Obrázky na stránke


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
Besides those who are universally ac- halte, inadvertence, or other avocations,
knowledged of this rank from their birth they unavoidably abounded with many
and fituation in life, the courtesy of faults; from which I have endeavoured
England also entitles all persons who to clear them as much as poflible in
carry arms to that dignity: so that his their present form. Mr. Faulkner of
Majesty's three regiments of guards are Dublin is very welcome, therefore, to
composed entirely of Gentlemen; and his Irish edition, printed literatim from
every priggish fellow, who can cap a my Folio; in which, I dare say, the
queüe to his peruke, and hang a livord very errors of the press are moit reli-
auk warılly dangling, by his fide, from giously preserved.
thence assumes the importance as well I cannot but regret, indeed, that there
as name of a Gentleman. Idleness and is still wanting one principal ornament
ignorance being too often the disgrace to these little volumes; I mean the De-
of those who are Gentlemen born and

Not that there are want-
bred, inany invest themselves with that ing persons highly deserving of all the
dignity, though with no other qualifi. praises which the moit obfequious and
cations. If the pride, poverty, or neg most devoted Author could possibly la-
lect of parents, has prevented their son vish on them: for in all ages, and in all
from being bound apprentice, or if the nations, there have always abounded.
idle rascal has shewn his indentures a Latin Authors, for example, have never
light pair of heels, in either case Tom failed to pay their compliments to the
is of no trade, and consequently a Gen- illustrious family of the Ifimi; such as
tleman. I know at this time a man, the laudatisimi, the eminentissimi, the
who came from Ireland last summer commendatissimi, the famigeratissimi, the
with an hayfork, but before winter doctilimi, the nobilifimi, &c. and among
raised himself to the rank of a Gentle- our own writers no les respect has bern
man; and every day I go to Windmill Mewn to the numerous race of the mojt
Street, I see a very honourable Gentle- famous, the rzo ingenious, the most
man betting large lums of money, whom learned, the most eminent, &c. It is
I formerly remember Marker of the but justice, that those who offer the in-
Tennis Court. Aud to this, that all cense, should live by the altar:' yet,
attorneys clerks, apprentices, and the notwithstanding I gave notice to any
like, are Gentlemen every evening; and Rich Citizen, Nobleman, or Others, that
the citizen (who drudges all the rest of my d-elication should be disposed of to
the week behind the counter) every Sun- the Bett B duer, I have received no
day, together with his laced waistcoat overtures on that head. In the City,
and ruffles, puts on the Gentleman. this Course of Exchange has not yet
Every author, Mr. Town, is a Gentle- been established; and among people of
man, if not an Esquire, by his profel- quality, the marker has been over-
fion; and all the players, from King locked, and Aartery is become a mere
Richard to the Lieutenant of the Tower, drug; while some of them, who have
are Gentleinen.

taken up the trade themselves, have,
The body of Gentlemen is still more perhaps, confidered me as a rival or in-
numerous; but I have not leisure at terloper in the hutineis.
present to climb up to garrets, or dive It reinains only to give an account of
into cellars after them. I shallonly oh, the Authors concerned in this work. I
serve, that many of the abovemention- am forry that I do not know the names
ed members of this orde, die with the of any of the Volunteers, to whom I
same reputation that they livel, and yo have been greatiy indehted: and as to
out of the world, like Squire Maclean, those who have engaged for the drudgery
or Gentleman Harry.

of the week, various conjectures have
Your humble servant, &c. been formed aho'it them. Some are

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

[ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors]

5 'or


or Lord
-; they know it by the or Lord -

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.

[merged small][ocr errors]
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]





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,

oilt, to

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


« PredošláPokračovať »