« PredošláPokračovať »
lows of spirit were proud to be enrolled errors, and exhorting them to repent. in the list of his companions; but as They might conceive him letting forth, their conftitutions were more puny than in the most pathetic manner, the confehis, three sets of them had dropt into quences of their folly, and declaring to the grave, and left him at the head of them, how convinced he now was of the the fourth. He would often boult of certainty of those doctrines which they the many promising geniules, who had daily ridiculed. Such an apparition fallen in ihe vain attempt of keeping would, indeed, have an effect upon pace with him in various scenes of de common finners: but in all probability bauchery. In this light we may conti a thorough-paced infidel would not be der him as an accessary to so many wan. reclaimed, even though one rose from ton murders. By the operation of his " the dead.' conscience, at every tavern door he might What I have here supposed might have met with an acquaintance to bar his have been the case of one particular repaffage ; and in the midit of his jollity, probate, is in the power of every perlike Macbeth, he might have dashed son to put in practice for himself. Nodown his glass, and imagined that he thing is a furer initance of the goodness saw a departed friend filling the vacant of the Creator, than that delicate in. chair.
ward feeling, so strongly impresed on From the nature of the 'faets, which every reasonable creature. This internal have already been recorded of Tom lense, if duly attended to, and diligentDare-devil, the reader will eally con ly cherished and kept alive, would check cude, that he must have been an the finner in his career, and make him Atheilt. No creature, who believed look back with horror on his crimes. in a Supreme Being, could have acted An ancient is cominended for withing, fo vilely towards bis fellow.creatures. that he had a window in his breait, that Tom was pretident of an abominable every one might see into it: but it is club, who met toçether every Sunday certainly of more consequence to keep night to utter the most horrid blafphe. ourselves free from the reproach of our mies. The members of this most fcan- own hearts, than from the evil opinions dalous fociety must have heard of the of others. We should therefore confia manner of their great tutor's death.- der Conicience as a mirrour, in which Let us imagine, therefore, that they every one may see hiinself reflected, and could figure to themselves his ghost ap- in which every action is represented in pearing to them, warning them of their it's proper colours.
No XXIX. THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 1754.
GAUDENT :CRIBENTES, ET SE VENERANTUR.
FROM SELU EACH SCRIBBLER ADORATION DRAWS,
"HAT there is a vanity inherent of the age. But I am afraid I shall
author muit be confeffed, scarce find another, who will to heartily whatever pains they may take to conceal join in the good opinion I have conit from the reit of mankind. For myceived of myself; and many a choice own part, I readily acknowledge, that I sentiment, many a culled expression, am always wonderfully delighted with which I have repeated to myfelf over my own produétions. 'I fnatch up the and over again with extaly, has by favourite sheets wet from the press, and others perhaps teen as hastily hurried devour every syllable; not the least par- over, as any common article in a news. ticle escapes my notice; and I dwell paper. with admiration on the beauties of an An author, who is ever big with the expressive and or emphatical the. If idea of his own inportance, will gather every reader was to pay the fame atten matter for self flattery from the most tion 10 my works, or peruse them with trivial circumstances. On the mornings half the latisfaction, Mr. Town might of publication I have sometimes made be fairly pronounced the greatest author it my bulinels to go round the coffee
heures, in order to receive whatever Sibyl's leaves, the next moment they incense of praise I could collect from may be thrown alile as no better than a the approbation of my readers. My lait year's almanack. heart you may imagine has bounded Ever since my first appearance in a with joy, when I have heard the roon Meet and haif, I have felt great uneafiecho with calling for the Connoisseur: nefs on account of the rude treatment but how has it sunk again, when I have which my works have been subject to found the fame tokens of esteem shewn in their present form. I turned off my to a brother writer! I could have hugged printer for a very heinous affront offered any honelt fellow, that has chuckled to iny delicacy, having detected some over my performances, and pointed out foul proofs of my first numbers lodged my good things; but I have been no in a very umseemly place; and I almost less chagrined, when I have seen a cox came to an open rupture with my pub. comb coolly take up my paper, squint lisher, because his wife had converted á over the first page, and throw it down supernumerary half-lheet into a threadagain with all the indifference imagin- paper. A laviy, whole fende and beau. able: though, indeed, I have never failed iy I had always admired, fo.feited iný within myself to pronounce of such a esteem at once, by cutting out a pattern person, that he is dull, ignorant, and for a cap from one of my papers; and a illiterate. I once happened to be seated young fellow, who had spoken very in the next box to cwo noted critics, handsomely of one of my effay's, entirewho were looking over the file of my ly lost the good opinion i had conceived papers, and seemned particularly pleased of him, by defiling the blank inargin with several parts of them. I imme- with a filthy list of foul fhirts and dirty diately conceived a very high opinion stockings. The repeated abuses of illiof their taste and judgment: I remarked terate bakers, pastry-cooks, and chanwith fingular satisfaction the effect which dlers, I know I am condemned to suffer my wit and humour had on their coun. in common with other mortal writers, tenances; and as they turned over the It was ever their privilege to prey inpages, I imagined I could point out the discriminately on all authors good or very passages which provoked them fre. bad: and as politicians, wirs, freequently to smile, and sometimes to burit thinkers, and divines, may liave their into a loud laugh. As soon as they dult mingled in the same piece of ground, were gone, I seized the file; when lo! so may their works he jumbled together to my great mortification, I found they in the lining of the same trunk or bandhad been reading, not my own admir- box. able works, but the lucubrations of a One instance may indeed be brought, brother effayift.
in which I am used to hail as a lucky My vanity has often prompted me to omen the dainages that my papers apa wish, that I could accompany my papers pear to have fultained in their outward wheresoever they are circulated. I Aat- form and complexion. With what rapter myself I should then be introduced tures have I traced the progress of my to the politelt men of quality, and ad- fame, while I have contemplated my mitted into the closets of our finest la numbers in the public coffee-houses dies. This consideration would doubt. Atrung upon a file, and swelling gra. less make me vain of myself: but my dually into a little volume! By the appride would be soon checked by reflecta pearance which they make, when thus ing further, that were I obliged to follow collected, I have often judged of the my papers afterwards through all their reception they bave fingly met with travels and mutations, I should certain from their readers: I have considered ly undergo the shame of seeing many of every speck of dirt as a mark of reputhem proitituted to the vileft purposes. tation, and have assumed to myself apIf in one place I might be pleased to plaufe from the spilling of coffee, or the find them the entertainment of the tea print of a greasy thumb. In a word, I table, in another I should be no less look upon each paper, when torn, and vexed to see them degraded to the base jullied by frequent handling, as an old office of sticking up candles. Such is soldier battered in the service, and cothe fatality attending these loose sheets, vered with honourable scars. that though at their firit publication I was led into this train of thought they may be thought as precious as the by an accident which happened to ine
the other evening, as I was walking in As the kite rose into the air, I drew a some fields near the town. As I went flattering parallel between the height of along, my curiosity tempted me to exa- it's flight, and the soaring of my own mine the materials of which several reputation: I imagined myself lifted up paper-kites were made up; from whence on the wings of fame, and like Horace's I had sufficient room to moralize on the swan towering above mortality: I fans ill fate of authors. On one I discovered cied myself borne like a blazing star several pages of a sermon expanded among the clouds, to the admiration of over the surface; on another the wings the gazing multitude. fluttered with love-songs; and a satire on the ministry furnished another with
Via eft, quá me quoque poffint his tallast for the tail. I at length hap- Tollere bumo, viétorque virúm volitare per pened to cart my eye on one taller than the rest, and beheld several of my own
And op he rises like a vapour; darling productions pasted over it. My
Supported high on wings of paper,
He finging fies, and Aying sings, indignation was presently raised, that I
While from below all Grub Street rings. Mould become the play-thing of chil.
and I was even ashamed, that the great name of Town, which stared me While I was indulging this fantastic full in the front, hould be exposed, contemplation of my own excellence, I like the compositions of Dr. Rock on never considered by how slight a thread the wall, to every idle gazer. However, my chimerical importance was supportby a curious turn of thought, I con- ed. The twine broke; and the kite, verted what at first seemed a disgrace, together with my airy dreams of iinmorinto a compliment to my own vanity. tality, dropt to the ground. T
Ne xxx. THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1754.
MULTA VIRI NEQUICQUAM INTER SE VULNERA JACTANT,
THUMPS FOLLOWING THUMPS, AND BLOWS SUCCEEDING BLOWS,
T a time when Peace spreads her • make him extremely black; this con
downy wings over contending na tinued for half a minute, before Slack tions, and when armies (like the harm I could break Pettit's hold; after which less militia) are drawn into the field only for near ten minutes Pettit kept fightto be reviewed, all Europe must un ing and driving hard at Slack, when doubtedly be alarmed to hear of the at length Slack cles'd with his antabloodly batile which has been lately • gonist, and gave him a very severe fought in England. It is a justice due • fall, after that a second and third; to poiterity to preserve a faithful account but between these falls Pettit threw of this inemorable event: I fall there • Slack twice off the stage, and indeed fore let it downl, as I fild it recorded in • Pettit so much dreaded Slack's falls, thotë authentic registers of heroic actions, • that he ran directly at his hams and the news papers, without deviating a tumbled him down, and by that means tittle from the expressive terms in which gave Slack an opportunity of making this extraordinary combat is related. • the falls very ealy. When they had
'been fighting eighteen minutes, the • Harlsion in Norfolk, July 30. Yel • odds ran againit Slack a guinea to a
terday in the afternoon Slack and Pet • Thilling; whereas on first setting out, 'tit in t and fought. Authe firit set. ' it was three or four to one on bis
To, Pettit reizeci Slack by the throat, "head; but after this time Slack SHORT.
and held him up against the rails, ' ENED Pettit so, as to disable hinn from « and GRAIN'D him so much as to • running and throwing him down in
• the manner he had done before, but that law, which has shut up our amphi
obliged him to stand to close fighting; theatres: and I look upon the professors • Slack then closed one of his eyes, and of the noble art of Boxing, as a kind of . beat him very much about the face, disbanded army, for whom we have • Attwenty minutes Pettit grew weaker, made no provision. The mechanics, • Slack stronger ; this was occafioned who at the call of glory left their mean
by Slack's STRAIT way of fight, occupations, are now obliged to have ing. At twenty-two minutes the best recourse to them again; and coachmen judges allowed Slack to have the ad- and barbers resume the whip and the vantage over Pettit very considerably, razor, instead of giving black eyes and ' as he was then recovering his WIND, cross-buttocks. I know a veteran that . which was owing to GAME: when has often won the whole house, who is they had boxed twenty-four minutes, reduced, like Belisarius, to spread his
Pettit threw Slack again over the rails. palm in begging for an halfpenny. Some • This indeed Slack luffered him to do, have been forced to exercise their art in ' as by that means he FIXED A BLOW knocking down passengers in dark alleys "Under Pettit's RIBS, that hurt and corners; while others have learned
him much. Whilit Slack was again to open their fists and ply their fingers • getting upon the stage, (it was not in picking pockets. Buckhorse, whole
half a minute before he was remount knuckles had been used to indent many ed) Pertit had so much the fear of his a bruise, now clenches them only to
antagonist before his eyes, that he grasp a link; and Broughton employs 6 walked off without so much as civilly the muscles of his brawny arm in squeeze
taking leave of the spectators, or fay- ing a lemon or drawing a cork. His ing any thing to any person. This amphitheatre itself is converted into a
the Cockers call roGUING of it; for Methodist meeting. house: and perhaps 'it is generalily thought, that Pettit (as laymen there are admitted into the ran away full strong. The whole pulpit) those very fifts, which so lately
time of their fighting was twenty-five dealt such hearty bangs upon the stage, ' minutes; and this morning the BAT are now with equal vehemence thump
TLE was given to Slack, who drew ing the cushion. the firit ten guineas out of the box. The dextrous use of the fift is a truly "Thus ended this dreadful combat,' British exercise : and the sturdy English
have been as much renowned for their Every man, who has the honour of Boxing as their Beef; both which are by the Britith fist at heart, must look with no means suited to the watery stomaclis admiration on the bottom, the wind, and weak finews of their enemies the the game, of this invincible champion French. To this nutriment and this SLACK. How muft they applaud his art is owing that long established address in fighting Arait ; and with maxim, that one Englishman can beat what detestation must they look upon three Frenchinen. A Frenchman, who his daftard antagonist, who could lo piddles on a fricaffee of frogs, can famefully rogue it! Captain Godfrey, no more encounter with an Englishthe sublime historian of these hardy he man, who feeds upon beef, than the roes, would have exclaimed on this oc- frog in the fable could swell her little cation- Hail, mighty Slack, thou pride body to the fize of an ox: and from of the butchers! Let the fhambles hence we may conclude, on the prin
echo with thy praise, and let marrow- ciples of philofophy, that the elastic ' bones and cleavers proclaim thy glo- spring, which darts from the knuckles
ricus triumph. What was that half- of an Englishman, falls into the heels of • bred bruiser Milo, who is celebrated a Frenchman. One of my correspond.
by the ancients for knocking down an ents has already remonstrated against the
ox, to cut out the hide into thongs for degeneracy of the present times in our . his Cestus? Every petty Naughterman Thameful neglect of that support of our • of Clare Market can perform greater national strength, Old English Roalt
fears: but thou with resistless arm haft Beef. Indeed, we can never hope, that not only knocked down oxen, but any of our modern heroes would at.. * made the Aturdy race of barbers, cob- tempt to fix a blow under the ribs, when Jers, and watermen, fall before thee.' they are afraid of plunging a knife into I cannot but lament the cruelty of a surloin: and I will venture to prophe. .
fy, that when the times come, that fur. masquerades is hardly to be regretted, loins are no more brought upon the as they wanted the most essential parts table, we shall not be able to produce of their entertainments, the E O table. one Englishman who can knock down To this polite spirit of garing, whicla
has diffused itself through all the faOur present race of spindle. Thanked fhionable world, is owing the vast encoubeaux had rather close with an orange- ragement that is given to the Tusf; and wench at the playhouse, than engage in horse-races are esteemed only as they a bye-battle at Tottenham Court. It afford occasion for making a bet. The is therefore no wonder that they Nould same spirit likewise draws the knowing object to this manly practice, for which ones together in a Cock-pit; and cucks they are so ill fitted. How can we ima are refcued from the dunghill, and gine that they could stand against the armed with gaffles, to furnish a new buffets of a bruiser, when they might species of gaming. For this reason, almost be patted down with the fan of among others, I cannot but regret the a lady? An attempt was once made loss of our elegant amusements in Ox. by Broughton to bring this study into ford Road and Tottenham Court. A vogue, hy establishing a school for Box- great part of the spectators used to be ing, in which he was himself to be the deeply intercfed in what was doing on Jedturer. He invited the young gentle. the itage; and were as earnest to make men of the army, and all other men of an advantage of the issue of the battle, fpirit, to engage under his directions; as the champions themselves to draw the and promised to arm their feeble wrists largest sum from the box. The am. with muflers, so that nothing might be phitheatre was at once a school for boxapprehended by the softest head or ten ing and gaming. Many thousands have dereft skin. A few, indeed, were hardy depended upon a match; the odds have enough to try a fall with him: but most often risen at a black eye; a large bet of our young
fellows gave up the gaunt has been occasioned by a cross-buttock : let for scented gloves ; and loathing the and while the house has resounded with mutton fists of vulgar carmen and portthe lusty bangs of the combatants, it has ers, they rather chose to hang their at the same time echoed with the cries hands in a fling, to make them white of five to one, fix 10 one, ten to one. and delicate as a lady's. I cannot but The loss of this branch of gaming is regret, that this design was not generally a public calamity : and I doubt not but encouraged, as it might perhaps have the gentlemen at White's, and all others abolished almost the only use that is at whom it concerns, will use their utmost present made of the sword; and men of endeavours to restore it. The many honour, inftead of tilting at each other, plates given all over the kingdom have might have had fatisfaction in a tight undoubtedly improved our breed of fer-to behind Montague House. horses; and if the diversion of Boxing
The amulement of Boxing, I must was to meet with equal encouragement, confess, is more immediately calculated we should certainly have a more ftout for the vulgar, who can have no relish and hardy race of bruisers. It might for the more refined pleasures of whist perhaps become a fashion for gentlemen, and the hazard-table. Men of fashion who were fond of the sport, to keep have found out a more genteel employ- champions in training, put them in ment for their hands, in Thuffling a pack sweats, diet them, and breed up the huof cards and shaking the dice: and, man species with the same care as they indeed, it will appear upon a ftri&t ré- do cocks and horses. In course of time view, that most of our fashionable diver- this branch of gaming, like all others, fions are nothing else but different would doubtless be reduced to a science; branches of gaming. What lady would and Broughton, inimitation of that great be able-to boast a rout at her house, genius Hoyle, miglit oblige the public consisting of three or four hundred per- with a Treatise on the Fift
, and Calcu. sons, if they were not to be drawn to lations for laying the Odds at any gether by the charms of playing a rub. Match of Boxing. ber? and the prohibition of our jubilee