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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 setting 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 boast of certainty of those doctrines which they the many promising geniuses, who had daily ridiculed. Such an apparition fallen in the 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 confi. a thorough-paced infidel would not be der him as an accellary to so many wan. reclaimed, even though one rose from ton murders. By the operation of his 'the dead.' confcience, 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 repassage; and in the inidit of his jollity, probate, is in the power of every perlike Macbeth, he might have dashed on to put in practice for himself. No. down his glais, and imagined that he thing is a turer initance of the goodness saw a departed friend filling the vacant of the Creator, than that delicate in. chair.

ward feeling, so strongly impressed on From the nature of the 'faels, which every realonable creature. This internal have attady been recorded ef Tom lenie, if duly attended to, and diligentDare-devil, the reader will easily con- ly cherijhed and kept alive, would check cude, that he must have been an the finner in his career, and make him Adieilt. 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 vitely towards bis fellow-creatures. that he had a window in his breast, that Tom was president of an abominable every one might see into it: but it is club, who met together every Sunday certainly of more consequence to keep night to utter the most horrid blafphe- ourselves free from the reproach of out mies. The members of this moit 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 Conscience as a mirrour, in which Let us imagine, therefore, that they every one may see himself reflected, and could figure to themfelves his ghoit ap in which every action is reprefented it pearing to them, warning them of their it's proper








HAT there is a vanity inherent of the age. But I am afraid I shall


whatever pains they may take to conceal join in the good opinion I have conit from the rest of mankind. For my ceived 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 myself over my own produ&tions. I snatch up the and over again with extaly, has by favourite theets wet from the press, and others perhaps heen as haitily hurried devo'r every syllable; not the least par- over, as any common article in a news. ticle escapes iny notice; and I dwell paper. with admiration on the beauties of an An author, who is ever big with the expreílive and or emphatical the. If idea of his own importance, will gather every reader was to pay the fame atten- matter for self flattery from the most tion 10 my works, or per use them with trivial circumftances. On the mornings half the fatisfaction, Mr. Town might of publication I have sometimes made be fairly pronounced the greatest author it my bulinels to go round the coffee

houses, houses, 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 last year's almanack. heart you may imagine has bounded Ever since my first appearance in a with joy, when I have heard the rooin Theet 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 hewn 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 unleemly 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 lither, becaule his wife had converted á over the first page, and throw it down fupernumerary half- sheet into a threadagain with all the indifference imagin- paper. A laliy, whole fente and beau. able: though, indeed, I have never failed iy I had always admired, forfeited 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 fpoken very in the next box to cwo noted critics, handsomely of one of my effy's, entirewho were looking over the file of my ly lost the good opinion I had conceived papers, and seemed particularly pleased of him, by defiling the blank inargin with several parts of them. I imme- with a filthy list of foul thirts 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 chan. with fingular satisfačtion 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 in. pages, 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 finile, and fometimes to burit thinkers, and divines, may have their into a loud laugh. As soon as they duft 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 essayist.

in which I am used to hail as a lucky My vanity has often prompted me to omen the damages that my papers apa wish, that I could accompany my papers pear to have fultained in their outward wherefoever they are circulated." I Hate form and complexion. With what rapter myself I should then be introduced tures have I traced the progress of my to the politeft men of quality, and ad- fame, while I have contemplated my mitted into the closets of our finelt la- numbers in the public coffee-houses dies. This conlideration would doubt. Arung upon a file, and swelling graless make me vain of myself: but my dually into a little volume! By the appride would be soon checked by reflect- 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 have singly 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 prostituted to the vilelt purposes. tation, and have assumed to myself apIf in one place I might be pleased to plause 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 hould be no less look upon each paper, when torn, and Vexed to see them degraded to the base mlied by frequent handling, as an old office of sticking up candles. Such is soldier battered in the service, and co. the fatality attending these loose sheets, vered with honourable Icars. 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 foaring 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 fufficient room to moralize on the swan towering above mortality: I faris 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, quâ me quoque poffin his ballast for the tail. I at length hap- Tollere bumo, viétorque virúm volirare past pened to calt 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 singing flies, and flying fings, indignation was presently raised, that í

While from below all Grub Street rings. should become the play-thing of chil.

SWIFT. dren; and I was even ashamed, that the great name of Town, which stared me While I was indulging this fantastic full in the front, Tould be exposed, contemplation of my own excellence, I like the compositions of Dr. Rock on never considered by how Night 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 immorinto a compliment 10 my own vanity. tality, dropt to the ground. T


Ne xxx. THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1754.





T a time when Peace spreads her 'make him extremely black; this con

• 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 drivirg hard at Slack, when doubtedly be alarmed to hear of the at length Slack clos'd with his antabloody battle 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 posterity to preserve a faithful account « but between these falls Pettit threw of this inemorable event: I thall there- Slack twice off the stage, and indeed fore let it down), as I find it recorded in • Pettit so much dieaded Slack's falls, thoie authentic registers of heroic actions, that he ran directly at his hams and the news papers, without deviating á tumbled him down, and hy that means tittle from the expresive terms in which Slack an opportunity of making this extraordinary combat is related. 'The falls very ealy. When they had

'been fighting eighteen minutes, the · Harlin in Norfolk, July 30. Yes. • odds ran againit Slack a guinea to a

terday in the afternoon Slack and Pet. : thilling; whereas on first setting out, " tit mit and fought. At the first ser. • it was three or four to one on his

TO, Pettit feizi Slack hy the throat, • head; but after this time Slack SHORT. ' and held him up against the rails, ENED Pettit fo, as to disable him from 6 and GRAIN'D him so much as to running and throwing him down in

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• 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 • At twenty minutes Pettit grew weaker, made no provision. The mechanics, • Slack stronger; this was occasioned 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, initead of giving black eyes and ' as he was then recovering his WIND, cross-buttocks. I know a veteran that

which was owing to GAMĖ: 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 suffered 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 shim much. Whilit Slack was again to open their fists and ply their fingers • getting upon the stage, it was not in picking pockets. Buckhorse, whose

half a minute before he was remount- knuckles had been used to indent many ed) Pettit 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 • 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 generaily thought, that Pettit (as laymen there are admitted into the ' ran away full strong. The whole pulpit) those very fifts, which fo 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 first ten guineas out of the box. The dextrous use of the filt is a truly . Thus ended this dreadful combat.' British exercise: and the sturdy English

have been as mucb renowned for their Every man, who has the honour of Boxing as their Beef; both which are by the British 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 must 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 Frenchimen. A Frenchman, who his dastard antagonist, who could fo piddles on a fricaffee of frogs, can shamefully rogue it! Captain Godfrey, no more encounter with an Englishthe fublime hiltorian 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 calion- Hail, mighty Slack, thou pride body to the size of an ox: and from

of the butchers! Let the Thambles hence we may conclude, on the prin. echo with thy praise, and let marrowe ciples of philofophy, that the elastic ' bones and cleavers proclaim thy glon 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 Celtus? Every petty slaughterinan lhameful neglect of that support of our

of Clare Market can perform greater national strength, Old English Roast feats: but thou with refiftless arm haft Beef. Indeed, we can never hope, that * not only knocked down oxen, but any of our modern heroes would at.. * made the sturdy race of barbers, cob. tempt to fix a blow under the ribs, when les, and watermen, fall before thee.'. they are afraid of plunging a knife into I cannot but lament the cruelty of a súrloin: and I will venture to prophe


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fy, that when the times come, that fur. masquerades is hardly to be regretted, loins are no more broøght 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 gaming, whicla

has diffused itself through all the faOur present race of spindle-fhanked 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 mould fame spirit likewise draws the knowing object to this manly practice, for which ones together in a Cock-pit; and cock's 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, by establithing a school for Box

great part of the spectators used to be ing, in which he was himself to be the deeply intercked in what was doing on Ječturer. 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 mufflers, so that nothing might be phitheatre was at once a school for hoxe apprehended by the foftest 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 fail 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 port the 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 sling, to make them white of five to one, fix 10 one, ten to one. and delicate as a lady's. I cannot but The lois 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 satisfaction in a tight undoubtedly, improved our breed of fer-lo behind Montague House. horses; and if the diversion of Boxing

The amusement of Boxing, I must was to meet with equal encouragenient, confefs, is more immediately calculated we should certainly have a more stout for the vulgar, who can have no relih and hardy race of bruisers. It might for the more refined pleasures of whift 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 fpecies 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, in imitation of that great be able to boast a rout at her house, genius Hoyle, might oblige the public consisting of three or four hundred per- with a Treatise on the Fist

, and Calcu. fons, if they were not to be drawn to- lations for laying the Odds at any gether by the charms of playing a rubMatch of Boxing. ber? and the prohibition of our jubilee


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