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The Universities seem to pride them- riority, which the younger sister bears selves greatly on their choice collections over her two elder: but at the same time, of curious and invaluable trifles, which it cannot be denied, that the excels them are there preserved, only because they were both even in the minutiæ of learning not thought worth preferving any where and antiquity. else. But is the Ashmolean Collection We must confess, that Hydraulics, of Rarities comparable to the Nicknacka. or the Motion of Fluids, seem to be tory of Mr. Pinchbeck? Or are any of taught exactly in the same manner, and their Mufæums stored with such preci- with the same degree of knowledge, in ous curiosities, as are frequently seen in London, as in Oxford or Cambridge. Mr. Langford's Auction-room? Stran. The Glass Tubes, and the Syphons, gers, who think it worth while to go so are formed very much in the same shape far as Oxford or Cambridge to see lights, and fashion. The great Hydrostatical may surely meet with as much satisfac- law, That all Auids gravitate in protion at London. Are the two little 'prio loco,' is proved by the same kind pigmies, Itriking a clock at Carfax in of experiments. The several students, Oxford, within any degree of compari- of whatever age or station, vie with each fon with the two noble giants at St. other in an unwearied application, and a Dunstan's Church in Fleet Street; to say constant attendance to this branch of nothing of their enormous brethren at mixed mathematics. The Professors, Guild Hall? Are any of the College in each of the thre UniverGities, are Halls in either of the universities, so confessedly very great men: but I hope magnificent as those belonging to our I may be forgiven, if I wish to see my worshipful companies ? Or can the friend Mr. Ryan, president of the King's Theatre at Oxford, or the Senate house Arms in Pall Mall, unanimously de. at Cambridge, vie with that stupendous clared Vice-chancellor of the University piece of architecture the Mansion-houle, of London. I am, Sir, your humble fet apart for our Chancellor the Lord servant, Mayor? It may be alledged, perhaps,

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No XVIII. THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1754.

NTHIL EST FURACIUS ILLO:
NON FUIT AUTOLYCI TAM PICEATA MANUS.

MART.

COULD HE HAVL FILCH'D BUT HALF 80 SLY AS THEE,
CROOK-FINGER'D JACK HAD 'SCAP'D THE TRIPLE TREE.

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N information was the other day his own treasures, a jury, who were na

laid before a magistrate by a Fel- Virtuosos, would consider a farthing low of the Society of Antiquarians, merely as a farthing, and look upon a against one of his brethren for a robbery. copper coin of a Roman Emperor as ne The prosecutor deposed upon oath, that beiter than a King George's haifpenny, the other had called upon hiin to see his I cannot, indeed, without g eat concollection of medals, and took an oppor- cern, as a Connoissuer, reflect on the tunity of stealing a leathern purse, for- known dishonesty of my learned bremerly belonging to the celebrated Tom thren. The scandalous practices, whereHearne, in which were contained, (be- ever their darling passion is interested, fides an antique piece of conper money, are too notorious to be denied. The place, date, name, figure, and value moment they conceive a love for rari. unknown) a pair of brecches of Oliver ties, and antiques, their ítrict notions Cromwell, a denarius of Trajan worth of honour dicappear; and Taite, the fifty shillings, and a Queen Anne's far- more it establishes their veneration for thing value five poulido He was with Virtù, the more certainly destroys their much ado dissuaded from carrying on integrity: as rust enhances the value of his fuit; as the magistrate convinced an old coin, by eating up the figure and him, that however highly lie might rate inscription.

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Most people are masters of a kind of would send in a great hurry for a partilogic, by which they argue their con- cular edition, which he wanted to con. sciences to sleep, andi acquit themselves of sult only for a moment; but when it was domg what is wrong. The country asked for again, he was not home, or he lquire of confirmed h nesty in all other had lent it to another, or he had lost it, re!pects, thinks it very fair to over-reach or he could not find it; and sometimes you in the sale of an horse; and the man he would not scruple to swear, that he of pleasure, who would icorn to pick had himself delivered it into the owner's your pocket, or stop you on the road, hands. He would frequently spoil a set regards it rather as gallantry than baie by stealing a volume, and then purchase nels, to intrigue with your wife or the rest for a trifle. After his death his daugiter. In the same manner the Vir. library was sold by auction; and many iuoja does not look on his thefts as real of his friends were obliged to buy up acts of felony; but while he owns that their own books again at an exorbitant he would take any prins to steal an old price. rusty piece of brais, boasts that you may A thorough-bred Virtuoso will fursafely trust him with untold gold: though mount all scruples of conscience, or enhe would break open your cabinet for a counter any danger to serve his purpose. fhell or a butterfly, he would not attempt Most of them are chiefly attached 10 to force your escritoire or your strong fome particular branch of knowledge; box; nor would he offer the least vio. but I remember one, who was passionlence to your wife or daughter, though ately fond of every part of Virtù. At perhaps he would run away with the one time, when he could find no other little finger of the Venus de Medicis. way of carrying off a medal, he ran the Upon the le principles he proceeds, and risk of being choaked by fwallowing it; lays hold of all opportunities to increase and at another, broke his leg in scaling his collection of rarities: and as Maho- a garden-wall for a tulip-root. But met establithed his religion by the iword, nothing gave him so much trouble and the Connoisseur enlarges his Musæum, difficulty as the taking away pictures and and adds to his store of knowledge, by ancient marbles; which being heavy and fraud and petty larceny.

unwieldy, he often endangered his life If the libraries and cabinets of the to gratify his curiosity. He was once curious were, like the daw in the fable, to locked up all night in the Duke of Tufbe stripped of their borrowed ornaments, cany's gallery, where he took out an we should in many see nothing but hare original painting of Raphael, and dexfhelves and empty drawers. I know troudly placed a copy of it in the frame. a metaliit, who at first set up with little At Venice he turned Roman Catholic, more than a paltry series of Englith and became a Jesuit, in order to get adcoins fince the Reformation, which he mittance into a convent, from whence he had the good luck to pick up at their stole a fine head of Ignatius Loyola; intrinfic value. By a pliant use of his and at Conítantinople he had almost fingers he became icon polfeffed of moft formed the resolution of qualifying him. of the Traders; and by the fame light felt for the Seraglio, that he might find of hand, he, in a short time after, made

means to carry off a picture of the Grand himself matter of great part of the Cæ. Signior's chiet misters. fars. He was once taken up for coin- The general dishonesty of Connciseurs ing; a forge, a crucible, and several dies, is indeed so well known, that the itrietbeing found in his cellar: but he was eit precaution is taken to guard against acquitted, as there was no law which it. 'Medals are secured under lock and mnade it high treason to counterfeit the key, pictures screwed to the walls, and image of a Tiberius or a Nero; and the books chained to the shelves; yet cabicoin, which he imitated, was current

nets, galleries, and libraries, are conti, only among Virtuosos.

nually plundered. Many of the maimI remember another, who piqueded statues at Rome perhaps owe their himself on his collection of scarce edic present ruinous condition to the depretions and original manuscripts, most of dations made on them by Viriunfos: which he had purloined from the libra: the head of Henry the Fifth, in Westries of others. He was continually bor.

minster Abbey, was in all probability sto. rowing books of his acquaintance, with len by a Connoisseur; and I know one & resolution never to return them. He who has at different times pilfered a great

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part of Queen Catherine's Bones, and worthy the consideration of the legislahopes in a little while to be matter of the ture to devise some punishment for these whole skeleton. This gentleman has offenders which should bear some anabeen detected in so many little thefts, logy with their crimes: and as common that he has for several years past heen maicfactors are delivered to the surgeons refused admittance into the Mulæums to be anatomized, I would propose, that of the curious; and, he is lately gone a Connoisseur fhould be made into a abroad with a delign upon the ancient Mummy, and preserved in the hall of Greek manuscripts discovered at Her- the Royal Society, for the terror and culantum.

admiration of his brethren. It may seem surprising, that these

e gen. I Mall conclude this paper with the tlemen thould have been hitherto suffer relation of a circumstance, which fell ed to Icape unpunished for their repeat within my own knowledge when I was ed thefts; and that a Virtugjó, who robs abroad, and in which I declined a gloyou .of an Unic of inestimable value, sious opportunity of signalizing myself Thould even glory in the action, while a as a Connoisseur. While I was at Rome, poor dog, who picks your pocket of a young physician of our party, who was fixpence, thall be lianged for it. What eaten up with Virtù, made a serious proa shocking disgrace would be brought posal to us of breaking into one of the upon Tatte, should we ever see the dying churches by night, and taking away a speech, confession, and behaviour, of a famous piece of painting over the altar. Connoiseur, related in the account of As I had not quite faite enough to malefactors by the ordinary of New- come at once into his scheme, I could gate! Such an accident would doubtless not help objecting to him, that it was a bring the study of Virtù into still more robbery. Poh, lays he, it is a most contempt among the ignorant, when • exquifite picture!'- - Ay, but it is they found that it only brought a man not only a robbery, but facrilege.' to the gallows; as the country fellow, Ob, it is a most charning piece!'-when he saw an attorney stand in the Zounds, doctor, but if we thould be pillory for forgery, hook his head and " taken, we thall all be broke upon the cried Ay, this comes of your writ. 'wheel.' Then,' said he, we sball • ing and reading.' It were perhaps die MARTYRS.'

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No XIX. THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1754.

TOSCENTES VARIO MULTUM DIVERSA PALATO.

HOR .

HOW VERY ILL OUR DIFFERENT TASTES AGREI;
THIS WILL HAVE BEEF, AND THAT A FRICASSE E.

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Have fele&ted the following letters your readers, as the laws of the game,

from a great number, which I have or a list of their bets. These gentlelately been favoured with from an- men, we are told, are no less adepts known correspondents; and as they in the science of eating than of gaming; both relate nearly to the same subject, and as Hoyle has reduced the latter into I Mall without further preface fubmit a new and compleat system, I could them to the public.

with that their cook, (who to be sure is

a Frenchman) would also oblige the SIR,

world by a treatise on the art and myr. WHEN you was got into White's; tery of sauces.

I was in hopes that you would Índeed, Mr." Town, it surprises me, not have confined yourself merely to the that you have so long neglected to make gaming-table, but have given us an ac- some reflections on the Diet of this great count of the entertainment at their ordi- city. Dr. Martin Lister, who was upi. naries. A bill of fare from thence versally allowed to be a great Connoiswould have been full as diverting to seur, and published several learned trea

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