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was said by an old philosopher, must lay drums with the air of a philosophere at the bottom of a tankard of porter. The writings of different authors have
There is no grace, or 'excellence in been compared to wines: but the oracratory, but is displayed in the Robin tions delivered here can be resembled to Hood Society to the greatest advantage. nothing so properly as the liquors of Demosthenes being asked what was the the Society; for while they are at once firit quality in an orator, replied - Ac- so weighty and so sharp, they seem to tion; what the second-Action; what be an equal mixture ot porter and le. the third-Action. Upon this principle monade. one of the members, for whom I have It would be endless to enumerate the a vast respect, is the greatelt orator that advantages resulting from this society. ever lived. He never troubles himself The wonderful improvement it has alabout the order or substance of what he ready made in our mechanics is very delivers, but waves his hand, tosses his evident: it calls off our tradelinen froin head, abounds in several new and beau. the practice of honesty in their common tiful geitures, and from the beginning dealings, and sets them upon engairies of his speech to the end of it, takes no concerning right and wrong, and the care but to set it off with action. Tully moral fitness of things. The Spectator tells us, that it is the business of an ora- has told us of the rhetoric of a toyman; for to prove, delight, and convince.' but you, Mr. Town, might acquaint Proof and conviction our Society is al. pofterity of the eloquence of bakers, ways sure to give us: for else how could barbers, carpenters, and blacksmiths: it ever come to pass, that so many young you may every day hear discourses on men should have learned from these dit- religion from the topboard, and requisitions, that there is no God, that the searches into philofophy from behind foul is mortal, that religion is a jet, the counter. When you took rotice of and many other truths, which they would the want of learning in our people of otherwise never have discovered? The quality, you ought in justice to have nature of their questions is also for the acknowledged the amazing erudition of molt part fo entertaining, that the dir- our tradesmen. The plebeians of Rome putes about them cannot fail of giving were mere brutes to our common people; delight; and there is a peculiarity in the and I am of opinion, that the public oratory of the place, which greatly con- room under that in which this weekly duces to that end. The speakers do not meeting is held, instead of being furalways think themselves obliged to drive nished with the busts of our English in the dull direct road to the point, but poets, should be adorned with the heads indulge themselves in a larger scope, of the learned shoemakers, tailow. that allows room for novelty and en- chandlers, bakers, &c. that constitute tertainment. When the question has this excellent Society, been concerning the veracity of the We may venture to say, that the Bible, I have known a gentleman get Royal Society and the Robin Hood are up, and beginning with William the the two greatelt ornaments of this naConqueror, give the audience an ab- tion: and as the former now and then firact of as many reigns as his five mi- gives us an account of their transactions, nutes would allow him to dispatch. I it were to be wished, that the fellows of lately remember the question to have the latter would also from time to time been, 'Whether a bridge from Black oblige us with an hiltory of their pro• Friars to Southwark would be of pub. ceedings. We should then see by what • lic benefit;' when a facetious gentle means so many profelytes have been man employed himself in demonstrating made from bigotry and superstition; hy the great utility of the bridge of the nose, what degrees a young difputant from a and the bridge of a fiddle. In a word, raw Christian ripens into a Deist, from a cur crators are at once serious and co. Deilt into a Free-thinker, and from a mical; and they make gravity and mirch Free-thinker, (by a very short step) into almost constantly attend each other, like an Atheist. We should alio know the their own Robin Hood and Little John. effect that the disputations at this weekThe folidity, and at the same time the ly meeting have upon our lives and consmarinels of their speeches, are equally versations; and from thence judge how remarkable. They pun with a grave much a design of this nature deserves face, and make quibbles and conun. public encouragement. I have here
lung flung together a Mort account of some at last died a martyr to these principles, of the former members; and upon a re- and now hangs on a gibbet on Hountlow view of it cannot but lament, that it Heath, seems to be the peculiar fate of great JOHN DISMAL, after having argued erators, such as Demoithenes and Tully one night against the being of a God, for example, to come to an unhappy end. and the imınortality of the soul, went
home, and was found the next morning Mar. Prig, a Merchant's Clerk, hanging in his garters. was converted from Christianity by the THOMAS BROADCLOTH, Citizen arguments which were brought againft and Mercer, was very much admired Revelation.
for his speeches upon trade. After ho AARON Ben SADDAI was convert- had been in business for two years, he ed from the Jewith Faith by the argu- became bankrupt, and was indicted for ments brought against Moses and the felony in fecreting his effects. Patriarchs.
Richard GOOSEQUIL, Attorney WilL. POSITIVE was a strong Fa- at Law, was remarkable for his patritalist, and at the same time a vehement otism and the love of his country. He advocate for man's free-will. At last was convicted of bribery and corruption he gave a proof of his free-agency by at a late election, in which he was emShooting himself through the head. ployed as an agent.
JACK WILDFIRE was convinced of JEREMY CRISPIN, Cordwainer, used the innocence of fornication, used to constantly to attend the club for editi. declaim against the absurd inftitution of cation, though he was forced from time matriinony, and at twenty-six died a to time to pawn his own and his wife's batchelor in the Lock Hospital, cloaths to raise the weekly fixpence for
SOLOMON SQUARE itood up for the his admittance.. In the space of three religion of nature, and the immutable years he had been a Papiit, a Quaker, rule of right and wrong, in preference an Anabaptist, a Jew, an Arian, a Soto the laws of the community. How. cinian, a Mahometan, a Methodift, a ever, he was unfortunately detected in Deist, and an Atheift. His wife and an attempt to carry off a silver tankard four children have been sent to the from the bar of the house, and was sent work house. He is at prelent confined to propagate morality in foreign parts. in Bedlam, and calls himself the Prefi.
BOB Booty was a ftri& Hobbian, dent of the Robin Hood Society. I ain, and maintained that men were in a na- Sir, your humble servant, &c. tural ftate of war with each other. He
NON SIC INCERTO MUTANTUR FLAMINE SYRTES,,
Have somewhere seen a picture, re
of their cloaths as with anv tolerable presenting a man and woman of decency can be thrown ofi, and may be every nation in the world, dresfed ac
faid (like the Indian) to be all face: the cording to the mode of their respective neck and botom are laid bare, and difcountries. I could not help reflecting entangled from the invidious veil of an at the time, that the fashions whică handkerchief; the stays are funk half prevail in England for the space of a
way down the waist, and the petiicoat century, would enable any of our painters has risen in the fame proportion frous to fill a piece with as great a variety of the ancie. Nor is the lover only cap habits; and that an Englishman or Eng. tivated by the naked charms wh ch lith woman, in one part of it, would be
meet his fight before; but our ladies Da more like an Englif
nan or Enge like the Parthians, have also learned lish woman in the other, than a French the art of wounding from hbind, man resembles a Chinese. Very extra
attract our attention no lets by lavins ordinary revolutions have already hap- their shoulders open to the view; wicz pened in the habits of this kingdom; (as a youn a physician of my acquain and as dress is subject to unaccountable
ance once obferved), makes them loo's -> changes, pofterity may perhaps fee with if they were prepued to receive a biitics out surprise our ladies ftrut about in A naked laty is no longer the adrisa breeches, while our nen waddle in hoop- tion only of a masquerade: every > petticoats.
lic assembly will furnith us wiin l. 1.1 In the days of Queen Elizabeth, it genias undrest for the sacrifice; z was the fafiion for the ladies to conceal the next summer should happen! and wrap up as much of their bodies as
an hot one, our ladies will sert! they could: their necks were encom.
prove on the thin verture in passed with a broad ruff, which like. virgins, and appear any wile spread itself over their bosoms; and but a gauze thade ar: 1 their fleeves were continued down and If the men should take: faitened close to their wrists, while only the other fex, and b ? their feet were allowed just to peep from turn, I trerable to : beneath the modest fardingale; so that the confequeret: nothing was exposed to the impertinent proportion with cye of man but their faces. Our mo
foon expe? dern ladies have run into the contrary like the I! extreme, and appear like so many rope
It w!, dancers; they have discarded as much revoli
part of the female dress within these few queue, (like those formerly worn by the years. The hoop has been known to
men, and Mill retaining the original expand and contract itself from the size name of Ramillies) which, if it were of a butter churn to the circumference not reverted upwards, would make us of three hogtheads: at one time it was imagine that our fine ladies were afflicte floped from the wait in a pyramidical ed with the Plica Polonica. foim; at another it was bent upwards If the caps have pafled through many like an inverted bow, by which the two metamorphoses, no less a change has angles, when squeezed up on each side; been brought about in the other covercame in contact with the ears. At pre- ings contrived for the head. The die fent it is nearly of an oval form, and minutive high-crowned hat, the bonnet, scarce meafures from end to end above the hive, and the milk-maid's chip hat, twice the length of the wearer. The were rescued for a time from old womea hoop has, indeed, lo!t much of it's cre- and servant girls, to adorn heads of the dit in the female world, and has suffered first fashion. Nor was the method of much from the innovation of short sacks cocking hats less fluctuating, till they and negligés; which, it must be con- were at length settled to the present fessed, are equally becoming to the lady mode; by which it is ordered, that every of pleature and the lady of quality: for hat, whether of itraw or Gilk, whether as the men will agree, ihat next to no of the chambermaid or mistress, mull cloaths at all, nothing is more ravishing have their flaps turned up perpendicu. than an ealy deshabille, our ladies for larly both before and behind. If the that reaton, erhaps, come into public end of a fine lady's dress was not rather places as if they were just got out of ornamental than useful, we should think bed, or as if they were ready to go into it a little odd, that hats, which feem it. This, while it is the fashion, must naturally intended to screen their faces, be agreeable; but I muit own, that I from the heat or feverity of the weather, could sooner approve of their encircling should be moulded into a shape that themselves in so many ells of whale- prevents their answering either of these bone, than to see them affect to appear purposes : but we must, indeed, allow with their cloaths huddled on so lootely it to be highly ornamental, as ihe preand indecently. This manner of dreifa sent hats worn by the women are more ing, or rather not dressing, was brought bold and impudent than the broadfrom Paris : but I would have my fair brimmed staring Kevenhullers worn a readers consider, that as this loose me few years ago by the inen. These hats thod of dress is calculated to hide any are also decorated with two waving pendefects in the body, it is very impolitic dants of ribband, hanging down from 10 suffer ail that symmetry and elegant the brim on the left fide. I am not so turn of hape they are miitrefits of, to much offended at the flaming air which be smothered under it; since these habits these streamers carry with them, as I can be of no more service to their per. am afraid left it should spoil the charmsons, than paint (that other Paris com, ing eyes of my pretty countrywomen, modity) can add to the natural red and which are constantly provoked to cast a white of their complexion, though per- glance at them; and I lrave myself often haps it may heighten the fallow visages observed an obliging ogle or ravithing of the French.
leer intercepted by these mediums; la But of all the branches of female that, when a lady has intended to charm drels, no one has undergone more al. her lover, she has shocked him with an terations than that of the head. The hideous squint. long lapsets, the horse-hoe cap, the The ladies have long been severely Bruffels head, and the prudish mob rallied on their too' great attention to pinned under the chin, have all of them finery: but, to own the truth, dress had their day. The prelent mode has seems at present to be as much the study rooted out all these superfluous excref- of the male part of the world as the cences, and in the room of a Dip of female. We have gentlemen, whe cambrick or lace, has planted a whim. 'will lay a whole night' (as Benedick fical sprig of spangles or artificial flow. says) · carving the fashion of a new rets. “We may remember, when for a doubler.' They have their toilettes while the hair was tor:urert into ringlets too, as well as the ladies, set out with chind: at present it is braided into a watesa perfumes, and cosmetics; and will spend the whole morning in scent- this consequence of his amours, that he ing their linen, dressing their hair, and might be rid of the girl for ever, put her: arching their eyebrows. Their heads into the hands of a friend, who was (as well as the ladies) have undergone going abroad, to place her in a nunvarious mutations, and have worn as nery: but the girl, who had very little many different kinds of wigs, as the of the veital in her disposition, conblock at their barber's. About fifty trived to escape from her conductor, and years ago they buried their heads in a flew to Paris. There her beauty and buch of hair; and the beaux (as Swift spright iness foon procured her many Says) lay hid beneath the penthouse friends; and she opened a genteel shop
of a full-bottomed periwig.' Bat as in her mother's business. She foon they then shewed nothing but the nose, made herself remarkable for contriving mouth, and eyes, the fine gentlemen the most elegant head-dresies, and cute of our time not only oblige us with their ting out ruffles with the most ravishing full faces, but have drawn back the flope: her fancy was besides to inexo side curls quite to the tip of the ear. haustible, chat the alınost every day pro
As France appears to be the ward- duced a great variety of new and beau. robe of the world, I shall conclude my tiful patterns. She had muy adorers, paper with a piece of secret history, and at last niarried bis Moit Christian which gives us some insight into the Maiety's taylor. This alliance brought origin of deriving all our fashions from the dress of all Paris under their jurifthence. The celebrated Lord Fopping- diction; and the young lady, out of a ton, among his dtber amours, had once natural love to her native country, proan intrigue with a milliner of Covent posed the extending their care to the fine Garden, who after some time brought a gentlemen and ladies of London. In lovely girl into the world, and called pursuance of this, Monsieur her huse her after his lordship's surname, Fa- band, two or three times in the year, fhion. The milliner brought up the tranfinits a suit of cloaths entirely à la child in her own house till the age of Paris as a pattern to Messieurs Regnier fifteen, at which time she grew very and Lynch, of Leicester Fields and Pall preising with Lord Foppington to make Mall, while the wife fends over a little fome provision for his daughter. My wooden Malemo felie to her relations lord, who was never much pleased with in Tavistock Street,
No XXXVII. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1754.
EJA! SUD ABIS SATIS, SI CUM ILLO INCÆPTAS HOMINE: EA ELOQUENTIA EST! TER. JY MY TROTH, YOU WILL SWEAT FOR IT, IF YOU ONCE BEGIN WITH THIS
MAN; HE HAS SUCH AMAZING ELOQUENCE. Correspondent writes to me, that I have, indeed, observed with a good Speaking in the theatre, as allocel brated late discontinued to oblige the public the practice of it in the Robin Hood with his Sunday evening lectures as Society, my remarks will not be com. ufal. Initead of seeing his Oratorypleat, except I take notice of the ex- chapel fhut up, I was in hopes that traordinary eloquence of the Clare every parish-church in the kingdam Market Orator. He defires me to re- would be opened on the same principles. member, that this univerfal genius has How much more salutary were his tefrom time to time declared from his nets, fet:ing forth the fufficiency of roftrum, with a thundering elocution reaion, than the cold doctr ne of our That there is hụt one orator in the world, clergy preaching up the necesirv of taith! and he is the man-hat Sir Robert H,w fuperior was his form of prayer Walpole, and all the great men in the to our whole liturgy, and how much king.lom, have been his scholars--and better adapted to particular occalisas! that bishops have come to his oratory to - A Prayer for a finking bidge! fearn to preach,
"Prayer for the White Role! Piaver