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honest citizen, whose wife and two • Zounds! a man at these places should daughters had, I found, prevailed on " not have a swallow fo wide as a tomhim to carry them to the Garden. As
. tit.' I thought there was something curious This scanty repast, we may imagine, in their behaviour, I went into the next was soon dispatched; and it was with box to them, where I had an opportu. much dificulty our citizen was prevail. nity of seeing and over-hearing every ed on to suffer a plate of beef to be orthing that paft.
dered. This too was no les admired, After fome talk Come, come,' and underwent the same comments with faid the old Don, it is high time, I the ham. At length when only a very • think, to go to fupper.' To this the small bit was left, as they say, for manladies readily assented; and one of the ners in the dith, our Don took a piece misses faid-Do let us have a chick, of an old news paper out of his pocket, 'papa'— Zounds,' said the father, and gravely wrapping up the incat in it, " they are half a crown a piece, and no placed it carefully in his letter-case.
bigger than a sparrow.' 'Here the old * I'll keep thee as a curiofity to my dylady took him up. You are fo stingy, 'ing-day; and I'll thew thee to my • Mr. Rose, there is no bearing you. neighbour Horseman, and ask him if • When one is out upon pleasure, I love " he can make as much of his steaks.'
to appear like fomebody: and what Then rubbing his hands, and Arugging ' fignifies a few thillings once and away, up his shoulders- Why now,' says
when a body is about it?' This reproof he,' to-morrow night I may eat as much fo effectually silenced the old gentleman, cold beef as I can stuff, in any tavern that the youngest mifs had the courage ' in London, and pay nothing for it.' to put in a word for some ham likewile. A dish of tarts, cheese-cakes, and cuf. Accordingly the waiter was called, and tards, next made their appearance at the dispatched by the old lady with an order request of the young ladies, who paid no for a chicken and a plate of ham. When fort of regard to the father's remon. it was brought, our honeft cit twirled ttrance, that they were four times as the dit about three or four times, and · dear as at the pastry-cooks.' furveyed it with a very settled counte- Supper being ended, Madain put her nance; then taking up rhe slice of ham, spoule in mind to call for wine. We and dangling it to and fro on the end i mujt have some wine, my dear, or we of his fork, asked the waiter, how much • thail not be looked upon, you know.' there was of it. ' A fhilling's worth, - Well, well,' says the Don, that's • Sır,' said the fellow. Prithee,' said ' right enough But do they sell their the Don, - how much doft think it • liquor too by the ounce? - Here, 'weighs?-An ounce?-A filling an • drawer, what wine bave you got?' ounce! that is fixteen shillings per The fellow, who by this time began to pound !-A reasonable profit truly! smoke his guelts, answereda We have -Let me fee-fuppose now the whole exceeding good French wine of all ham weighs thirty pounds :-Ar a forts, and please your honour. Would thilling per ounce, that is, fixteen your
honour have a bottle of Cham.thillings per pound, why your master pagne, or Burgundy, or Claret, or * makes exactly twenty-four pounds of No, no, none of your withy-washy
every ham; and if he buys them at the "outlandish rot.gut for me,' interruptbeit hand, and falts them and cures ed the citizen. A tankard of the Al
thein himself, they don't stand him in • derman beats all the red Claret wine • tea shillings a-piece. The old lady in the French king's cellar. - But bade him hold his nonsense, declared "come, bring us a bottle of found old . herself ashamed for him, and asked hiin • Port: and d'ye hear? let it be good.' if people must not live: then taking a While the waiter was gone, the good coloured handkerchiet from her own man must sadly lamented, that he could neck, the tucked it into his shirt-collar, not have his pipe; which the wife would (whence it bung like a bib) and helped by no means allow, because, Me faiit, him to a leg of the chicken. The old it was ungenteel to smoke where any gentleman, at every bit he put into his ladies were in company. When the mouth, amused hiinsel wird saying- wine came, our citizen gravely took up • There goes two-pence-o- there goes the bottle, and holding it above his head three-pence -- there gois a groat.- - Aye, aye,' said he, the bottom
• has had a good kick.- And mind how had carefully summed up every figure,
confoundedly it is pinched on the he bade the drawer bring change for • lides.-Nut above five gills, I ware fixpence: then pulling out a leathern
rant.-An old foldier at the Jerusalem purse from a snug pocket, in the inside 6 would beat two of them.--but let us of his waistcoat, he drew out flowly, • see how it is brewed.' He then pour- piece by piece, thirteen Shillings; which ed out a glass; and after holding it up he regularly placed in two rows upon before the candle, smelling to it, tipping the table. Włen the change was brought, it twice or thrice, and imacking his after counting it very carefully, he laid lips, drank it off: but declaring that down four halfpence in the same exact icond thoughts were best, he filed an- order; then calling the waiter—'There,' other bumper; and tolling that off, after says he, there's your damage-thirteen tome paule, with a very important • and two-pence-And hearkye, there's sir, ventured to pronounce it drinkable.
over for your.elf. The The ladies having alto drank a glass remaining penny he put into his coatround, afhrmed it was very good, and pocket; and chinking it This,' says felt warm in the stomach: and even the he, 'will serve me to-morrow to buy a old gentleman relaxed into such good paper
of tobacco.' humour by the time the bottle was emp- The family now prepared themselves tied, that out of his own free will and for going; and as there was some flight motion he most generontly called for drops of rain, Madam buttoned up the another pint, but charged the waiter ' to old gentleman's coat, that he might not pick out an honeit onc.'
spoji his laced waistcoat; and made him While the glais was thus circulating, fiap his hat, over which she tied his the family amuled themselves with mak- pocket handkerchief, to save his wig: ing observations on the Garden. The and as the coat itself (the faid) had never citizen expressed his wonder at the nuin. been worn but three Sundays, the even ber of lainps, and faid it must cott a parted with her own cardinal, and spread great deal of money every night to light it the wrong fide out over his shoulders. them all: the eldeit mits declared, that in these accoutrements he fallied forth, for her part the liked the Dark Walk accompanied hy his wife, with her upper best of all, because it was folentary: petticoat thrown over her head, and his little miss thought the last fong nighty daughters with the skirts of their gowns pretty, and faid he would buy it, it she turned up, and their lieads muffled up could but carry home the tune: and the in coloured handkerchiefs. I followed oid lady obferved, that there was a great thun quite out of the Garden: and as they deal of good company indeer; but the were waiting for their hack to draw up, gerikmen were lo muje, tirat they per- the youngest mifs aikes- When mail fictly put her out of countenance by come again, papa?' -' Come staring at her through their py-glafies. again?" said he, 'Wliat a pox would In a word, the tarts, the chicle.cakes, you ruin me? Once in ove's life is the beef, the chicken, the ounce of ham, ' enough; and I think I have done very and every thing, leemed to have been 'handtome. Why it would not have quire firgot, until the dismal moment cost me above four-pence half-penny approached when the reckoning was ' to have spent my cvening at Sot's caised for. As this folemn business " Hole; and what with the curred coachconcerns only the gentlemen, the ladies hire, and all together, here's almoit kept a profound silence; and when the a pound gone, and nothing to thew terrible account was brought, they left · for it.'- Fye, Mr. Rofe, I am quite the payınalier u. chisturbed, to enjoy the • ashamed for you,' replies the old lady. milery by himit.f: only the old lady had " You are always grudging me and your the liarsinels to Iqunt at the sum total, • girls the least bit of pleasure; and you and declared it was pretty reasonable ' cannot help grumbling, if we do but confidering.'
go to Little Hornsey to drink tea. I Our citizen bore his iisfortunes with am fure, now they are women grown a tolerabie deurte of patience. He tho k up, they ought to see a little of the his head as he run uver every article, 'world—and they jhall.' The old Don and swore he would never buy ineat by was not willing to pursue the argument the ounce again. At length, when he any further; and the couch coming op,
he was glad to put an end to the dispute time enough to hare my belt wig by saying, ' Come, coine, let us make (combed out again-and to.morrow, hatte, wife; or we Thail not get home you know, is Sunday.'
N° LXIX. THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1755.
DIGNIOR EST VESTRO NULLA PUELLA CHORO.
BEHOLD A TRAIN OF FEMALE WITS ASPIRE,
TN a visit which I paid the other day poetry, and especially in love affairs, was agreeably surprised by baving two tunity of the Mufis in favour of their little volumes put into my hands, which own tex. He therefore decreed, that have been lately published under the all those females, who thongle themtitle of · Poems by Eminent Ladies.' felves able to manage Pegatus, should Thele volumes are, indeed, (as the au- iinmediately thew their skill and dexthor of the preface has remarked) 'the terity in riding him. 'moft solid compliment that can posli - Pegasus was accordingly brought out
bly be paid to the fair sex.' I never of the itable, and the Mures furnished imagined that our nation could boast to him with a fide-laddle. All the ladies, many excellent Poetesies, (whose works who had courage enough to venture on are an honour to their country) as were his back, were prepared to mount: but here collected together : and it is with as a great dispute arose among fome of the highest satisfaction I can assure my the competitors about precedency, (each female readers in particular, that I have of thein claiming a right to ride first) found a great number of very elegant it was at length agreed that they should pieces among the compositions of these get into the faddle according to see ladies, which cannot be furpassed (I niority. had almost said, equalled) by the most Upon this a lady advanced; who, celebrated of our male-writers.
though me had something rather extraThe pleasure which I received from vagant in her air and deportment, yet reading these poems, made fuch an im- had a noble prefer.ce, that commanded pression on my mind, that at night, as at once awe and admiration. She was foon as I fell asleep, my fancy presented drefled in an old-fashioned habit, very to me the following dream. I was fantastic, and trimmed with bugles and i ansported, I know not how, to the re- points; such as was worn in the time of gions of Parnallus; and found myfelf King Charles the Firit. This lady, I in the Court of Apollo, surrounded by was informed, was the Duchess of New. a great number of our moit eminent castle. When the cline to mount, the poets. A caute of the utmost import- sprung into the saddle with surprising ance was then depending; and the de- agility; and giving an entire loote to the bate was, whether the Englith ladies, reins, Pegatus dire&ly set up a gallop, who had diitinguished themselves in and ran away with her quite out of light. poetry, should be allowed to hold the However, it was acknowledged, that the fame rank, and have the same honours kept a firm leal, even when the horse paid them, with the men. As the mo
went at his deepese rate; and that the deros were not peronitted to plead in wanted nothing but to ride with a curh. their own suit, Juvenal was retained on bridle. When he came to dismount, the side of the male poets, and Sappho Shakespeare and Milton very kindly undertook the defence of the other fex. offered their hand to help her down, The Roman Satirist, in his fpeech at the which she accepted. Then Euterpe came bar, inveighed bitterly against women up to her with a sinile, and begged her in general, and particularly exclaimed to repeat those beautiful lines against against their dabbling in literature: tut Melancholy, which, she said, were to exwhen Sappho came to set forth the pre- tremely picturesque. The Duchess, with tentions which the ladies juftly had to a molt pleafing air, immediately began
* Dull Melancholy
spring leaped across it, saying that de She'll make you start at ev'ry noise you hear, would never ride him but aftride. She And vilions Itrange shall to your eyes appear. made the poor béaft frisk, and caper, Her voice is low, and gives an hoilow found; and curvet, and play a thousand tricks; She hates the light, and is in darkness found; while she herself was quite unconcerned, Or tits by blirking lamps, or tapers smail,
though the shewed her legs at every moWhich various thadows make against the wall. She loves nou. ht else but noise which difcord
tion of the horse, and many of the Muses makes;
turned their heads afide blushing. Tha. As croaking frogs, whose dwelling is in lakes; bia, indeed, was a good deal pleased with The raven hoarse, the mandrake's hollow her frolics; and Erato declared, that groan;
next to her favourite Sappho the hould
part of her 1 Ode to Desire
To a myrtle bower
MILTON. All the while that these lines were re- I had now the pleafure to see many peating, Milton leemed very attentive; ladies of our own times, whose names 1 and it was whispered by fome, that he was very well acquainted with, advance was obliged for many of the thoughts in towards Pegasus. Among the rett, ! his L'Allegro and Il Penieroto to this could not but wonder at the aftonishing farly's † Dialogue between Mirth and dexterity with which the admired Mrs. Melancholy:
Leapor of Brackley guided the horse, The celebrated Orinda, Mrs. Cao though Me had not the least affiftarce therine Philips, was next placed in the from any body. Mrs. Barber of Ire. faddle, amid the shouts and applauses of land was afsifted in getting upon the the Lords Roscommon and Orrery, faddle by Swift himself, who even conCowley, and other famous wits of her defcended to hold the ftirrup while the time. Her dress was simple, though of mounted. Under the Dean's direction a very elegant make: it had no profuse the made the horse to pace and amble ornaments, and approached very nearly very prettily: notwithstanding which, to the cult anıl fanion of the present age. fome declared, that tire was net equal to Though he never ventured beyond a her friend and coontrywoman, Mrs. canter or a hand-gailop, she made Pe- Grierson. gulus do his paces with so much ease Another lady, a native of the fame and exactness, that Waller limtelf own- kingilom, then briskly stepped up to ed he could never bring him under fo Pegalus; and despising the weak efforts mucli command. After her, Mrs. Kiln of her husband to prevent her, she boldligrew, atřitted by Dryden, and several ly jumped into the faldle, and whipping other ladies of that age, took their turns and cutting, rode away furiously helter to ride: and every one agreed, that Ikelter over hedge and ditch, and tramp(making foine allowance for their fex) led on every body who came in her road. they could not be excelled by the mort She took particular delight in driving experienced riders among the inen. the poor horse, who kicked and winced
A brold masculine figure now puthed all the while, into the most filty places; forwant, in a thin, airy, gay habit, where the made him fting about the dire which hung to loose about her, that the and mire, with which the befpattered al. appeared to be half undreft. When the most every one that came nearher. Somecame up to Pegasus, the clapped her times, however, she would put a stop to hand upon the fide- faddle, and with a this mad career; and then the plainly
* Poems by Eminent Ladies, Vol. II. Page 200.
convinced us, that the knew as well how ping up towards her, and offering my to manage Pegasus as any of the females aliistance to help her down, meihought who had tried before her. Being told the returned my civility with such an unthat this lady was no other than the ce- courteous dap on the face, that (though lebrated biographer of her own actions, I awaked at the instant) i could not help Mrs. Pilkington, I had the curiolity to fancying for some time that I felt my Lake a nearer view of her ; when step- cheek tingle with the blow.
NLXX. THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1755.
ČAUSAM HANC JUSTAM ESSE IN ANIMUM INDUCITE,
WRITE, CORRESPONDENTS, WRITE, WHENE'ER YOU WILL;
Y publisher having acquainted fupport to this pecuniary intercourse. voluiné with this number, I shall take niencies of life, are as necessary to an the opportunity to throw together leveral author, as pen, ink, and paper: and I letters which I have received in the course remember to have seen, in the poßeflion of this work, and to balance with all of Mr. Tonton, a curious manuscript my correspondents: at the same time of the great Dryden himself, wherein he assuring them, that I shall be very glad petitions his bookseller to advance a sum to open a freth account with them in my of money to his taylor. next volume.
The next letter comes likewise from In the infancy of this undertaking, I an author, who complains of an evil, was honoured with the following very which does not, indeed, often affect kind billet from a brother of the quill; many of our fraternity; I mean the cuíthe terms of which I am sorry it was not tom of giving money to servants. in my power to comply with.
DEAR MR. TOWN, DEAR SIR,
I Have been happy all this winter in I Can be of great assistance to you, if having the run of a nobleman's table,
you want any help. I will write for who was pleared to patronize a work of you every other week, or oftener if you mine, and to which he allowed me the chufe it. As a specimen of my powers, honour of prefixing his name in a dediI have sent you an essay, which is at cation. We geniuies have a spirit, you your service. It is short, but a very know, far beyond our pockets : and goed one. Yours at cominand, (belides the extraordinary expence of T. TURNPENNY. New cloaths to appear decent) I assure
you I have laid out every farthing that P. $. Please to send by the bearer a
I ever received from his lordship’s bounGuinea.
ty, in tips to his servants. After every
dinner I was forced to run the gantlope The contents of the postscript I na- through a long line of powdered pick. turally referred to the conlideration of pockets : and I could not but look upon my publisher, who conlequently had a it as a very ridiculous circumstance, that right to determine on the goodness of my I Mould be obliged to give money to a friend's essay; but, whatever was the fellow who was di essed much finer than reason, I heard no more of it. The nyieif. In such a cafe, I ain apt to commerce between bookseller and author conlider the fhowy waistcoat of a foppish is, indeed, of very great service, efpe- footman, or butler out of livery, as laced cially to the latter : for, though I mylelf down with the fillings and half-crowns mult undoubtedly be excepted out of the of the guests. number, yet it must be confefled, that I would therefore heg of you, Mr. the most famous wits have owed their Town, to recommend the poor author's