of the stantial guessing will serve the turn, for there are last stag that was pulled down ; but this is only de more than one to pretend to any of your characters; ferred in hopes my deer will make their escape with but there must at least be something that must out more admonitions or examples, of which they amount to a nominal description, before even common have had, in mine and the town's opinion, too great a fame can separate me from the rest of mankind to plenty. I must, I say, at present go to other matters dart at. A general representation of an action, either of moment.
ridiculous or enormous, may make those wince who
find too much similitude in the character with themWhite's Chocolate-house, October 3.
selves to plead not guilty ; but none but a witness to The lady has answered the letter of Mr. Alexander the crime can charge them with the guilt, whilst the Landlord, which was published on Thursday last, but indictment is general, and the offender has the asylum in such a manner as I do not think fit to proceed in of the whole world to protect him. Here can then the affair; for she has plainly told him, that love is be no injustice, where no one is injured; for it is her design, but marriage her arersion. Bless me! theinselves must appropriate the saddle, before scan. what is this age come to, that people can think to dal can ride them. make a pimp of an astronomer !
Your method, then, in my opinion, is no way subI shall not promote such designs, but shall leare ject to the charge brought against it; but on the her to find out her admirer, while I speak to another contrary, I believe this advantage is too often drawn case sent to me by a letter of September thirtieth, from it, that whilst we laugh at, or detest, the uncersubscribed Lovewell Barebones, where the author de- tain subject of the satire, we often find something in sires me to suspend my care of the dead, until I have the error a parallel to ourselves ; and being insensibly done something for the dying. His case is, that the drawn to the comparison we would get rid of, we lady he loves is ever accompanied by a kinswoman, plunge deeper into the mire, and shame produces that one of those gay, cunning women, who prevent all which advice has been too weak for; and you, sir, the love which is not addressed to themselves. This get converts you never thought of. creature takes upon her in her mistress's presence to * As for descending to characters berow the dignity ask him, · Whether Mrs. Florimel, (that is the cruel of satire ; what men think are not beneath commisone's name) is not very handsome ?' upon which he sion, I must assure him, I think are not beneath relooks silly; then they both laugh out, and she proof : for, as there is as much folly in a ridiculous will tell him, “That Mrs. Florimel had an equal pas- deportment, as there is enormity in a criminal one, sion for him, but desired him not to expect the first so neither the one nor the other ought to plead extime to be admitted in private; but that now he was emption. The kennel of curs are as much enemies at liberty before her only, who was her friend, to to the state, as Gregg for his confederacy; for, as this speak his mind, and that his mistress expected it.' betrayed our government, so the other does our proUpon which Florimel acts a virgin-confusion, and perty, and one without the other is equally useless. with some disorder waits his speech. Here ever fol As for the act of oblivion he so strenuously insists lows a deep silence; after which a loud laugh. Mr. on, Le Roys' ari sera is a fashionable answer; and for Barebones applies himself to me on this occasion. his modus of panegyric, the hint was unnecessary,
All the advice I can give him, is, to find a lover for where virtue need never ask twice for her laurel. But the confidant, for there is no other bribe will prevail ; l as for his reformation by opposites, I again must ask
his pardon, if I think the effects of these sort of | in her closet at twelve, that she may become her reasonings, by the paucity of converts, are too great table at two, and be unable to eat in public. About an argument, both of their imbecility and unsuccess five years ago, I remember, it was the fashion to be fulness, to believe it will be any better than mis- short-sighted. A man would not own an acquaintance spending of time, by suspending a method that will until he had first examined him with his glass. At a turn more to advantage, and which has no other | lady's entrance into the play-house, you might see danger of losing ground, but by discontinuance. And tubes immediately levelled at her from every quarter as I am certain of what he supposes, that your lucu- of the pit and side-boxes. However, that mode of brations are intended for the public benefit; so I hope infirmity is out, and the age has recovered its sight; yon will not give them so great an interruption, by but the blind seem to be succeeded by the lame, and laying aside the only method that can render you be- a janty limp is the present beauty. I think I bare neficial to mankind, and, among others, agreeable to, formerly observed, a cane is part of the dress of a Sir, • Your humble servant, &c.' prig, and always worn upon a button, for fear le
should be thought to have occasion for it, or be es St. James's Coffee-house, October 3.
teemed really, and not genteelly, a cripple. I bare Letters from the camp at Havre, of the 7th in considered, but could never find out the bottom of stant, N. S. advise, that the trenches were opened this vanity. I indeed have heard of a Gascon gene before Mons on the twenty-seventh of the last month. ral, who, by the lucky grazing of a bullet on the roll and the approaches were carried on at two attacks of his stocking, took'occasion to halt all his life after. with great application and success, notwithstanding But as for our peaceable cripples, I know no fourthe rains which had fallen ; that the besiegers had dation for their behaviour, without it may be supmade themselves masters of several redoubts, and posed that, in this warlike age, some think a cane the other out-works, and had advanced the approaches next honour to a wooden leg. This sort of affeewithin ten paces of the counterscarps of the horn- tation I have known run from one limb or member to work. Lieutenant-General Cadogan received a slight another. Before the limpers came in, I remember a wound in the neck soon after opening the trenches. race of hispers, fine persons, who took an aversion to
The enemy were throwing up entrenchments be- particular letters in our language. Some never uttered tween Quesnoy and Valenciennes, and the chevalier the letter H; and others had as mortal an aversion te de Luxemburg was encamped near Charleroy with a s. Others have had their fashionable defect in their body of ten thousand men. Advices from Catalonia ears, and would make you repeat all you said trice by the way of Genoa, import, that Count Staremberg over. I know an ancient friend of mine, whose table having passed the Segra, advanced towards Balaguier, is every day surrounded with flatterers, that makes which place he took after a few hour's resistance, and use of this, sometimes as a piece of grandeur, and at made the garrison, consisting of three Spanish bat-others as an art, to make them repeat their commentallions, prisoners of war. Letters from Bern say, dations. Such affectations have been indeed in the that the army under the command of Count Thaun world in ancient times; but they fell into them out of had begun to repass the mountains, and would shortly politic ends. Alexander the Great had a wry neck, evacuate Savoy.
which made it the fashion in his court to carry their •Whereas, Mr. Bickerstaff has received intelligence, heads on one side when they came into the presence. that a young gentleman, who has taken my discourses One who thought to outshine the whole court, carupon John Partridge and others in too literal a sense, ried his head so over-complaisantly, that this martia! and is suing an elder brother to an ejectment; the prince gave him so great a box on the ear, as set all aforesaid young gentleman is hereby advised to drop the heads of the court upright. his action, no man being esteemed dead in law, who This humour takes place in our minds as well as eats and drinks, and receives his rents.'
bodies. I know at this time a young gentleman, who talks atheistically all day in coffee-houses, and in his
degree of understanding sets up for a free-thinker: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1709. though it can be proved upon him, he says his prayers From my own Apartment, October 5.
every morning and erening. But this class of modern
wits I shall reserve for a chapter by itself. As bad as the world is, I find by very strict ob Of the like turn are all your marriage-haters, who servation upon virtue and vice, that if men appeared rail at the noose, at the words, 'for ever and are,' no worse than they really are, I should have less and at the same time are secretly pining for some young work than at present I am obliged to undertake for thing or other that makes their hearts ach by their their reformation. They have generally taken up a refusal. The next to these, are such as pretend to kind of inverted ambition, and affect even faults and govern their wives, and boast how ill they use them ; imperfections of which they are innocent. The other when, at the same time, go to their houses, and you day in a coffee-house I stood by a young heir, with a shall see them step as if they feared making a noise, fresh, sanguine, and healthy look, who entertained us and as fond as an alderman. I do not know but with an account of his claps and diet-drink; though, sometimes these pretensions may arise from a desire to my knowledge, he is as sound as any of his ten to conceal a contrary defect than that they set up for.
I remember, when I was a young fellow, re had a This worthy youth put me into reflections upon companion of a very fearful complexion, who, when that subject; and I observed the fantastical humour we sat in to drink, would desire us to take his sword to be so general, that there is hardly a man who is from him when he grew fuddled, for it was his mis. not more or less tainted with it. The first of this fortune to be quarrelsome. order of men are the valetudinarians, who are never There are many, many of these evils, which demand in health; but complain of want of stomach or rest my observation ; but because I have of late been every day until noon, and then devour all which thought somewhat too satirical, I shall give them comes before them. Lady Dainty is convinced, that warning, and declare to the whole world, that they it is necessary for a gentlewoman to be out of order ; are not true, but false hypocrites; and make it out and, to preserve that character, she dines every day I that they are good men in their hearts. The motive
of this monstrous affectation, in the above-mentioned smaller flourishes of the pencil; so I find some relief and the like particulars, I take to proceed from that in striking out miscellaneous hints, and sudden starts noble thirst of fame and reputation which is planted of fancy, without any order or connexion, after havin the hearts of all men. As this produces elegant ing spent myself on more regular and elaborate writings and gallant actions in men of great abilities, dissertations. I am at present in this easy state of it also brings forth spurious productions in men who mind sat down to my scrutoire; where, for the better are not capable of distinguishing themselves by things disposition of my correspondence, I have writ upon which are really praise-worthy. As the desire of every drawer the proper title of its contents; as hyfame in men of true wit and gallantry shows itself in pocrisy, dice, patches, politics, love, duels, and so proper instances, the same desire in men who have forth. My various advices are ranged under such the ambition without proper faculties, runs wild and sereral heads, saying only that I have a particular box discovers itself in a thousand extravagances, by for Pacolet, and another for Monoculus, I cannot which they would signalize themselves from others, but observe, that my duel-box, which is filled by the and gain a set of admirers. When I was a middle lettered men of honour, is so very ill spelt, that it is aged man, there were many societies of ambitious hard to decypher their writings. My love-box young men in England, who, in their pursu its after though on a quite contrary subject, filled with the fame, were every night employed in roasting porters, works of the fairest hands in Great Britain, is almost smoking coblers, knocking down watchmen, over as unintelligible. The private drawer, which is sacred
turning constables, breaking windows, blackening to politics, has in it some of the most refined panea sign posts, and the like immortal enterprises, that dis- gyrics and satires that any age has produced.
persed their reputation throughout the whole king I have now before me several recommendations for dom. One could hardly find a knocker at a door in a places at my Table of Fame. Three of them are of an whole street after a midnight expedition of these beaux extraordinary nature, in which I find I am misunderesprits. I was lately very much surprised by an stood, and shall, therefore, beg leave to produce account of my maid, who entered my bed-chamber them. They are from a quaker, a courtier, and a this morning in a very great fright, and told me, she citizen. was afraid my parlour was haunted ; for that she had found several paves of my windows broken, and the
'ISAAC, floor strewed with half-pence. I have not yet a full
• Thy lucubrations, as thou lovest to call them, have light into this new way, but am apt to think, that it been perused by several of our friends, who have
taken offence ; forasmuch as thou excludest out of the is a generous piece of wit that some of my contemporaries make use of, to break windows and leave religion, we are afraid that thou wilt fill thy table
brotherhood all persons who are praise-worthy for money to pay for them.
with none but heathens, and cannot hope to spy a St. James's Coffee-house, October 5.
brother there; for there are none of us who can be I have no manner of news more than what the placed among murdering heroes, or ungodly wits; whole town had the other day; except that I have the since we do not assail our enemies with the arm of original letter of the Marshal Boumers to the French flesh, nor our gainsayers with the vanity of human king, after the late battle in the woods, which I trans-wisdom. If, therefore, thou wilt demean thyself on late for the benefit of the English reader:
this occasion with a right judgment, according to the
gifts that are in thee, we desire thou wilt place James 'SIRE,
Nayler at the upper end of thy table. • This is to let your majesty understand, that to
* EZEKIEL STIFFRUMP. .1 your immortal honour, and the destruction of the In answer to my good friend Ezekiel, I must stand confederates, your troops have lost another battle. to it, that I cannot break my rule for the sake of Artagnan did wonders, Rohan performed miracles : James Nayler ; not knowing, whether Alexander the Guiche did wonders, Gattion pcrformed miracles ; Great, who is a choleric hero, would not resent the whole army distinguished themselves, and every his sitting at the upper end of the table with his hat body did wonders. And to conclude, though you have lost the field of battle, you have not lost the
But to my courtier. wonders of the day. I can assure your majesty, that
SIR, though you have lost the field of battle, you have not lost an inch of ground. The enemy marched behind I am surprised, that you lose your time in comus with respect, and we ran away from them as bold plimenting the dead, when you make your court to the as lions.
living. Let me only tell you in the ear, Alexander,
and Cæsar, as generous as they were formerly, hare Letters have been sent to Mr. Bickerstaff, relating not now a groat to dispose of. Fill your table with to the present state of the town of Bath, wherein the good company : I know a person of quality that shall people of that place have desired him to call home give you one hundred pounds for a place at it. Be the physicians. All gentlemen, therefore, of that secret, and be rich. Yours, profession are hereby directed to return forth with to
• You know my hand.' their places of practice; and the stage-coaches are This gentleman seems to have the true spirit, withrequired to take them in before other passengers, out the formality, of an under-courtier; therefore I until there shall be a certificate signed by the mayor, shall be plain with him, and let him leave the name or Mr. Powel, that there are but two doctors to one of his courtier and one hundred pounds in Morphew's patient left in town.
hands : if I can take it, I will.
My citizen writes the following. 9 No. 78.] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1709.
MR. ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, From my own Apartment, October 7. As your painters, who deal in history pieces, often "Your Tatler, of the thirteenth of September, I entertain themselves upon broken sketches, and am now reading, and in your list of famous men, de