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etsey decoyed him into their service; and You would laugh to fee, how strangehe has fince performed the part of the ly the parts of a play are caft. They Mack Doctor with univerial applause. played Cato; and their Mareia was such Upon his revolt, the Doctor himself an old woman, that when Jula came on found it absolutely necessary to enter of with his — " Hail! charming maid! the company; and having a talent for the fellow could not help laughing. tragedy, has performed with great, fuc- Adorher night I was surprised to hear cess the Apothecary in Romeo and Ju- an eager lover talk of rushing into his Jier.

mistress's arms, rioting on the nectar The performers at our rustic theatre of her lips, and defiring (in the tragedy are far beyond thofe paulury strollers, rapture) to hug her thus, and thus who run about the country, and exhibit · for eyer;' though he always took care in a barn or a cow-house; for (as their to stand at a most ceremonious distance: bills declare) they are a Company of but I was afterwards very much divert. Comedians from the Theatres Royal; ed at the cause of this extraordinary rea and I assure you, they are as much apo {pect, when I was told, that the lady plauded by our country critics, as any laboured under the misfortune of an ulof your capital actors. The shops of cer in her leg, which occalioned such a our tradesmen have been almost desert- disagreeable stench, that the performiers ed, and a crowd of weavers and hard- were obliged to keep her at arm's length. waremen have elbowed each other two The entertainment was Lethe: and the hours before the opening of the doors, part of the Frenchman was performed when the bills have informed us in enor-, by a South Briton; who, as he could mous red letters, that the part of George not pronounce a word of the French Barnwell was to be performed by Mr. language, supplied it's place by gabbling -, at the particular defire of several in his native Welch. ladies of diftinétion. It is true, indeed, The decorations, or (in the theatrical that our principal actors have moit of dialect) the property of our company, them had their education in Covent are as extraordinary as the performers. Garden, or Drury Lane; but they have Othello raves about a checked handkerbeen employed in the business of the chief; the Ghost of Hamlet italks in a drama in a degree but just above a scene. poftilion's leathern-jacket for a coat of thifter. An heroine, to whom your mail; and, in a new pantomime of their managers in town (in envy to her rising own, Cupid enters with a fiddle-cafe merit) scarce allotted the humble part flung over his houlders for a quiver. of a confidante, now blubbers out An- The apothecary of the town is free of dromache or Belvidera; the attendants the house, for lending them a pestle and on a monarch itrut monarchs thein- mortar to serve as the bell in Venice , selves, mutes find their voices, and Preserved; and a barber-surgeon has mellage-bearers rife into heroes. The the same privilege, for furnishing them humour of our best comedian confifts in with basons of blood to besmear the. fhrugs and grimaces; he jokes in a wry daggers in Macbeth. Macbeth himself mouth, and repartees in a grin: in thort, carries a rolling-pin in his hand for a he practises on Congreve and Vanbrugh truncheon; and, as the breaking of all those distortions that gained him so glasses wouid be very expensive, he much applause from the galleries, in the dalhes down a pewter pint pot at the drubs which he was condemned to una fight of Banquo's Ghost. dergo in pantomimes. I was vaftly di- A fray happened here the other night, verted at seeing a fellow in the character which was no small diverfion to the auof Sir Harry Wildair, whose chief ac- dience. It feeins, there had been a great tion was a continual presling together conteit between two of these mimic heof the thumb and fore-finger; which, roes, who was the fittest to play Richard had be lifted them to his nole, I should the Third. One of them was reckoned have thought he designed as an imita- to have the better person, as he was very, tion of taking snuffe but I could easily round Mouldered, and one of his legs account for the cause of this fingular was shorter than the other; but his anFeiture, when I discovered, that Sir tagonist carried the part, because he Harry was no less a person than the dex. Aasted belt in the Teni-scene. However, mous Mr. Clippis the candle-Snuffer. when the curtain drew up, they both

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rushed in upon the stage at once; and they both went through the whole speech, bawling out together * Now are our without stopping. I am, dear coulin, • brows bound with victorious wreaths,' your's, &ca

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No XXIV. THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1754.

ILLE DABIT POPULO, PATRIBUSQUE, EQUITIQUE LIGÖNDUM.

MALT .

BOOKS, THAT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD CAN SHEW,
SUCH AS MIGHT PLLASL A LADY, OR A SLAU.

SIR,

WHO

THEN I consider the absurd taste writer of the following letter, and would

for literature that once pre-, recommend it to all persons of fashion vailed among our persons of distinction, to subscribe to his proposals. I cannot but applaud the reformation which has been since brought about in this article by the polite world: A I Have long observed with infinite reDuke of Newcaitle made himself re

gret the little care that is taken to markable by a Treatise on Horseman. fupply perfons of distinction with prothip; a Rochester supplied the place of per books for their inftru&ion and Ovid in the closets of men of pleasure, amusement. It is no wonder that they and even the ladies of former ages fa. should be so averse to study, when learncrificed to love in Novels and Romances. ing is rendered to disagreeable. ComI will not mention a Shaftesbury, as

mon creatures, indeed, as soon as they our present age has produced a Boling- can spell, may be made to read a duli broke. We of this generation are wiser chapter in the Testament; after which than to suffer our youth of quality to the Whole Duty of Man, or fome other lose their precious time in studying the useless good book, may be put inte belles lettres, while our only care is to their hands; but these can never instruct introduce them into the beau monde.

a man of the world to say fine things to A modern peer, instead of laying down a lady,, or to swear with a good grace. the theory of horfemanship, is perfect in Among a few dirty pedants the knowthe practice, and commences jockey ledge of Greek and Latin may be cut. himself; and our rakes of fashion are tivated; but among fine gentlemen these content with a&ting the scenes which are juftly difcarded for French and Ita? Rochester described. Our ladies are, lian. Why flould persons of quality indeed, very well qualified to publith a trouble themselves about Mathematics recital of amours; and one in particu. and Philosophy, or throw away their bar has already entertained the world time in fcratching circles and triangles with memoirs of her own intrigues, on a flate, and then rubbing them out cuckoldoms and elopements.

again? All the Algebra requilite for I am very glad to find the present them to know, is the combination of age so entirely free froin pedantry: Some figures on the dice; nor could Euclid part of the polite world read, indeed, be of any use to them, except he had but they are so wife as to read only for represented the most graceful attitudes amusement; or at least only to improve in fencing, or drawn out the lines of a themselves in the more modern and minuet. fashionable sciences. A Treatise on In order to remedy these inconveniWhift has more admirers than a System ences, and that the erudition of persons of Logic, and a New Atalantis would of fashion may be as different from the be more universally read than a Practice vulgar knowledge of the reft of mankind of Piety. A fine gentleman or lady as their dress, I have formed a project would no more chuse the mind of a for regulating their Atudies. An old pedant, than the person of a cook-maid crabbed philosopheroncetold a monarchý or a porter. I cannot, therefore, but that there was no Royal way of learning approve of the plan laid down by the the Mathematicsi First, then, as to

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the musty volumes which contain Greek, -By James Maclean, Esqi late Sur. Latin, and the Sciences, (fince there is veyor of the Highways. no genteel method of coming at the know- Effay on Delicacy. By an Ensign of ledge of them) I would banish them en- the Guards. tirely from the polite world, and have The Art of Dissembling. From the them chained down in university li.

French. braries, the only places where they can A New Way to pay Old Debts. Froin be useful or entertaining. Having thus an Original published at Berlin. cleared the shelves of this learned lum- The Spirit of Laws. With Notes on ber, we shall have room to fill thein more the Game-act, the Jew-bill, and the elegantly. To this end, I have col- Bill'for preventing Marriages. lected all fuch books as are proper to Jargon verfus Common Senie. By a be perused by people of quality, and Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. fhall shortly make my scheme public by Universal Arithinetic. Containing Cal. opening an handsome room under the 'culations for laying the Odds at Horse. title of the Polite Circulating. Library, racing, Cocking, Card-playing, '&c. Many of my books are entirely new and Optics, or the Use of Opera-glaffes ; original: all the modern novels, and with the Importance and Benefit of most of the periodical papers, fall To di. Near. fightedness considered. To rectly in with my plan, that they will which is added, a Differtation on the be sure to find a place in my library;

portable Pocket Looking-glays. and if Mr. Town Mews himself an en. The Modern Gymnasium. By Broughcourager of my scheme, I shall expect ton. to fee peers and peeresses take up the pen, Geometry made easy, and adapted to and thine in the CONNOISSEUR, the 'meanest Capacity," · By Nath.'

I intend in the beginning of the winter Hart, Dancing master to Grown to publifh'ıny proposals at lave De Oratore, or the Art of Speaking on

"Gentlemen. the mean time, beg your following specimen of my books to the all Subjects. By Andrew Mac Brod, public,

F. R: H. S. Fellow of the Robin

Hood Society.

A Dissertation on the Miracle of the CATALOGUE OR BOOKS, &c. Five Loaves. By the Baker, Prefi.

dent of the fame Society. Revelation, a Romance

Garrick upon Death ; with an Account The Compleat Cook. Bg Solomon of the several Distortions of the Face, Gundy.

and Writhings of the Body; and parThe Gentleman's Religion. By a Free. * ticular Directions concerning Sighs, thinker.

Groans, Ohs, Ahs, &c. &c. for Differtation on Parties ; or an Eflay' the Use of Young Actors. t.

on Breaking of Eggs. Addressed to The Court Registe!; containing an exthe Big and Little Endians.

act List of all Public Days, Routs, A Defence of Alexander the Copper Assemblies, &c. where and when

fmith against St. Paul. By the late * kept. Lord Botingbroke.

The Englishnjan in Paris. The Practice of Bagnios z or the Mo- The Englifhman returned from Paris. dern Method of Sweating.

The Whole Duty of Woman. “ Dir. The Ladies Difpenfatory: containing posed under the Articles of Vifiting,

the most approved Recipes for Tooth- Cards, Masquerades, Plays, Dress, < powders, Lip-salves, Beautifying Lotions, Almond Pastes, Ointments A Differtation on the Waters of Tunfor Freckles, Poinatums, and Hy- bridge, Cheltenhain, Scarborough, fteric Waters; according to the press and the Bath : Thewing their wonder. fent Practice.

ful Efficacy in removing the Vapours; Description of TAB WORLD's with with Directions how to affilt their the Latitudes of Vauxhall, Ranelagh, Operations by using the Exercise of the Theatres, the Opera-house, &c. Country dancing calculated for the Meridian of St. The Traveller's Guide, or Young No. James's.

bleman's Vade Mecum, Containing A Map of the Roads kading to Tyburn, an exact Lill of the moft eminent

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