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rosity. It is true, he sometimes inter- the gate of an hovel, but of a magnifi. jupted the conversation with a righ, and cent palace! When I cast my eyes upon talked pathetically of neglected merit; all the sumptuous elegance which every ftill I could perceive a serenity in his where prelented upon entering, and then

countenance that, upon a closer inspec- when I looked at my seeming miferable • tion, bespoke inward content.

conductor,' I could scarce think that all Upon a paule in the conversation I this tinery belonged to him; yet in fact was going to take my leave, when he it did. Numerous feryants ran through begged I would favour him with my the apartments with silent assiduity; le, company home to supper. I was sur- veral ladies of beauty, and magnificentprized at such a demand from a person ly dreiled, came to welcome his return; of his appearance, but willing to in. a noit elegant supper was providel; in dulge curiosity, I accepted his invita- fhort, I found the perfon, whom a little tion; and though I felt some reprg. before I had sincerely pitied, to be in nance at being leen with one who ap- reality a most refined epicure;.' one feared so very wretched, went along who courted contempt abroad, in or. with feeming alacrity,

der to feel with keener gust the pleaStill, as he approached nearer home, • sure of pre-eminence at home.' his good humour proportionably seemed

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ow often have we admired the forward, without scarce any effort of

If a lady stands, ftrength of thinking, that delicacy of fomething very good may be said upon imagination, even beyond the efforts of that; if the happens to fall, with the the Chinese themselves! How were we help of a little fashionable Pruriency, enraptured with thote bold higures which there are forty fly things ready on the fent every sentiment with force to the occasion. But a prurient jest has always heart! How have we spent whole days been found to give moit pleasure to a together in learning those arts by which few old genilemen, who, being in some European writers got within the pas. measure dend to other tentations, feel fions, and led the reader as if by en- the force of the allusion with double chantment!

violence on the organs of risibility. But though we have learned most of An author who writes in this manner the rhetorical figures of the lait age, yet is generally fure, therefore, of having there seems to be one or two of great use the very old and the impotent among his here, which have not yet travelled to admirers; for theie he may properly te China. The figures I mean are called said to write, and from thefe he ought Bawdy and Pertness; none are more to expect his reward, bis works buing fashionable; none to fure of admirers : often a very proper fuccedaneum to cana they are of such a nature, that the merett tharides, or an affafærida pill. His Glockhead, by a proper use of them, pen Mould be considered in the fame fall have the reputation of a wit; they light as the squirt of an aporhecary,. lie level in the meanest capacities, and both being directed at the same generous address those paflions which all have, or end. would be aflamed to disown.

But though this manner of writing It has been observed, and I believe be perfectly adapted to the talte of genwith fome truth, that it is very difficult tlemen and ladies of fashion here, yet for a dunce to obtain the reputation of Atill it deferves greater praise in being a wit; yet, by the assistance of the figure equally suited to the most vulgar appreBawdy, this may be easily effected, and hensions. The very ladies and gentle. a bawdy blockhead often passes for a men of Benin, or Caffiaria, are in this fellow of smart parts and pretensions. relpect tolerably polite, and might achith Every object in nature helps the jokes a prurient joke of this kind with critical

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propriety; probably, too, with higher I creature alive. It is impoffible to read gust, as they wear neither breeches nor • his things and live. Was there ever petticoats to intercept the application. any thing fo natural and pretty, as

It is certain, I never could have ex- ' when the Squire and Bridget meet in the pected the ladies here, biased as they " cellar? And then the difficulties they are by e:lucation, capable at once of • both find in broaching the beer-barrel bravely throwing off their prejudices, ' are fo arch and to ingenious! We have ard not only applauding books in which • certainly nothing of this kind in the this figure makes the only merit, but • language. eren adopting it in their own convería- In this manner they spoke then, and tion. Yet, to it is; the pretty inno- in this manner they speak now; for cents now cariy those books openly in though the fucceffor of Durfey does not their hands, which formerly were hid excel lim in wit, the world muit conunder the cushion; they now lify their fefs he out does him in obscenity. double meanings with so much grace, There are feveral very dull fellow's, and talk over the raptures they beltow who, by a few mechanical helps, somewith such litile reserve, that I am fome- times learn to become extremely brilrimes ruminded of a cuitom among the liant and plealing, with a litile dexteentertainers in China, who think it a rity in the management of the eyepiece of necesary breeling to whiet the brows, fiuigers, and nose. By imitatappetites of their guess, by letting them ing a cat, a low and pigs ; by a loud fmell dinner in the kitchen before it is laugh, and a flap on the thoulder, the Terved up to table.

moit ignorart are furnished out for conThe veneration we have for many versation. But the writer finds it imthings, entirely proceeds from their be possible to throw his winks, his shrugs, ing carefully concealed. Were the ido- or his attitudes, upon paper; he may latrous Tartar permitted to lift the veil borrow fome assistance, indeed, hy priniwhich keeps his idol from view, it mighting his face at the title-page ; but withbe a certain method to cure his future out wit to pats for a man of ingenuity, fuperitition : with what a noble spirit of no other mechanical help but downright freedom, therefore, muit that writer be obscenity will fuffice. By, speaking to pofTefTeil, who bravely paints things is some peculiar sensations, we are always they are, who lifts the veil of modefty, Ture of exciting laughter, for the jeft who displays the most hidden recefles of does not lie in the writer, but in the the temple, and thews the erring people subiect. that the object of their vows is either But Bawery is often helped on by perhaps a mouse, or a monkey! another figure, called Pertness; and

Hoivever, though this figure be at few, indeed, are found to excel in one, present fo inuch in fashion; though the that are nul policiled of the cther. profeflors of it are fo much carefied by As in common conversation, the belt the great, those perfect judges of lite- way to make the audience laugh, is by rary excellence; yet it is confessed to be firit laughing yourself; fo in writing, only a revival of what was once-fashion- the properest manner is to new an ac. able here before. There was a time, teinpt at humour, which will pass upon when by this very manner of writing, the molt for humour in reality. "To effect gentle Tom Durfey, as I read in Eng- this, readers must be treated with the lish authors, acquired his great reputa- most perfect familiarity: in one page the tion, and became the favourite of a author is to make them a low bow, and king.

in the next to pull them by the note: The works of this original genius, he mult talk in rieldies, and then send though they never travelled abroad to them to bell in order to dream for the China, ani icrrce have reached poituity folution. He must speak of himself and at home, were once found upon every his chapters, and his manner, and what fashionable toilet, and made the subject he would be at, and his own impori. of polite, I mean very polite, conversa. ance, and his mother's iniportance, with tion. · Pas your Grace seen Mr. Dur. the inott unpilying prelixity: now and • fev's lacnew thing, the Oylet Hole? then tellifying his contempt for all but

A molt facetio's piece! Sure, my himself, finiling without a jest, and " Lord, all the world inult have feen it; without wit pofleffing vivacity. Adieu. Durfey is certainly the most comical

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THOUGH naturally pensive, yet looks were pale, thin, and sharp; round

I am fond of gay company, and his neck he wore a broad black ribband, take every opportunity of this dismist- and in his bosom a buckle stu:ided with ing the mind from duty. From this glass; his coat was trimmed with tarmotive I am often found in the centre nished twist; he wore by his fide a sword of a crowd ; and wherever pleasure is to with a black hilt, and his stockings of be fold, am always a purchaser. In lilk, though newly washed, were grown those places, without being remarked yellow by long service. I was fo much by any, I join in whatever goes for- engaged with the peculiarity of his dress, wird, work my passions into a fimili- that I attended only to the latter part

of tude of frivolous earneftness, shout as my friend's reply, in which he complia they thout, and condemn as they hap- mented Mir. Tibbs on the taite of his pen to disapprove. A mind thus funk cloaths, anri the bloom in his counte. for a while below it's natural itandard,

• Piha, píha, Will!' cried che is qualified for stronger fights, as those figure, no more of that if you love firit retire who would spring forward me; you know I hate flattery, on ny with greater vigour.

' foul I do; and yet, to be fure, an in. Attracted by the ferenity of the even- timacy with the great will improve ing, my friend and I lately went to onc's appearance, and a course of vegàze upon the company in one of the • nifon will faiten ; and yet, faith, I den public walks near the city. Here we spise the great as much as you do ; but fauntered together for fome time, either there are a great many damın'd honeit prailing the beauty of such as were hand- fellows ainong them; and we muit fome, or the dresses of such as had no. not quarrel with one half, because the thing else to recommend them. We other wants weeding. If they were had gone thus deliberately forward for " all fuch as my Lord Mudler, one of fome time, when Itopping on a ludilen, the most good-nzuured creatures that my friend caught me by the elbow, and ever sque-zte a lerron, I hould myleid ine out of the public walk; I ' self be among the number of their al. could perceive by the quickness of his (mirers. I was vesterday to dine ar pice, and his frequently looking be- • the Dutchess of Piccadilly's; my lord hind, that he was attempting to avoid was there.

" Ned," says be to me, fumebody who followed; we now turn- " Ned,” says 12, “ I'll hold gold to ed to the right, then to the left; as we " Gilver I can tell where you were went forward he still went faster, but in poaching left night."-" Poackins, vain; the person whom he attempted to my lord,” fays I; “ faith you have escape, hunted us through every doub. “ milled already; for I ítaid at hone, ling, and gained upon us each moment; " and let the girls poach for me. so that at last we fairly ftood ftill, re- “ That's my way; I take a fine wonin solving to face what we could not as fome animals do their prey ; ftand avoid.

“ ftill, and swoop, they fall into my Our pursiver foon came up, and join- " mouth.' ed us with all the familiarity of an old • Ah, Tibbs, thou art an happy fel. acquaintance. My dear Drybone,' • low,' crie i my companion, with looks cries he, making my friend's hand, of infinite pity; ' I hope your fortune • wliere have you been hiding this half " is as much improved as your undera eentury? Pofitively I had fancied

• Randing in fuch company?'- Im. you were gone down to cultivate ma. • proved ! replied the other; ' you shall .trimony and your eltate in the coun. • know but let it go no further--a

try. During the reply, I had an op. great leotiive hundred a year to portunity of surveying the appearince begin with.-My lord's word of hoof our new companion; his hat was nour for it.-His lordhip took me pinched up with peculiar finartness; his down in his own chariot yesterdiy,

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" and we had a tete-a-tete dinner in the my friend,' is not less extraordinary

country; where we talked of nothing • than his conduct. If you meet him • elfe,'- I fancy you forget, Sir, ' this day, you find him in rags; if the cried I, you

told us but this moment next, in embroidery. With those perof your dining yetterday in town!'- • sons of distinction, of whom he talks - Did I say fo?' replied he, coolly ; '' fo familiarly, he has scarce a coffee

to be sure, if I faid so, it was som ' house acquaintance. However, both • Dined in tovin! Egzd, now I do re- • for interests of fociety, and perhaps ' member, I did due in town ; but I din- ' for his own, Herven has made him • ed in the country toc; for you muit poor; and while all the world perceive • know, my boys, I cat two dinners. • his wants, he fancies their concealed • By the býe, I am grown as nice as from everv eye. An agreeable come the devil in my eating, I'll tell you panion, because he understands flat' a pleatant affair, about that: We were tery; and all must be pleased with the

a lelect party of us to dine at Lady firit part of his conversation, though • Grogram's, affected piece, but let ' all are fure of it's ending with a de• it go no further; a secret. Well, there ' mand on their purse. While his youth happened to he no affafotida in the

countenances the levity of his conduet, • favice to a turkey; upon which, says ' he may thus earn a precarious subfitt• 1, “ P'll hold a thousand guineas, and ence; but when age comes on, the “ fay done first, that But, dear ' gravity of which is incompatible with

Dry bone, you are an honeft creature, buffoonery, then will he find himfelf • lenú me half-a-crown for a minute or forsaken by all. Condemned, in the "two, or so, 'utt tillBut, harkee, • decline of life, to hang upon fome rich • ask me for it the next time we meet, • family whom he once defpised, there

or it may be twenty to one but I for- to undergo all the ingenuity of studied get to pay you."

• contempt, to be employed only as a When he left us, our conversation fpy upon the servants, or a bugbear naturally turned upon so extraordinary to fright the children into obedience.' a character. • His very drels,' cries

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? new acquaintance whom it will be book, seeming to take memorandums no ealy matter to shake off. My little before all the company, with inuch im. beau yesterday overtook me again in one portance and assiduity. In this manof the public walks, and Mapping me ner he led me through the length of the on the thoukler, faluted me with an air whole walk, fretting at his absurdities, of the most perfect familiarity. His and fancying myself laughed at not less dress was the same as usual, except that than him by every speciator. he had more powder in his hair, wore a When we were got to the end of our dirter (hirt, pair of temple spectacles, proceflion-- Blast me!' cries he, with and his hat under his arm.

an air of vivacity, 'I never saw the Park As I knew biin to be an harmless • so thin in my life before, there's no amuling liitle thing, I could not return company at all to-day. Not a single his imiles with any degree of leverity;

• face to be seen.'-'No company!' in. fu we walked fors ard on terms of the terrupted I, peevishly; no company utmost intimacy, and in a sew minutes I where there is such a crowd? why, discuffed all the usual topics preliminary 'man, there's too much. What are to particular conversation.

• the thousands that have heen laughing The oddities that marked his cha. • atus hutcompany?'>Lard, my dear, racter, however, icon began to appear; returned he, with the utmost good hu. he bowed to feveral well-dressed persons, mour, . you leem iminensely chag ined; who, by their manner of returning the 'but, blast me, when the world laughs compliment, appeared perfect ftrangers. at me, I laugh at all the world, and

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Squash, the Creolian, and I, fome- till we came to what he was faceriously y times inake a party 'at being rilicu. plealed to call the first fivor down the 6 lous; and so we lay and do a thousand chimney; and knocking at the door, • things for the joke fake. But I see a voice from within demandel-Who's

you are grave, and if you are for a " there?' My conductor answered, that ' fine grave sentimental companion, you it was him; but this not satisfying the • fhall dine with me and my wife to- queriit, the voice again repeated the de

day, I must insist on't ; I'll introduce mand: to which he anfivered louder than you to Mrs. Tibbs, a lady of as elea before; and now the door was opened by

gant qualifications as any in nature; an old woman with cautious reluctance. . The was bred, but that's between our- When we were got in, he welcomed • felves, under the inspection of the me to his house with great ceremony; • Countess of All night.' A charming and tuning to the old woman, asked « body of voice, but no more of that, where was her lady? Good troch,' re• the will give us a long. You shall plied she, in a peculiar dialect, she's see my little girl too, Carolina Wild washing your two shirts at the next < helina Amelia Tibbs, a sweet pretty • door, because they have taken an oath

creature; I design her for my Lord against lending out the tub any longer.' « Drumstick's eldeit fon, but that's My two Mirts!' cries he, in a tune

friendship, let it go no further; The's that faultered with coufution, what " but lix years old, and yet she walks a does the idiot mean!' I ken what minuet, and plays on the guittar im- · I mean well enough,' replied the other; mensely already. I intend the shall • The's walling your twa thirts at the

be as perfect as possible in every ac- next door, because • complishment. In the first place, I'll fury! no more of thy stupid explana(make her a fcholar; I'll teach her ' tions,' cried he; go and inform • Greek myfelf, and learn that lan- her we have got company. Were that

guage purposely to inítruct her ; but • Scotch hag to be for ever in the familet that be a secret.'

• ly, she would never learn politenels, Thus saying, without waiting for a nor forget that absurd poisonous acreply, he took ine by the armand haul. cent of hers, or testify the finallest speed me along. We passed throngh many cimen of breeding or high life; and dark alleys and winding ways; for, from yet it is very surprizing too, as I had some motives to me unknown, he seem. • her from a parliament man, a friend ed to have a particular aversion to every • of mine, from the Highlands, one of frequented Atreet; at lait, however, we the politest men in the world; but that's got to the door of a dismal looking a fecret.' house in the outlets of the town, where We waited fome time for "Mrs. he informed me he chose to reside for the Tibb's arrival, during which interval, benefit of the air.

I had a full opportunity of surveying We entered the lower door, which the chamber and all it's furniture; which ever seemed to lie molt hospitably open; confiited of four chairs with old wrought and I began to ascend an old and creak. bottoms, that he assured me were his ing stair-case, when, as he mounted to wife's einbroidery; a square table that thew me the way, he demanded, whether had been once japarinei, a cradië in I' delighted in prospects; to which an- one corner, a lumbering cabinet in the (wering in the affirmative— Then,' other; a broken shepherde!s, and a man. says he, ' I thall thew you one of the darine without a head, were stuck over • molt charming in the world, out of the chimney; and round the walls feve.

my windows; we shall see the ships ral paltry, unframed pictures, which, he r railing, and the whole country for obferveil, were all his own drawing :

twenty miles round, tip top, quite high. • What do you think, Sir, of that head

My Lord Swamp would give ten thou- " in the corner, done in the manner of • sand guineas for such a one; but as I • Grifoni? there's the true keeping in • sometiines pleasantly tell him, I al- . it; it's my own face, and though there

ways love to keep my prospects at • happens to be no likeness, a countess ('home, that my friends may see me the offered me an hundred for it's fellow : oftener.'

• I refused her; for, hang it, that would By this time we were arrived as high ! be mechanical, you know.'

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