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drawn with much spirit and wit, and the drama heirs enjoy bis pills ; Sir William Read * has introduced by the dialogue of the first scene the cure of eyes, and monsieur Rosselli + only with uncommon, yet natural conversation. The can cure the gout. We pretend to none of part of Fondlewife is a lively image of the un- these things; but to examine who and who seasonable fondness of age and impotence. But, are together, to tell any mistaken man he is instead of such agreeable works as these, the not what be believes he is, to distinguish merit, town has for half an age been tormented with and expose false pretences to it, is a liberty insects called Easy Writers, whose abilities our family has by law in them, from an interMr. Wycherly one day described excellently marriage with a daughter of Mr. Scoggin, I well in one word: “That,' says he,' among the famous droll of the last century. This these fellows is called Easy Writing, which right I design to make use of; but will not any one may easily write.' Such janty scrib- encroach upon the above-mentioned adepts, or blers are so justly laugbed at for their sonnets any other. At the same time, I shall take all on Phillis and Chloris, and fantastical descrip- the privileges I may, as an Englishman, and tions in them, that an ingenious kinsman of will lay hold of the late act of naturalization mipe, of the family of the Staffs, Mr. Humphrey to introduce what I shall think fit from France. Wagstaff by name, has, to avoid their strain, The use of that law may, I hope, be extended run into a way perfectly new, and described to people the polite world with new characters, things exactly as they happen;
as well as the kingdom itself with new subforms fields, or nymphs, or groves, where they jects. Therefore an author of that nation, are not; but makes the incidents just as they called La Bruyere, I shall make bold with on really appear. For an example of it: I stole such occasions. The last person I read of in out of his manuscript the following lines; they that writer was lord Timon. Timon, says my are a description of the morning, but of the author, is the most generous of all men; but morning in town; nay, of the morning at this is so hurried away with that strong impulse of end of the town, where my kinsman at present bestowing, that he confers benefits without lodges :
distinction, and is munificent without laying Now hardly here and there an hackney coach obligations. For all the unworthy, who reAppearing, show'd the raildy morn's approach. ceive from him, have so little sense of this nuNow Betty from her master's beil had fluwn, And softly stole to discompose her own.
ble infirmity, that they look upon themselves The slipshod 'prentice, from his master's door, rather as partners in a spoil, than partakers of Had par'd the street, and sprinkled round the floor; a bounty. The other day, coming into Paris, Now Moll had whirl'd her mop with dex'trous airs,
I met Timon going out on horseback, attended Prepar'd to scrub the entry and the stairs. The youth with broomy stamps began to trace
only by one servant. It struck me with a The kennel-edge, where wheels had worn the place. sudden damp, to see a man of so excellent a The small coal man was heard with cadence deep, Till drown'l in shriller notes of chimney-sweep.
disposition, and who un lerstood making a figure Dans at his lordship’s gates began to meet;
so well, so much shortened in his retinue. But, And brick-dust Moll had scream'd thro' half a street :
passing by his house, I saw his great coach The turnkey now his flock returning sees, Daly let out a' nights to steal for fees.
break to pieces before bis door, and, by a strange The watchfnl bailift's take their silent stands ;
enchantment, immediately turned into many And schvol-boys lag with satchels in their hands. different vebicles. The first was a very pretty All that I apprehend is, that dear Numps chariot, into which stepped his lordship’s sewill be angry I have published these lines ; potcretary. The second was hung a little heavier ; that he has any reason to be ashamed of them,
into that strutted the fat steward. In an inbut for fear of those rogues, the bane to all ex
stant followed a chaise, which was entered by cellent performances, the imitators. There the butler. The rest of the body and wheels fore, beforehand, I bar all descriptions of the
were forthwith changed into go-carts, and run evening; as a medley of verses signifying grey away with by the nurses and brats of the rest peas are now cried warm; that wencbes now
of the family. What makes these misfortunes begin to amble round the passages of the play in the affairs of Timon the more astonishing house: or of noon; as, that fine ladies and is, that he has better understanding than those great beaux are just yawning out of their beds who cheat bim; su that a man knows not and windows in Pall-mall, and so forth. I forewarn also all persons from encouraging 'Henley would fain have me to go wiih Steele and any draughts after my cousin; and foretell any Rowe, &c. to an invitation at Sir William Read's
. Surely man who shall go about to imitate him, that
you have heard of him. He has been a mountebank, and
is the queen's oculist; he makes admirable punch, and treats he will be very insipid. The family-stock is you in gold vessels. But I am engaged, and won't go; embarked in this design, and we will not ad- neither indeed am I fond of the jaunt.” April 11, 1711.
Swift's Works, vol. xxii. p. $0. mit of counterfeits. Dr. Anderson t and his
It is said that the queen's oculist, though he was wonder.
fully successful, conld neither read nor write. • Dr. Swift.
+ Rosselli, sufficiently known from the Romance of his • Anderson was a Scotco physician in the reigns of Charles life, which was written by himself.
1 Scoggin was a buffoon in the reign of king James I.
1. and Charles II.
which more to wonder at, the indifference of ture went so far, as to make him put off bis the master, or the impudence of the servant. admonitions to his son, even until after his
death; and did not give him his thoughts of White's Chocolate-house, April 29. bim, until he came to read that memorable It is a matter of much speculation among passage in his will : ‘All the rest of my the beaux and oglers, what it is that can have estaie,' says be, ' I leave to my son Edward made so sudden a change, as has been of late (whu is executor to this my will) to be squanobserved, in the whole beliaviour of Pastorella, dered as he shal} think fit: I leave it him for who never sat still a moment until she was that purpose, and hope no better for him.” A Lighteen, which she has now exceeded by two generous disdain, and reflection upon how inunths. Her aunt; who has the care of her, little he deserved from so excellent a father, las not been always so vigid as she is at this reformed the young man, and made Edwari, present date; but has so gond a sense of the from an arrant rake, become a fine gentleman. frailty of woman, and falsehood of man, that she resolved on all manner of methods to keep
St. James's Coffee-house, April 29. Pastorella, if possible, in safety, against herself Letters froin Portugal of the eighteenth inand all her admirers. At the same time the stant, dated from Estremos, say, that on tlie good lady knew by long experience, that a gay sixth the earl of Galway arrived at that place, inclination, curbed too rashly, would but run and had the satisfaction to see the quarters to the greater excesses for that restraint; she well furnished with all manner of provisions, therefore intended to watch her, and take som and a quantity of bread sufficient for subsistopportunity of engaging her insensibly in her ing the troops for sixty days, besides biscuit for own interests, without the anguish of an ad-twenty-five days. The enemy give out, that monition. You are to know, ther, that miss, they shall bring into the held fourteen regi. with all her flirting and ogling, had also na- ments of horse, and twenty-four battalions. turally a strong curiosity in her, and was the The troops in the service of Portugal will make greatest eaves-dropper breathing. Parisatis (for up 14,000 fuot, and 4000 horse. On the day $. her prudent aunt is called) observed this hu- these letters were despatched, the earl of Galmour, and retires one day to her closet, into way received advice, that the marquis de Bay which she knew Pastorella would peep, and was preparing for some enterprise, by gatherlisten to know how she was employed. Iting his troops together on the frontiers. Wherehappened accordingly; and the young lady upon his excellency resolved to go that same s.iw her good governante on her knees, and, night to Villa Viciosa, to assemble the troops after a mental behaviour, break into these in that neighbourhood, in order to disappoint words, -' As for the dear child committed to his desigus. iny care, let her sobriety of carriage, and seve- Yesterday, in the evening, captain Foxton, rity of behaviour, be such as may make that aid-de-camp to major-general Cadogan, arrived noble Jerd wbo is taken with her beauty, turn bere express from the duke of Marlborough ; Jyis designs 10 such as are honourable.' Here and this day a mail is come in with letters Parisatis heard her niece nestle closer to the from Brussels of the sixth of May, N. S. whichi kry-hole: she then goes on : 'Make her the advise, that the enemy had drawn together a joyful mother of a numerous and wealthy off-body, consisting of 20,000 men, with a design, spring; and let her carriage be such, as may as was supposed, to intercept the great couvoy make this noble youth expect the blessings of on the march towards Lisle, which was safely a bapny marriage, from the singularity of her arrived at Menin and Courtray, in its way to life, in this louse and censorious age.' Miss, that place, the French having retired without having beard enough, sneaks off for fear of making any attempt. discovery, and immediately at her glass alters We hear from the Hague, that a person of the sitting of ber head; then pulls up ber the first quality is arrived in the Low Countries tueker, and forms herself into the exact man. from France, in order to be a plenipotentiary ner of Lindamira; in a word, becomes a sin- in an epsuing treaty of peace, cere convert to every thing that is commeud- Letters from France acknowledge, that monable in a fine young lady; and two or three sieur Bernard has made no bigher offers of sasuch matches, as ber aunt feigned in her devo- tisfaction to his creditors than of thirty-five tions, are at this day in her choice. This is pounds per cent. the history and original cause of Pastorella's These advices add, that the marshal Boufflers, conversion from coquetry. The prudence in monsieur Torcy (who distinguished himself forthe management of this young lady's temper, merly, by advising the court of France to adand good judgment of it, is hardly to be ex- here to the treaty of partition,) and monsieur ceeded. I scarce remember a greater instance d'Harcourt (who pegociated with cardinal Parof furbearance of the usual peevisb way with tocarrero for the succession of the crowd of which the aged treat the young than this, ex-Spain in the house of Bourbon,) are all three cept that of our famous Noy, whose good-na- I joined in a commission for a treaty of peace.
: | Every temper, except downright insipid, is
The marshal is come to Ghent: the other tho would insinuate. He observes, that no man are arrived at the Angue.
begins to make any tolerable figure, until he It is confidently roported here, that the right sets out with the bopes of pleasing some one bonourable the lord Townshend is to go witin of us. No sooner he takes that in hand, but bis grace the duke of Marlborough into Holbe pleases every one else by the bye. It has Land.
an immediate effect upon bis bebaviour. There Mr. Bickerstaff has received the epistles is colonel Ranter,* who never spoke without of Mrs. Rebecca Wagstaff, Timothy Pikestaff an oath, until he saw the lady Berty Modish; and Wagstaff, which he will acknowledge far- pow, never gives bis man an order, but it is, ther as occasion shall serve.
Pray, Tom, do it.' The drawers wbere he drinks live in perfect happiness. He asked Will
at the George the other day, how he did? \'bere No. 10.) Tuesday, May 3, 1709.
he used to say, “ Damn it, it is so;' he now Quicquid agunt homines-
believes there is some mistake; he must conpostri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sat, i. 85. 86.
fess, he is of another opinion; but however he Whate'er men do, or sly, or think, or dream, will not insist.'
Our motley paper seizes for it's theme. BY MRS. JENNY DISTAFF, HALF-SISTER TO MR. to be animated and softened by the influence BICKERSTAFF.
of beauty; but of this untractable sort is a
lifeless handsome fellow that visits us, whom I From my own Apartment, May 1.
have dressed at this twelvemonth, but he is as My brother Isaac, having a sudden occasion insensible of all the arts I use, as if he conto go out of town, ordered me to take upon versed all that time with his nurse. He outme tbe despatch of the next advices from home, dues our whole sex in all the faults our enemies with liberty to speak in my own way; not impute to us; he has brought laziness into an doubting the allowances which would be given opinion, and makes his indulence his philosoto a writer of my sex. You may be sure I phy: insomuch that no longer ago than yesterundertook it with much satisfaction; and day in the evening he gave me this account of confess, I am not a little pleased with the op- himself : I am, madam, perfectly unmoved at portunity of running over all ebe papers in his all that passes among men, and seldom give closet, wbich he has left open for my use on
myself the fatigue of going among them; but this occasion. The first that I lay my hands when I do, I always appear the same thing to on, is a treatise concerning the empire of those whom I converse with. My hours of exbeauty,' and the effects it has had in all nations istence, or being awake, are from eleven in the of tbe world, upon the public and private ac
morning to eleven at night; balf of which I tions of men; with an appendix, which he calls, live to myself, in picking my teeth, washing “The Bachelor's scheme for governing his wife.'
my hands, paring my nails, and looking in the The first thing he makes this gentleman' pro- glass. The insignificancy of my manners to pose, is, that she shall be no woman; for she is the rest of the world.t makes the laughers to have an aversion to balls, to operas, to visits: call me a Quidnunc, a phrase which I neither she is to think his company sufficient to fill up understand, nor shall ever enquire what they all the hours of life with great satisfaction; she
mean by it. The last of me each night is at is never to believe any other man wise, learned, St. James's coffee-house, where I converse, yet or valiant; or at least, but in a second degree. never fall into a dispute on any occasion; but In the next place, be intends she shall be a
leave the understanding 1 have, passive of all cuckold ; but expects, that he himself must
that goes through it, without entering into the live in perfect security from that terror. He business of life. And thus, madam, bave I dwells a great while on instructions for ber arrived by laziness, to what others pretend to discreet behaviour, in case of his falsehood. by philosophy, a perfect neglect of the world." have not patience with these unreasonable ex
Sure, if our sex had the liberty of frequenting pectations, therefore turn back to the treatise public houses and conversations, we should put itself. Here indeed my brother deduces all the revolutions among men from the passion of love; and in his preface answers that usual * There is probably an allusion here to the celcirated Mrs. observation against us, that there is no quar
Anne Oldfield and brigadier-general Churchill. rel without a woman in it;' with a gallant as
played at this time inimitably well the character of Lidy
Betty Modish in the Careless Hu-band,' which the anthor, sertion, that there is nothing else worth Mr. Cibber, acknowledges was not only written for her, but quarrelling for.' My brother is of a complexion copied froin her, so that she was both the player, and the truly amorous; all his thoughts and actions original of the character. Biog. Brit. Art. Oldji.ia.
+ What follows is inserted as a farther specimen of the carry in them a tincture of that obliging in-nanner of the Annotaior on the Tatler, and of the natore clination ; and this turn has opened his eyes to
of his remarks. See Tutler, Nos. 5. and 7. Nothing is see, that we are not the inconsiderable crea
more apropos, than to talk in a dialect that is not English,
of a phrase that is not sense.' Annotations on the Tatler, tures which unlucky pretenders to our favour | part i. p. 85.
tbesc rivals of our faults and follies out of coun.
But I am interrupted by a packet from Mr. tenance. However, we shall soon have the plea- Kidney, from St. James's coffee-bouse, which sure of being acquainted with them one way I am obliged to insert in the very style and or other; for my brother Isaac designs, for the words wbich Mr. Kidney uses in his letter. use of our sex, to give the exact characters of all the cbief politicians, who frequent any of St James's Coffee-house, May 2. the coffee-houses from St. James's to the Ex
We are advised by letters from Bern, dated change; but designs to begin with that cluster the first instant, N. S. that the duke of Berof wise-heads, as they are found sitting every | wick arrived at Lyons the twenty-fifth of the evening from the left side of the fire, at the last month, and continued his journey the next Smyrua, to the door. This will be of great day to visit the passes of the mountains and service for us, and I bave authority to promise other posts in Dauphiné and Provence. These au exact journal of their deliberations; the letters also informed us, that the miseries of publication of which I am to be allowed for the people in France are heightened to that pin-money. In the mean time, I cast my degree, that unless a peace be speedily coneye upon a new book, which gave me more cluded, balf of tbat kingdom would perish for pleasing entertainment, being a sixth part of want of bread. On the twenty-fourth, the Miscellany Poems published by Jacob Tonson," marshal de Thesse passed through Lyons, in which, I find, by my brother's notes upon it, his way to Versailles; and two battalions, which no way inferior to the other volumes. There
were marching from Alsace to reinforce the is, it seems in this, a collection of the best army of the duke of Berwick, passed also pastorals that have hitherto appeared in Eng. through that place. Those troops were to be land; but, among them, none superior to that followed by six battalions more. dialogue between Sylvia and Dorinda, written Letters from Naples of the sixteenth of April hy one of my own sex;t wbere all our little say, that the marquis de Prie's son was arrived weak nesses are laid open in a manner more there, with instructions from his father, to sig. just, and with truer raillery, than ever mannify to the viceroy the necessity his imperial yet hit upon.
majesty was under, of desiring an aid from that Only this I now discern,
kingdom, for carrying on the extraordinary From the things thou'dst have me learn, That womankini's peculiar joys
expenses of the war. On the fourteenth of From past or present beauties rise.
the same month they made a review of the But, to reassume my first design, there can
Spanish troops in that garrison, and afternot be a greater instance of the command of wards of the marines; one part of whom will females, than in the prevailing charms of the the rest are to be sent on board the galleys
embark with those designed for Barcelona, and heroine in the play, which was acted this night, called, ‘All for Love; or The World well Lost:'appointed to convoy provisions to that place. The enamoured Anthony resigns glory and
We hear from Rome, by letters dated the power to the force of the attractive Cleopatra, twentieth of April, that the count de Mellos, whose charms were the defence of her diadem envoy from the king of Portugal, had made against a people otherwise invincible. It is so
bis public entry into that city with much state natural for women to talk of themselves, that
and magnificence. The pope has lately held it is to be hoped, all my own sex at least will motion of two cardinals; but the acknowledg.
two other consistories, wherein he made a propardon me, that I could fall into no other disIf we bave their favour, we give our
ment of king Charles is still deferred. selves very little anxiety for the rest of our
Letters from other parts of Italy advise us, readers. I believe I see a sentence of Latin that the doge of Venice continues dangerously in my brother's day-book of wit, which seems
ill; that the prince de Carignan, having relapsed applicable on this occasion, and in contempt | April, in his eightieth year.
into a violent fever, died the twenty-third of of the critics,
Advices from Vienna of the twenty-seventh Tradam protervis in mare Creticum
of April import, that the archbishop of Saltz. Portare ventis.
Hor. i. Od. xxvi... burg is dead, who is succeeded by count HarNo boding fears shall break my rest,
rach, formerly bishop of Vienna, and for these Nor anxious cares invadle my breast;
last three years coadjutor to the said archPuff them, ye wanton gales, away, And plunge them in the Cretan sea.
R. Winne. bishop; and that prince Maximilian of Lich
tenstein is likewise departed this life at his Usually callerl . Dryden's Collection.'
country seat called Cromaw in Moravia. These + By Mrs. Elizabeth Singer, celebrated by Prior in many advices add, that the emperor has named count parts of his poems, and afterwards Mrs. Rowe. I By Dryden, first acted in the year 1678.
Zinzendorf, count Goes, and monsieur Cons. The humour of Mrs. Jenny Distaff's Latio quotation bruck, for his plenipotentiaries in an ensuing stands in need of some illustration. It rises ont of the simni treaty of peace; and they bear from Hungary, larity between the words Cretecum and Criticum, which are sufficiently alike to mislead a lady unskilled in the Latin
that the imperialists bave had several success. language, into this inisapplication of the passage.
ful skirmishes with the malecontents.
Tristitiam ct metus
Letters from Paris, dated May the sixth, say been sent blank by monsieur Rouille, he was that the marsbal de Thesse arrived there on there two days before his quality was known. the twenty-ninth of last mouth, and that the That minister offered to communicate to monchevalier de Beuil was sent thither by Don sieur Heinsius the proposals wbich he had to Pedro Ronquillo with advice, that the confe- make; but the pensionary refused to see them, aerate squadron appeared before Alicant on and said, he would signify it to the states, who the seventeenth; and, having for some time deputed some of their own body to acquaint cannonaded the city, endeavoured to land some him, that they would enter into no negotiation troops for the relief of the castle; but general until the arrival of his grace the duke of MarlStanhope, finding the passes well guarded, and borough, and the other ministers of the alliance. the enterprise dangerous, demanded to capitu-Prince Eugene was expected there the twelfth late for the castle; which being granted him, instant from Brussels. It is said, that besides the garrison, consisting of six hundred regular mousieur de Torcy, and monsieur Pajot, directroops, marched out with their arms and bag- tor-general of the posts, there are two or three gage the day following; and being received ou persons at the Hague whose nanies are not board, they immediately set sail for Barcelona. known; but it is supposed, that the duke These letters add, that the march of the French d'Alba, ambassador from the duke of Anjou, and Swiss regiments is further deferred for a was one of them. The states have sent letters few days; and that the duke of Noailles was to all the cities of the provinces, desiring them just ready to set out for Roussillon, as well as to send their deputies to receive the proposithe count de Bezons for Catalonia.
tions of peace made by the court of France. The same advices say, bread was sold at
* In the absence of Mr. Bickerstaff, Mrs. Paris for sixpence a pound; and that there Distaff has received Mr. Nathaniel Broomstick's was not balf enough, even at that tate, to sup- letter. ply the necessities of the people, which reduced them to tbe utmost despair; that three
N. B. Under the signature of Nath. Broombundred men had taken up arms, and, having stick, the subsequent paper, or hints for it, plundered the market of the suburb of St. Ger might have been communicated to Steele by main, pressed down by their multitude the king's Swift, by Anthony Henley, Esq. or by Mr. Jabez guards who opposed them. Two of those inu. Hughes. See Tatler, No. ll. tineers were afterwards seized and condemned to death; but four others went to the magis- No. 11.) Thursday, May 5, 1709. trate who pronounced that sentence, and told
Quicqnid agunt homineshim, he inust expect to answer with his own
--nostri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sat, 1. 85, 86. life for those of their comrades. All order and
Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, sense of government being thus lost among Our motley paper seizes for it's theme. the enraged people; to keep up a show of au
BY ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, ESQUIRE. thority, the captain of the guards, who saw all their insolence, pretended, that he had repre
Will's Coffee-house, May 3. sented to the king their deplorable condition, A KINSMAN has sent me a letter, wherein he and had obtained their pardon. It is further informs me, he had lately resolved to write an reported, that the dauphin and dutchess of heroic poem, but by business has been interBurgundy, as they went to the opera, were rupted, and has only made one similitude, surrounded by crowds of people, who upbraided which he should be afflicted to have whully them with their neglect of the general calamity, lost; and begs of me to apply it to something, in going to diversions, when the whole people being very desirous to see it well placed in the were ready to perish for want of bread. Edicts world. I am so willing to help the distressed, are daily published to suppress these riots; that I have taken it in; but, though his greater and papers, with menaces against the govern- genius might very well distinguish lis verses ment, as publicly thrown about. Among others, from mine, I have marked where his begin. His these words were dropped in a court of Justice. lines are a description of the sun in eclipse, * France wants a Ravilliac or Jesuit to deliver which I know nothing more like than a brave her. Besides this universal distress, there is man in sorrow, who bears it as he should, witha contagious sickness, which, it is feared, will out iinploring the pity of his friends, or being end in a pestilence. Letters from Bourdeaux dejected with the contempt of his enemies; as bring accounts no less lamentable; the pea- in the case of Catu. sants are driven by hunger from their abodes
When all the globe to Cæsar's fortune bow'd, into that city, and make lamentations in the Cato alone his empire disallow'd; streets without redress.
With inboru strength alone oppos'd mankind,
With heav'n in view, to all below it blind : We are advised by letters from the Hague,
Regardless of his friends applause, or moan, dated the tenth instant, N. S. that on the sixth Alone triamphant, since he falls alone. the marquis de Torcy arrived there from Paris ;
"Thos when the Ruler of the genial day but the passport, by which he came, having Behind some darkning planet forms lois way,