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saluted each other in the common manner. Mr. Bellows-mender hoped Mr. Curry-combmaker had not caught cold going home the last club-night; and he returned the compliment by hoping that young Master Bellows-mender had got well again of the chincough. Doctor Twist told us a story of a parliament man, with whom he was intimately acquainted; while the bug-man, at the same time, was telling a better story of a noble lord with whom he could do any thing. A gentleman in a black wig and leather breeches at the other end of the table was engaged in a long narrative of the Ghost in Cock-lane: he had read it in the

papers

of the day, and was telling it to some that sat next him, who could not read. Near him Mr. Dibbins was disputing on the old subject of religion with a Jew pedler, over the table, while the president vainly knocked down Mr. Leathersides for a song. Besides the combination of these voices which I could hear altogether, and which formed an upper part to the concert, there were several others playing under-parts by themselves, and endeavoring to fasten on some luckless neighbor's ear, who was himself bent upon the same design against some other.

We have often heard of the speech of a corporation, and this induced me to transcribe a speech of this club, taken in shortband, word for word, as it was spoken by every member of the company. It may be necessary to observe, that the man who told of the ghost had the loudest voice, and the longest story to tell, so that his continuing narrative filled every chasm in the conversation.

“So, Sir, d’ye perceive me, the ghost giving three loud raps at the bed-post—Says my lord to me, my dear Smokeum, you know there is no man upon the face of the earth for whom I have so high-A damnable false heretical opinion of all sound doctrine and good learning; for I'll tell it aloud, and spare not that Silence for a Song ; Mr. Leathersides for a song—' As I was

a walking upon the highway, I met a young damsel –Then what brings you here? says the parson to the ghost-Sanconiathon, Manetho, and Berosus—The whole way from Islington-turnpike to Dog-house-bar-Dam-As for Abel Drugger, Sir, he's damn'd low in it; my 'prentice boy has more of the gentleman than heFor murder will out one time or another; and none but a ghost, you know, gentlemen, can-Damme if I don't; for my friend, whom you know, gentlemen, and who is a parliament-man, a man of consequence, a dear honest creature, to be sure; we were laughing last night at-Death and damnation upon all his posterity by simply barely tasting-Sour grapes, as the fox said once when he could not reach them; and I'll, I'll tell you a story about that that will make you burst your sides with laughing: A fox once—Will nobody listen to the song — As I was a walking upon the highway, I met a young damsel both buxom and gay'-No ghost, gentlemen, can be murdered; nor did I hear of but one ghost killed in all my life, and that was stabbed in the belly with a-My blood and soul if I don't-Mr. Bellows-mender, I have the honor of drinking your very good health--Blast me if I do— dam-blood-bugs-fire--whizz-blid-tit-rat-trip 'The rest all riot, nonsense, and rapid confusion.

Were I to be angry at men for being fools, I could here find ample room for declamation ; but alas! I have been a fool myself; and why should I be angry with them for being something so natural to every child of humanity?

Fatigued with this society, I was introduced the following night to a club of fashion. On taking my place I found the conversation sufficiently easy, and tolerably good-natured; for my Lord and Sir Paul were not yet arrived. I now thought myself completely fitted, and resolving to seek no farther, determined to take up my residence here for the winter; while my temper began to open insensibly to the cheerfulness I saw diffused on every

face in the room: but the delusion soon vanished, when the waiter came to apprize us that his lordship and Sir Paul were just arrived.

From this moment, all our felicity was at an end; our new guests bustled into the room, and took their seats at the head of the table. Adieu now all confidence ! every creature strove who should most recommend himself to our members of distinction. Each seemed quite regardless of pleasing any but our new guests; and what before wore the appearance of friendship, was now turned into rivalry.

Yet I could not observe that, amidst all this flattery and obsequious attention, our great men took any notice of the rest of the company. Their whole discourse was addressed to each other. Sir Paul told his lordship a long story of Moravia the Jew; and his lordship gave Sir Paul a very long account of his new method of managing silk-worms: he led him, and consequently the rest of the company, through all the stages of feeding, sunning, and batching; with an episode on mulberry trees, a digression upon grass seeds, and a long parenthesis about his new postillion. In this manner we travelled on, wishing every story to be the last; but all in vain;

“ Hills over hills, and Alps on Alps arose.”

The last club, in which I was enrolled a member, was a society of moral philosophers, as they called themselves; who assembled twice a week, in order to show the absurdity of the present mode of religion, and establish a new one in its stead.

I found the members very warmly disputing when I arrived; not, indeed, about religion or ethics, but about who had neglected to lay down his preliminary sixpence upon entering the room. The president swore that he had laid his own down, and so swore

all the company.

During this contest I had an opportunity of observing the laws, and also the members of the society. The president, who had been, as I was told, lately a bankrupt, was a tall pale figure with a long black wig; the next to him was dressed in a large white wig and a black cravat; a third by the brownness of his complexion seemed a native of Jamaica; and a fourth by his hue

ppeared to be a blacksmith. But their rules will give the most just idea of their learning and principles :

I. “We being a laudable society of moral philosophers, inten is to dispute twice a week about religion and priestcraft. Leaving behind us old wives' tales, and following good learning and sound sense: and if so be, that any other persons has a mind to be of the society, they shall be entitled so to do, upon paying the sum of three shillings to be spent by the company in punch.

II. “That no member get drunk before nine of the clock, upon pain of forfeiting threepence, to be spent by the company in punch.

III. “ That as members are sometimes apt to go away without paying, every person shall pay sixpence upon his entering the room; and all disputes shall be settled by a majority; and all fines shall be paid in punch.

IV. “That sixpence shall be every night given to the president, in order to buy books of learning for the good of the society: the president has already put himself to a good deal of expense in buying books for the club; particularly, the works of Tully, Socrates, and Cicero, which he will soon read to the society.

V. “All them who brings a new argument against religion, and who being a philosopher, and a man of learning, as the rest of us is, shall be admitted to the freedom of the society, upon paying sixpence only, to be spent in punch.

VI. “Whenerer we are to have an extraordinary meeting,

it shall be advertised by some outlandish name in the news. papers.

SAUNDERS Mac WILD, president,
ANTHONY BLEWITT, vice-president,

his † mark.
WILLIAM TURPIN, secretary."

ESSAY II.

ON PUBLIC REJOICINGS FOR VICTORY.

While our fleets and armies are earning laurels abroad; while victory courts us from every quarter ;* while our soldiers and sailors not only retrieve the fame of English valor, but raise our reputation above whatever history can show, and mark the reign of George the Second as the great period of British glory, our citizens and mechanics at home are by no means idle, but deal blow for blow, and once more slay the slain.

If triumphs are gained abroad, we shout for the victory at home; if they illuminate a city that soon must fall with infernal fire of bombs and handgrenades, we illuminate our streets not less with fagots and candles ; if their artillery thunders destruction in the ears of the enemy, we echo them with squibs and crackers at home, no less terrifying to a female ear; if some, bravely fighting for their country, lose their lives and fall dead on the field of battle in its defence, we have our bouts as well as they, and can produce our hundreds who have upon this occasion bravely become votaries for their country, and with true patriotism not disdained to fall dead—drunk in every house :—“O fortunata mors, quæ naturæ debita pro patria potissimum reddita est !" (Battle of Minden, capture of Ticinderoga, conquest of Quebec, &c.]

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