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cafe to the confideration of the gentle with the Scriptures, if you believe aný men of the cloth; humbly praying, that Scripture at all. For you say, Sir, that they wsuid te pleased to let us go fcot. the moit extraordinary tenets of relifree as well as the clergy. For though gion are very successfully propagated a good meal is in truth a very comfort- under the function of leathern aprons able thing to us, it is enough to blunt instead of caffocks. Well, and fuppofo the edge of our appetites, to confider it is: you acknowledge it is received by that we must afterwards pay so dear for well disposed people; and if it is, then our ordinary. i ani, Sir, your humble it is plain, as you ridicule it, you are fervant,
not one of these well disposed. But, JEFFERY BAREBONES. Sir, this New Doctrine, as you call it,
is not only propagated under the lancBy some of my papers I find I have tion of leathern aprons, by barbers, drawn upon me the centure, not only of bricklayers, and the like, but by many the Free-thinkers, but of the Moravic of the clergy now in the established ans, Methodists, and other numerous church: and if you often went to hear fetaries, wh'ch have lately started up them, but not as a critic to carp at what in opposition to our eitablished religion. is there spoken, you would understand The following letter, occasioned by my more what this New Doctrine meant, fixty-first number, bear's about it lo and whether it drives men to enthusiasm, many marks of an original, that it cer- and the like, or no. tainly comes from one of their teachers, Sir, what you touch on the Morawho (as his ftile sinells so much of the vians, I wil not say any thing about or craft) is undoubtedly some inspired againit: for perhaps it is too true. But, hoe-maker, or enlightened bricklayer. Sir, I would advite you to know a litile I have therefore printed it without any more of religion experimentally for youralteration, except in the spelling. felt, before you pretend to condemn
oihers. And, Sir, if you are informed that there will be a mad-house built on
the ground where the Foundery stands, I have taken the pains as usual to read
or the Methodists Meeting-house, as your paper; and as you receive lets you call it, perhaps there may be as ters, I thought proper among the rest to many criticiling lunatics in it as religious tend one allo, to let you know, that lones; and very likely more. Sir, I beg did not krow that a car was capable of you would take care you don't bother conftituting a religious fociety' before. your brains too much about other peoA prieit may, 'tis true; and to may an- ple's affairs; leit I Mould have the pain, other rational creature, and perhaps an not the pleasure, of seeing you there. old woman also. But, Sir, you argue, I have just given vou a sketch of the that what a French fool or lunatic lays ridiculing the New Doctrine, and with on this head, is true; but you make you could find fome better employ, it more out, I observe, from the old wo. to be it was with a leathern apron before man and the leathern apron, than you you, for I think it would become you do of the cat. For, if old women will, better than this point does. Sir, I hope or does constitute a religious fociety, Í you will excuse my freedom with you, understand from the foundation you
as others muit your's with thein. feem to argue, that you are as much an
Your bumble fervant, old woman as they. For to argue or
WISH NO HARM. reafon from an old wornan's story, and for all your learning, and policy, and
The last letter which I fall add comes eunningness and judgment, you seem to from an unknown correspondent, who have, you have but little of yourself: has already obliged me more than once, and as you leem to ridicule religion, if I may judge from the hand-writing. and compare it to atheism or lunacy, I would beg the favour to know, Sir, what religion You are of: but by your SOME time ago you archly remarked, talk I fear you are of none at all.
th it there was not one Woman left, This New Doctrine, Sir, that you hut that the whole sex was elevated into revile, is the real Gospel, which you will LADIES. You might at the same time find so, if you hear it, and compare it have taken notice of the wonderful in
crease among the other sex in the order were separately published: though I can-
not but be sentible, that either through
Not that there are want-
taken up the trade themselves, have,
of the week, various conjectures have
fure that the papers fione: T are writBefore I dismiss this new edition ten by Mr. Such an One-because it is of my work, 'I think it my duty to re- the first letter of his name; and others, turn thanks to my kind itaders for their by Another--because it is not: O is candid reception of these Papers, as they the mark of the Honourable
Esquire; but ftile : and W must be the work of a that those which are marked with a T, certain famous wit, and no other-dut and those with an O, and those wiih a Erasmus, aut Diabolus. But to put W, (as well as those which hereafter this matter out of all doubt, and to fatis. may perhaps be signed N) are furnished fy the curiosity of my readers, all I am by the ingenious and learned gentleat liberty at present to divulge is, that man, who has fubícribed his name to none of the papers (to iny knowledge) this paper. were written by the Honourable
T, 0, W, N.
N° LXXI. THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1755.
IST BREVITATE OPUS, UT CURRAT SENTENTIA, NEU SE
I WRITI, AS I WOULD TALK; AM SHORT, AND CLEAR;
BUT FOLKS EXPECT TO LAUGH WITH MR. TOWN. MONG the several degrees of au- differently disposed, as in the fame pack bare more obstacles to surmount at their there will never be two hands exactly ferting out than the writers of periodic alike. cal essays. Talk with a modern critic, After this introduction, I hope to he and he will tell you, that a new paper pardoned, if I indulge myfelf in speakis a vain attempt after the inimitable ing a word or two concerning my own Spectator and others; that all the pro. endeavours to entertain the public. And per subjects are already pre-occupied, first, whatever objections the reader may and that it is equally impossible to find have had to the subjects of my papers, out a new field for observation, as to I shall nake no apology for the manner discover a new world. With these pre- in which I have chose to treat them. judices, the public are prepared to re- The dread of falling into. (what they ceive us; and while they expect to be are pleased to call) colloquial barbarisms, cloyed with the itale repetition of the has induced some unskiltul writers to faine fare, though toffed up in a diffe- fwell their bloated di&tion with uncouth rent manner, they fit down with but phrases and the affected jargon of pelittle relish for the entertainment, dants. For my own part, I never go
That the Spectator first led the way, out of the common way of expression, mut undoubtedly be acknowledged: but merely for the sake of introducing a that his followers muit for that reason more founding word with a Latin terbe always supposed to tread in his steps, mination. The English language is sufcan by no means be allowed. In the ficiently copious and exprellive without high road of life there are several exten. any further adoption of new terms ; and five walks, as well as bye-paths, which the native words seem to me to have far we may itrike into, without the necessity more force than any foreign auxiliaries, of ke-ping the same beaten track with however pompoully ushered in: as Brie those that have gone before us. New tish soldiers fight our battles better than objects for ridicule will continually pre. 'the alien troops taken into our pay, fent themselves, and even the fame cha- The fulajects of my essays have been tacters will appear different by being chiefly fuch, as I thought might recom,
mend themselves to the public notice by my labours, by the kine reception which being new and uncommon. -- For this they have hitherto met with from the
seafon Tpurposely avoided the worn-out public: and Mr. Estiwin with no less practice of retailing scraps of morality, pleasure inforius nie, that as there are and affe Sting to dogmaize on the com- but few vumbers luft of the Folio edimon duties of life. In this point, in- tion, he intends to collect my papers deed, the Spectator is inimitable; nor into Two Pocket Veiumes. The reader could I hope to say any thing new upon cannot corcrive how much I already these topics after so many excellent mo- pride myself on the charming figure 'ral and religious esıys, which are the which my works will make in this pew principal ornament of that work. I forin: and I shall endeavour to render have therefore contented onyíelf with ex- thefe volumes as compleat as I possibly poting vice and folly by painting man. can, by several confidera' le addition's kind in their natural colours, without and amendments. Though contracted affuming the rigid air of a preacher, into the small space of a twelves volume, the moroteness of a philosopher. I have I still hope to maintain my former digrather chose to undermine our fashion- nity; like the Devils in Milton's Pan. able excelles, by secret fapping, than to demoniuin, who, ftorm them by open asfault. In a word, upon all occasions I have endeavoured
-To smallest forms to laugh people into a better behaviour: Reduc'd their thapes immense, and were at as I am convinced that the sting of re
large. proof is not less sharp for being con. cealed; and advice never comes with a The Spectator has very elegantly combetter face than when it comes with a pared his Single papers, as they came laughing one.
..cherries on a stick;' of the Ť here are some points in the course dearness of wliich the purchasers cannot of this work, which perhaps might have complain, who are willing to gratify been treated with a more serious air, I their taste with choice fruit at it's earlihave thought it my duty to take every eft production. I have confidered my opportunity of expoling the absurd tenets own papers as so many flowers, which of our modern Free.thinkers and En- joined together would make up a prerry thusiasts. The Enthufiait is, indeed, nosegay; and though each of them fingly much more difficult to cure than the taken, may not be equally admired for Free-thinker ; because the latter, with their odours, they may receive an ade all his bravery, cannot but be conscious ditional fragrance by an happy union of that he is wrong; whereas the former their fweers. may have deceived himself into a belief, The learned decoration in the front that he is certainly in the rights and the of my papers, though perhaps it has more he is opposed, the more he con- sometimes put my scholarship to a ftand, liders himself as 'patiently suitering for I could by no means dispenle with: for • the truth's fake.' Ignorance is too fuch is the prevalence of cuitom, that stubborn to vieht to conviction ; and on the most finished effar, without a motto, the other hand, those, whom a little would appear to many people as maimed " learning has made mad,' are too proud and impertect, as a beautiful face with. and seit lutficient to bearken to the fo. out a nose. But custom has impored ber voice of reason. The only way left upon us a new task, of giving translaus, therefore, is to root out fuperitition, tions to these moitos; and it has been by making it's followers athamer of the usual inethod to copy them promif. themselves: and as for our Free-think- cuously from Dryden or Francis: though ers, it is but right to turn their boasted (as Denham has remarked of translation weapons of ricicule against them; and in general) the spirit of the original as they themselves enripavour to banter ' is evaporated in the transfusion, and others out of overy serious and virtuous s nothing is left behind but a mere caput notion, we too (in the language of the mortuum.' A mottó, as it ftands in Palinift) thouki's laugh them to scorn, the original, may be very apposite to the 4 and have them in derision.'
fubject of the effay, thongh nothing to It is with intimite pleasure that I find the purpose in the common translation myself so much encourgei to continue and it frequently derives all it's elegance