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a coat of heraldry, during their lives. by the ties of blool: next to these stand They are pleased with leaving some those persons to whom we are connected memorial of their existence behind them, by friendship; and, next to our friends and to perpetuate the remembrance of and relations, mankind in general. But themfelves by the application of their the humanity of a testator will not be money to some vain-glorious purposes; thoug!ıt very exte:sive, though it reaches though the good gentlemen never did to posterity, or includes the poor in geone act to make themselves reinarkable, neral, if it neglects the objects of chaor laid out a single filling in a laud. rity immedia:ely under his eye, or those able manner, while they lived. If an individuals whó have the belt title to Apothesis were to be bought, how many his benevolence. Virgil has placed those rich rogues would be deified after their rich men, who bestowed none of their deaths! not a p umb in the city but wealth on their relations, among the would purchase this imaginary godlip chief personages in his Hell. Whereas readily as he paid for his freedom at fore I would advise iny good correhis first setting up; and I doubt not but spondent Mr. Vainail fiilt to contider this fantastical ditinction would be more whether he has not some poor relation frequent on an escutcheon than a co. starving perhaps in some distant part of ronet.

the kingdom; after that let him look The disposal of our fortunes by our round, whether he has not some friends laft will should be considered as the dif- whoin he may poflibly relieve from mi.. charge of a sacred trust, which we should sery and distress. But if he has no reendeavour to execute in a just manner; lation, nor any person in the world that and as we have had the enjoyment of has any regard for him, before he besich poffeffions, we ought carefully to gins to endow a college, or found an provide that they inay devolve to those hospital, 1 Mould take it as a particular who have the most 'natural claim to favour if he would leave his inoney to them. They who may first demand our me, and will promise to inmortalize his tavour, are those who are allied to us memory in the Connoiffeur.

No CXXX. THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1756.

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SWEET VIRTUOSA! WITH WHAT ART SHE SINGS,

WITH WHAT A GUSTO STRIKES THE TREMBLING STRINGS!
Have just received the following let- riously affected by the various combina-

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confort of my late correspondent Sir adıler skill and taste in composition to Aaron. I hall not pretend to mode- my natural happy difpofition to mufic; rate in family-disputes of lo important and the best judges, as well as the best a nature, but leave each party to speak performers in that country, allowed me for theinfelves,

to have an uncommon share of virtù.

I both compose and perform, Sir : and MR. TOWN,

though I say it, perhaps few, even of PRAY hear both fides fairly before the profession, polless the contra-punto

you judge; for (to use the vulgar and the cromatic better; and I have had expression) - one story is good till the the unspeakable pleasure of hearing my

other is told.' I am, sir, the unfor. compofitions and my performances digtunate wife of that inelegant (I had al- pified in Italy with the unanimous ap- . moit said inienfible) husband, who, in pellations of squisito, divino, and adoreyour paper of the eighth inftant, pro. vole. nounces and publishes me to be mad, Is there any madness in this? Docs ftark inad.

not he better deserve that imputation I confess and glory in my passion for whose break is insensible and impene mufic: and can there be a nobler or trable to all the charms and powers of more generous one? My nerves, are harmony? To be plain, I mean my bur Naturally trung to harmony, and yan band; whom I have frequently seca

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yawn, nay leave the room, in the mid- above three notes at most, and those dle of the most touching paibetic, tung cannot be foftenute.- I wish, for by the most affecting Signora Mingotti, • all that,' antwers he,' that they were accompanied by the divine Signor di • here: I should like them better than Giardino. And yet-paidon this di- ' all your Signors and Signoras;' and I gressive transpori-how irrelitible is the I am sure they would cott a great deal expreffion, the melody, the cadences, the

« less.' apotyraturas, of that incomparable vir. This article of expence he often dwells iuoja! What energy, what delicacy, upon, and sometimes even with warmth; and what yariety are in the inimitable to which I reply, with all the mildnels compotitions and execution of the charm- that becomes a good wife My dear, ing Signor di Giardino!

What an ar- ' you have a good fortune of your own, peggio he has, what a faccato, what an ' and I brought you still a better. Of andante! In short, I may, I am sure, 'what use is money if not employed? with truth afert, that wliether in the . And how can it be better employed allegro or the piano, the adagio, the • than in encouraging and rewarding largo, or the forte, he never had his 'diftinguished gufio and merit? There equal. Oh, Mr. Town, what an irre- people whom you call ballad-fingers trievable lois has this country futtainer! ' and pipers, are people of birth, though My good inan, among liis other qualiti. ' for the most part of lmall fortunes; cations, is a politician, you must know; " and they are much more considered, and one of his principal objections against as you know, in Italy, than all the thefe virtuofi is, that they are foreigners. greatest ancient Roman heroes, if reHe flew into a violent paffion with me • vived, would now be. They leare last Sunday night, because I had a con- ' their own ccuntry, where they are so cert at iny house, when, he faid, such ' infinitely elteemed for their moral as bad news were received from abroad. ( well as their musical characters, and I know not what be, and other inuddy- ' generously sacrifice all these advanheaded politicians, may think : but ict tages to our diversion. Beficies, my hiin talk what he will of The Blake. • dear, what should we do with our money, THE Governor, The Admiral, I ney? Would you lavish it away upon am sure the nation cannot sustain a grenier foundling hastards; lying-in women, evil than the loss of the Mingotu ; ( who have either no husbands or too who, as the public prints will inforın many; importunate beggars, all whole you,' is gone io Holland, till her affairs 'cries and complaints are the most . in England can be feriel.'

. Trocking discords ? Or, fuppose that But however gothic my hufband may we were to save our money, and leave be, I am fully deserinined to discharge our children better fortunes, who the duty of a good wife. Accordingly,

• krows but they might, as too many whenever he comes into my room, I fit • do, squander them away idly? wheredown to my harpsichord, and fing and as what we give to these virtuosi, ke play the molt soothing pieces of music, • know, is given to merit. For my in hopes some time or other of birting own part, my dear, I have infinite his unilon, but hi'herto to no purpose; pleasure when I can get any of them and, to say the truth, I fear he has not 'to accept of fifty or an hundred guione harmonic nerve in his whole system, neas; which, by the way, cannot al. though otherwile a man of good plain ways be brought about without fome finíc. When he interrupts my per- art and contrivance; for they are moft förınances (as in his letter he owns that exceedingly nice and delicate upon he does) with wishing for the men the point of honour, especially in the from Mother Vilnight's, with their 'article of money. I look upon fuck wooden ipoons, falt-boxes, Jew-harps, • trilling prefenis as a debt dne to fu. and broom ticks, to play in concert with perior talents and meryt; and I endea. nie; I answer him with all the gentle- vour to infinuate them in a way that n-fs and calınnels imaginable Indeed, o the receiver may not bluth.' Here

iny deal, you have not the leaft notion my husband breaks out into a violent

of these things. It would be impof- passion, and faysa Oons, Madam, ' {ible to bring those ridiculous intru- i thew me a virtuoso, or a virtuosa (as

ments into a concert, and to adapt a you call them) who ever bluslied in thorough.bals to them, they have not their lives, and I will give them the

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fee-fimple of my estate.' You see, and leaves no room for lesser and vulgar Mr. Town, what a strange man be is, cares; for you must certainly have obthat he has no idea of elegance and di fervei, Mr. Town, that whoever has a vertimenti; and when he is so violently passion for, and a thorough knowledge in alt, I will leave you to judge who it of mulic, is fit for no one other thing. is that is inad, iżark mad.

Thus truly informed of my case, I am In Mort, Sir, my husband is infenfi- sure you will judge equitably between ble, untuneable to the inoit noble,

Sir Aaron and your humble ser nerous, and strongeit of all human paf- vant, fions, a passion for music. That divine

MARIA HUMKIN. paffion alone engrolies the whole loul,

No CXXXI. THUP.SDAY, JULY 29, 1756.

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PERFECTOS VETERISQUE REFERRI DEBET, AN INTER
VILES ATQUE NOVOS?-

HOR,

HERE THE WISE YOUTH IS DEEM'D A BEV'REND SAGE,
AND SHARES THE HONOURS OF GREY HAIRS AND AGE:
TH'OLD DOTARD HERE, WHOM CHILDISH PASSIONS RULE,
TAKES HIS DUE NAME, AN INFANT AND A TOOL.

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To other disposition or turn of mind pains and diligence unnecessary. Perso.

focial offices of life as Indolence. An at firit appear insuperable; and it is idie man is a mere blank in the creation: amazing to consider how great and nu. he seems made for no end, and lives to merous obitacles may be removed by a no purpose. He cannot engage himself continual attention to any particular in any employment or profession, be- point. I will not mention here the trite cause he will never have diligence enough example of Demofthenes, who got over to follow it: he can succeed in no un- the greatelt natural impedimenrs to oradertaking, for he will never pursue it: tory, but content mytelf with a more he must be a bad husband, father, and modern and familiar instance. Being relation, for he will not take the leatt at Sadler's Wells a few nights ago, pains to preserve his wife, children, and could not but admire the furprising feats family, from itarving; and he muit bea of activity there exhibited, and at the worthless friend, for he would not draw same time reficcted what incredible pains his hand from his hofom, though to pre- and labour it must have colt the pervent the deltruction of the univerk.' If tormers to arrive at the art of writhing he is born poor, he will remain fo all their bodies into such various and un bis life, which he will probably end in natural contortions. But I was most a ditch, or at the gallows: if he einbarks taken with the ingenious artist, who, in trade, he will be a bankrupt: and if after fixing two bells to each fuot, the he is a person of fortune, his itewards fame number to each hand, and, with will acquire immense eftates, and he great propriety, placing a cap and bells himself perhaps will die in the Fleet. on his head, played leverai tunes, and

It thould be considered, that nature went through as regular triple peals and did not bring us into the world in a Bob Majors as the Bors of Ciuriitftate of perfection, but has left us in a Church Hospital; all which he effected capacity of improvement; which should by the due jerking of his arms and legs, Kem to intimate, that we should labour and nodding of his head backward and to render uurielves excellent. Very few forward. If this artift had taken equal are such absolute ideots, as not to be pains to employ bis head in ancther way, able to become at leait decent, if not he might perhaps have been as desp a eminens, in their feveral stations, by uns proficient in numbe s as Jedediah Buxwearied and keen application : nor are

ton, or at least a tolerable modern rbiiner, there any pofleffed of such tranicendent of which he is now no bad emblem; genius and abilities, as to render all and if our fine ladies would ute equal diligence, they might fashion their minds Thall we look back upon as irretrievally as successfully as Madam Catharina lost? and to how nurow a com pais diftorts her body.

2 0 2 diligence,

would such a method of calculation freThere is not in the world a more use- quently reduce the longeit life? If we Jess idle animal, than he who contents were to nunber our days according as himself with being merely a Gentleman, we have applied them to virtue, it would He has an estate, therefore, he will not occafion strange revolutions in the manendeavour to acquire kno:vledge: be is ner of reckoning the ages of men. We not to labour in any vocation, therefore should see some few arrived to a good he will do nothing. But the misfortune old age in the prime of their youth, and is, that there is no such thing in nature meet with feveral young fellows of fouras negative virtue, and that absolute fcore. idleneis is impracticable. He who does Agreeable to this way of thinking, I no good, will certainly do mischief; remember to have met with the epitaph and the mind, if it is not stored with of an aged man, four years old ; dating useful knowledge, will necesarily be- his existence from the 'ime of his reforcome a magazine of nonsense end trifles. mation from evil courses. Theinfcrip Wherefore a gentleman, though ne is tions on most tomb.ttones commemorate not obliged to rise to open his thop, or no acts of virtue performed by the perwork at his trade, thould always find fons who lie under them, but only resome ways of employing his time to ad cord, that they were born one day, and vantage.

If he makes no advances in died another. But I would fain have wisdom, he will become inore and inore those people, whose lives have been ulea llave to folly; and he that does no- less, rendered of fome service after their thing, becaufe he has nothing to do, will deaths, by affording lessons of inftruc'becime vicious and abandoned, or at tion and morality to those they leave bebest ridiculous and contemptible. hind them. Wherefore I couid with,

I do not know a more melancholy that in every parish several acres were object than a man of an honest heart marked out for a new and spacious and fine natural abilities, whose good Burying ground: in which every perqualities are thus deltroved hy Indolence. son, whole remains are there deposited, Such a person is a confiant plague to all should have a finall stone laid over them, his friends and acquaintance, with all reckoning their age, according to the the mea's in his power of a:lding to their manner in which they have improved er happiness; and Puffers himfelf to rank abufed the time allotted them in their ainong the lowest characters, when he lives. In such circumitances, the plate might render hinself confpicitous among on a coffin might be the higheft pane. the hig eft. Nobody is more univer- gyric which the deceased could receive; fally belove!, and m re universally and a little square ftone, inscribed with avoided, than my friend Careless. He ·Ob. Ann. Ætai. 80,' would be a nois an huinane man, who never did a bler eulogium than all the lapidary adubeneficent action; and a man of un. lation of modern epitaphs. In a Burymaken in egrity, on whom it is impol- ing-ground of this narue, allowing for fible to depend. With the helt head,' the partiality of liurvivors, which would and the buit heart, he regulates his con- certainly point out the most brilliant dup in the most absurd manner, and actions of their dead friends, we might frequently injures liis friends; for who. perhaps fee fome inscriptions not much ever neglects to do justice to himself, unlike the following. mu't inevitably wrong those with whom

" Here lie the remains of a celebrated he is connected; and it is by no means

• Beauty, age 50, who died in her a true maxim, that an idle man hurts

She was born in her eighnobody bit himself. Virtue then is not to be con 6dered in

' teenth year, and was untimely killed the light of mere innocence, or abstain.

' by the small-pox in her twenty-third.' ing from harm; but as the exertion of • Herc rests, in eternal Neen, ihe mer. our faculries in doing good : as Tirus, ' tal part of L. B. a Freethinker, when he had let a day lip, und.ftin- aged 88, an Infant. He came into gui hed by fo:ne ? &t of virtue, cried out • the world by chance in the year ,

I have litt a tay." if we regard ' and was annibila:ed in the first year our time in this light, how inany days

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i firth year.

of his age.'

Here continue to rot the bones of a • Here lies Huac Da Costa, a convert • noted Buck, an embryo, which never '" froin Judaisin, aged 0.4.

He was • Thewed any signs of life; but after " born and chritened in his sixty-first

twenty-three years was so totally pu- ' year, and died in the true Faith in • trified, that it could not be kept above • the third year of his age.' 'ground any longer.' Here lies the foln carcase of a

• Here is deposited the body of the

I celebrated Beau Tawdry, who was Boori Companion, who was born in ' a dropsv in his 4o ch year. He linger

horn at court in the year ----, on a ed in this condition, till he was ohl ged

Birthnigbt, and died of grief in his ' to be tappad; when he relapsed into

' second year, upon the court's going • his former condition, and died in the

into mourning.' • fecond vear of his age, and twenty

third of his drinking.'

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No CXXXII. THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1756.

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I HATE THE VULGAR; NOR WILL CONDESCEND
TO CALL A FOUL-MOUTH'D HANDICRAFTSMAN FRIEND.

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Know not any greater misfortune no emulatio in them : they entertain

that can happen to a young fellow, none of that decent pride, which is so at his first setting out in life, than his essential a requisite in all characters; falling in to Low Company. He that and the total absence of which, in a boy, links to a familiarity with persons much is à certain indication that his riper age below his own level, will be constantly will be contemptible. I remember a weighed down by his nase connections; young fellow of this cast, who, by his and, though he may easily plunge ftill early attachment to Low Company, gave lower, he will find it almost impossible up all the advantages of a good family ever to rise again. He will alio inevi and ample fortune. He not only lost all tably contract a mean air, and an iili his natural interest in the county where beral dispolition; an i you can no more his eltate was Guated, but was not ho. give him an ingenuous turn of mind, noured with the acquaintance of one by a sudden intro luction to genteel com- gentleman in it. He lived, indeed!, chief. pany, than you can make an apprentice lv in town, and at an exper ce fufficient a fine gentleman, by dressing him in to have maintained him among those of embroidery : though experience teaches the firit rank; but he was so perpetually vs, that the mind is, unhappily, looner furrounded with men of the lowest cha. d.torted than reformed; and a gentle racter, that people of fashion, or even 11111 will as readily catch the manners thote of much inferior fortune, would of the vulgar, by mixing with fuch have thought it infamous to be teen with mean associates, as he wouli daub his him. All the while, he was reckoned, cloaths with tout, by running against a by his associates, to be a mighty good. chimney-sweeper.

natured gentleman, and without the A propensity to low company is ow- least bit of pride in him. ing, either to an original meanness of It is one of the greatest advantages of {pirit, a want of education, or an ill- education, that it encourages an ineplacet pride, commonly arising from nuous spirit, and cultivares a liberal dira both the fore mentioned caules. Thole

pofition. We do not wonder, that a who are naturally of a grovelling difpo- lad who has never been sent to school, Gtion, thew it even at Ichool, by chur and whole faculties have been suffered ing their play fellows from the scum of to rust at the hall-house, should form the class; and are never so happy as too close an intimacy with his belt when they can steal down to romp with friends, she groom and the game. keepthe fervants in the kitchen. The, haye er ; but it would amaze us to fee a boy

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