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MR. VILLAGE TO MR, TOWN. learned) were cut out of an old pair of

boots; but his right fhoe was confiderDEAR COUSIN,

ably larger than the other, and had tėI

Have been very much diverted with veral llits in the upper-leather. He had

your observations on the honeft spurs on, indeed, but without rowels; fradetimen who make weekly excurfions and by way of whip, a worm-eaten cane, into the villages about town; and I with a bone head ftudded withi brals pins, agree with you, that the generality of hung from his wrilt by a ftring of gieaiy your citizens feldom dare trust theinfelves black leather. out of the light of London imoke, or I foon found I was Nobody; for the extend their travels further than with Gentleman, it seems, took up the whole their wives and children in the Wandra attention of the maid, mistress, and worth double post-chaitë, or the Hamp- hoftler, who all of them got round him, ton long coach. But ive may now and and with much difficulty, by the allite ihan pick up a ftray citizen; whom bu- ance of the steps, helped him down. finets had dragged beyond the bills of My landlady, before it was poslible for mortality; as it happened to myself the her to fee any part of him but his rose, other d1y, about furty miles from Lon. told him," he looked brave and jolly;' don: and as I was mightily pleased with and when she had led hiin into the kitHis behaviour and conversation, I have chen, she fetched a large glass of what taken the liberty to'tennt you an account the called 'her own water,' which (the of it.

said) would drive the cold out of his Being caught in a shower upon the stomach. All hands were now buried road, ) was glad to take thelter at the in drawing off his surtoui, which dirtiit inn I came traz wlicli, if it had not covered underneath a full-trimmed white bren caliert the New Inn, I should have coat, and a black velvet waistcoat with thought, from it's antique appearance', a broad gold lace very much tasrihed. had been an house of toreitainment in The surtout was hung to dry by the five the time of our great grandfathers. I as well as his cuar, the place of which was hid icarce alighted, when a strange fi. fupplied by a long riding. hood of my gure (driven thither, as I supposed, on the landlady; and as the gerilenan comTame account with myself) came foberly plained of having suffered by loss of jogging into the yard, dripping wet. leather, the maid was ditpatched to the

is he waited for the steps before he doctor's for forne diachylon. The usuai would venture to get off his horte, I had question now succeeded, concerning dinthe opportunity of surveying his whole ner; and as he observed I was all alone, appearance. He was wrapped up in an he very courteoufly asked me to join oid thread.bare weather-beaten surtout, company, which I as readily agreed to. which I believe liad once been scarlet; The important bulinefs of dinner bethe cope was pulled over his liends and ing fertlett, we adjourned into a private huitone up close round his face; and room, when my fellow-guest told me bis hat was Happed down on each side, of his own mere act and motion, that and fastened about his ears with a litt he liver in London; that for thefe twenty garter, tied under his chin. He wore years he had always come to the town upon his legs fomething that reteirbled we were now in, once a year, to receive bat erda hers, which (as I afterwards

money, and take orders for goods; and


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that he liad always put up at this house. companion took his pipe; and we laid He then run on in the praises of the land- our heads together for the good of the Lady; and tipping me a wink Ay,' nation, when we mawled the French tiys he, 'she has has been a clever wo- terribly both by land and sea. At lait, man in her time, before she bore child- among other talk, he happened to aik

ren.' He added, that for his part be me, if I lired in the city. As I was did not like your great inns; for that delirous of hearing his remarks, I anthey never locked upon any thing under swered, that I had never seen London. a coach and fix. He further informed • Never seen it?', fay's he. " Then me, that he was married to his present you have never seen one of the finest avife in the first mayoralty of Alderman ' lights in the whole world. Paris is Pufons, and in the very waistcoat he • but a dog hole to it.' 'There luckily had on: 'But,' says he, I now wear lung a large Map of London over the • it only on a journey; because, you chimney-piece, which he inmediately I know, a bit of lace commands re- made me get from my chair to look at. 'spect upon the road.' On enquiring 'There,' says he, there's London for about his family, I found he had three you.You see it is bigger than the hoys; one of whom was hound prentice Map of all England. He then led to himself; the other was sent to tea, me about, with the end of his pipe, because he was a wild one; and the through all the principal kreets from youngest he designed to make a parfon, Hyde Park to Whitechapel. becaule he was grave, and his play-fels says he is the River Thames-There's lows at Poule's schoul used to call him 'London Bridge-There my Lord Bishop.

• Mayor livesThat's Poule's--There All this while he had sat in my land. " the Monument (tands : and now, if jaJ's riding hood, with a linen night- you was but on the top of ir, you cap on his head ried on the top with a might see all the houses and churches piece of black ribband, which (he told ' in London.' I expresled my attonithne) he always rode in, because it was ment at every particular: but I could cooler than a wig. But the faddle bags hardly refrain laughing, when pointing were new ordered in ; and out of one of out to me Lincoln's Inn Fields them he drew a large fowing grizzle, " There,' said he, there all the noblecarefully buckled, which he combed out ' men live.” At lait, after having transhimself, borrowing fome Hour from the ported me all over the town, he let me kitchen druiger. His fpatterdashers down in Cheapfide, which, he said, was were next taken off, and his shoes wiped the biggelt Atreet in the city. And now,' with a wisp of hay; when heing assured says he, ' I'll new you where I live. by the landlady herself, that his coat • That's Bow Church and thereabouts was dry enough to put on, he compleat. ! where my pipe is--there--jutt there ly equipped himself, in order to wait on my shop stands. He concluded with féveral tradelinen with whom he had a kind invitation to me to come and see dealings, afterdinner. As this was set him; and pulling out a book of patterns quite ready, we took a walk to the from his coat pocket, assured me, that it stables to see his mare: and though the I wanted any thing in his way, he could beast seemed as lean and harınless as afford to let me have a bargain. Sancho's ass, he, assured me he had I promised to call upon him; and the much ado to ride her, the was so frisky, weather now clearing up, after feteling for she had not run in the chaise thele che balance of our reckoning with the {wo Sundays paft.

landlady, we took leave of each other : Being suinmoned to dinner, we fat but just as I had mounted my horse, and down to a repat of matton chops and was going to let forward, iny new acTheeps hearts, which last he declared to quaintance came up to me, and thaking be the wholfome't eating in tbe world. me by the hand-Harkve,' says he, "if He objected to wine, because there was you will be in town by the twentyHot a drop good for any thing to be got • fifth of this instant july, I will in. upon the road; but he vastly recom- troduce you to the Cockney's Feast; mended my landlady's home-brew'd, ' where, I assure you, you'll be mighty which he affirmed to be bett:r than merry, and hear a great many good Hozflen ale, or the thatch beer at If.

songs.' Ajngton. Our meal being ended, my T I am, dear Cousin, yours, &c.

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light wines for the women. One of SIR,

them drinks nothing but Lisbon; with F polygamy was allowed in this another nothing goes down but Rhenish a seraglio of wives at less expence than ocean of Bristol Milk, with as little re. I have brought upon myself by marry. morfe as she would so much small beer : ing one woman. One, did I say? Alas! my eldest aunt likes a glass of dry MounI find it, to my cost, that a wife, like tain; while the other thinks nothing a polypus, has the power of dividing helps digestion so well as Madeira. It and multiplying hertelf into as many was but lalt week that my wife expressed bodies as the pleases. You must know, a desire of taiting fome Claret, when imMr. Town, I took a woman of fmall mediately all my good natured relations fortune, and made her my own fiefh and had a mighty longing for it: but with blood: but I never thought that all her much ado I at last prevailed on them to relations would likewise falten on-me, compound with me for a chest of Flowith as little ceremony as a colony of fleas... I had scarce brought her home, You may imagine that my house can. before I was obliged to marry her mo. not be a very small one: and I assure ther : then I was prevailed upon to marry you there are as many beds in it as in a her two maiden lifters, after that I mar- country inn. Yet I have scarce room ried her aunts; then her cousins. In

to turn myself about in it: for one Short, I am now enarried to the whole apartment is taken up by this relation, generation of them, I do not exagge- another by that; and the most distant rate matters, when I say that I am mar- cousin must have more respect thewn ried to them alla for they clain as much her, than to be clapped up in a garret right to every thing that is mine, as the with the maid-Servants : so that


I perton whom the world calls my wife. have no more liberty in my own house They eat, drink, and sleep with me: than a lodger. Once, indeed, I in vain every room in the house is at their coin- endeavoured to thake tijem off, and took mand, except my bed-chamber': they a little box in the neighbourhood of, borrow money of me: and fince I have town, scarce big enough to hold my the whole family quartered opon me, own family. Bui, alas! they ituck as wþat tignifies it which of them takes close to it as a snail to her shell: and upon lier my name my wife, her sister, rather than not lie under the same roof, or her twentieth coutin?

with their relation, they contrived to O, Mi, Town! I never fit down to litter together like so many pigs in a table without the lamentable profpect of Atye, . At another time, thinking to seeing as much victuals consumed as

clear my house at once of these vermin, would dine a whole veftry. So many "I packed up my wife and mother, and mouthis conltantly going at my expence! fent them to her uncle's in the country And then there is fuch a variety of pro- for a month. But what could I do? viliops! For cousin Biddy likes one dish; there was no getting rid of those left lemy aunt Rachel is fond of another; hind: my wife had inade over to them filter Molly.cannot abide this; and mo- the care of the houshold, allotting to thes; could never touch that though I each of them her particular employment find they are all of them unanimous in during her abfence. One was to pickle liking the best of every thing in senfon. walnuts, another to preserve (weermeats, Besides, I could entertain a set of jolly another to make Morella brandy; all topens at a, less rate than it cotts me in which they executed with the notable


nefs peculiar to good housewives, who Such is the state of my family within spoil and waste more than they save, for doors : and though you would think the satisfaction of making these things this fufficient for one man, I can asure at home. At last iny wife returnet; you I have other calls upon me from reand all that I got by her journey, was lations no less dear to me, though I have the importation of two new cousins fresh never yet had the happiness to see them. out of the country, who me never knew A third cousin by my wife's father's before were related to her ;--but they fide was set up in the country in a very have been fo kind as to claim kindred good way of bufiness; but by milwith me by hanging upon me ever since. fortunes in trade must have gone

One would iinagine, that it were sufe to jail, if my wife had not teazed me ficient for these loving relations to have into being bound for him, and for which the run of niy table, and to make my I was soon after arrested, and obliged house in every respect their own; but to pay the money. Another, a very not content with this, they have the promising youth, was juft out of his curring to oblige me, in a manner, to time, and only wanted a little fum to find them in cloaths likewise. I should set him up; which as soon as I had lent not repine, if any of my worthy rela- him, he run away, and is gone to fea. tions were humble enough to put up One of the aunts, who is now with me, with a caft-off suit of my wife's; but, (a widow lady) has an only daughter, that would be robbing the maid of her a sober discreet body, who lived as a just dues, and would look more like a companion with an old gentlewoman in dependant than a relation. Not but the country: but the poor innocent girl that they will condescend now and then being drawn aside by 'a vile fellow that to take a gown, before it is half worn ruined her, I have been forced to support out, (when they have talked my wife the unhappy mother and child ever since, into a dislike of it because it is tuo to prevent any reproach falling on our good for a common servant. They have family. I shall say nothing of the vamore fpirit than to beg any thing: but rious presents which have travelled down -if my wife has a fancy to part with to my wife's uncle, in return for one it-they will wear it, purely for her lake, turkey and chine received at Chriftnias; A cap, an apron, or an handkerchief, nor shall I put to account the charge i which, I am told, looks hideous upon have been at in the goffip fees, and in her, I always find is very beconing on buying corals, anodyne necklaces, &c. any other of the family: and I remem. for half a dozen little nephews, nieces, ber, foun after we were married, hap- and cousins, to which I had the honour pening to find fault with the pattern of of standing godfather. a filk brocade my wife had just bought, And now, Mr. Town, the mention one of her Gfters took it from her, and of this latt circumstance makes me retold me she would have it made up for fect with an heavy heart on a new calaherself, and wear it on purpose to Spite mity which will shortly befal me. My me.

wite, you muit know, is very near her You mut know, Mr. Town, that time: and they have provided such a upon my marriage I was indiscreet fore of clouts, caps, forehead-cloths, enough to set up my chariot: and lince biggens, belly-bands, whittles, and all my family has encreased fo prodigiously, kinds of childbed - linen, as would fet this has given them a pretext to have a up a Lying-in Hospital. You will concoach likewise, and anoiher pair of clude that my family wants no further. horses. This also furnishes them with increase : yet, would you believe it? I a pretence for running about to public have just received a letrer, acquainting diversions, where I am forced to treat me, that another aunt, and another them all; for they are so very fond of cousin, are coming up in the ftage coach each other's company, that one will to see their relation, aod are resolved to hardly ever stir out without the other. Atay with her the month. Indeed, I am Thus, at home or abroad, they con afraid, wlien they have once got footing kantly herd together; and what is still in my house, they will refolve to ttay more provoking, though I had rather with her till the has had another and ania have a rout every week a my house, other child. my wife makes a merit of it, that the I am, Sir, your humble fervant, &c. keeps little or no company,


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if they had never existed but in poetry M&. YILLAGE TO MR. TOWN.

or romance. As foon as the daily deDLAR COUSIN,

bauch after dinner, and the ceremonies Mere country squire, who poses of coffee and tea are over', the company

is conducted into a magnificent apartas now become an uncommon character; ment illuminated with wax.candles, and and the most aukward loobily inheritor set out with as many card-:ables as the of an old manfion-louse is a five gen- routof a foreign ambassador's lady. Here tleman in comparison to his fores'athers. Faro, Whist, Brag, Lansquenet, and The principles of a town education for- every other fashionable game, make up merly scarce spread themselves beyond the evening's entertainment. This piece the narrow limits of the bills of mor

of politeneis has often fallen heavy on tality: but now every London refine

fome honest country gentlemen, who ment travels to the remotett corner of have found dining wiih his lordship turn the kingdoin, and the polite families out a very dear ordinary; and many a from the town daily import to their dir. good lady has had occafion to curse the tant seats the cuttoms and manners of cards, and her ill. starred connections Pall Mall and Grosvenor Square. with persons of quality: though his

I have been for this fortnight past at Jordimip is never at a loss for a party; Lord Courtly's, who for about four

for as several people of fashion have reais months in every year leads a town lite near hiin, he often hits down with fome at the distance of above two hundred miles from London. He never leaves I had almoit forgot to mention that her his bed tili twelve or one o'clock; though Jadyíhip keeps a day, which is Sunday, indeed he often fees the fun rile; but This, dear Coulin, is the genteel man. then that only happens wher, as the old ner of living in the country; and I canlong says, he has : drank down the

not help observing, that persons polite moon. Drinking is the only rural enough to be fond of such exquisite reamusement be pursues; but even that finements, are partly in the lame cale part of his divertions is conducted en- with the mechanic at his duliy villa, tirely in the London fathion. He does They both, indeed, change their fituanot swill county ale, but gets drunk tion; but neither find the leatt alteration with Champagne and Burgundy; and in their ideas. The tradesman, when every dish at his table is served up with at his box, has all he notions that emas much elegance as at White's or Ry. ploy him in his compting-house; and an's. He Has an excellent pack of ine nobleinan, though in the farthest pare bounds; but, I believe, v:as never in at of England, may still be faid to breathe the death of a fox in his life: yet ft:an. the air of St. James's. gers never want a chace, for the lourds I was chiefly induced to send you this are out three times a week with a vounger Mort account of the re ned manner in brother of Lord Courtly's, who never which persons of fathion pass their time faw London; and who, if he was not at Lord Courtly's, becaule I think it a indulged with a place at his Lordship's very Atriking, contrast to the character table, inight naturally be considered as deléiibel in the following transcript. I his whipper-in or his gaine-keeper. hope your readers will not do either you

The evening-walk is a thing unknown or ine the honour to think this natural and unheard of ar Lord Courriy's : for portraiture a mere creature of the imathough situated in a very fine country, gination. The picture of the extraorhe knows no more of the charms of dinary gentleman here described is now purling treams and drady groves, than at the seat of the Lord Shaftesbury, at


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