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pot at all question, but they will be very shortly j subject I am going upon is of the most serious gadding after these midnight gambols. There consequence, and concerns no less than the fore, to promote your own peace and quietness, peace and quiet, and (for aught I know) the very as well as mine, and the safety of all young life and safety, of every inoffensive and wellvirgins, pray order your lion to exert bis loudest disposed inhabitant of this city. Frequent notes against masquerades; I am sure it would complaints have been made to me, by men of be a perfect coneert to all good mothers, and discretion and sobriety, in most of the coffee. particularly charm the ears of
houses from St. James's to Jonathan's, that " Your faithful friend and companion, there is sprung up of late a very numerous race
• OLD RUSTISIDES.' of young fellows about the town, who have the • MOST WORTUY SIR,
confidence to walk the streets, and come into Being informed that the Eveites daily in all public places in open day-light, with swords crease, and that fig-leaves are shortly coming of such immoderate length, as strike terror into fashion ; I have bired me a piece of ground into a great many of her majesty's good suband planted it with fig-trees, the soil being jects. Besides this, balf a dozen of this frater. naturally productive of them. I hope, good nity in a room or a narrow street, are as iosir, you will so far encourage my new project, convenient as so many turn-stiles, because you as to acquaint the ladies, that I have now by can pass neither backward nor forward, until me a choice collection of fig-leaves of all sorts you have first put their weapons aside. When and sizes, of a delicate texture, and a lovely Jack Lizard made his first trip to town from bright verdure, beautifully scolloped at the ex- the university, he thought he could never bring tremities, and most curiously wrought with up with bim too much of the gentleman; this variety of slender fibres, ranged in beautiful| 1 soon perceived in the first visit he made me, meanders and windings. I have some very cool when I remember, be came scraping in at the ones for summer, so transparently thin, that door, encumbered with a bar of cold iron so you may see through them, and others of a irksomely loug, that it banged against his calf thicker substance for winter; I have likewise and jarred upon his right heel, as he walked, some very small ones of a particular species for and came rattling behind him as he ran down little inisses. So that I do not question but to the stairs. But his sister Annabella's raillery give general satisfaction to all ladies whatso-soon cured him of this awkward air, hy telling ever, that please to repair to me at the sign of him that his sword was only fit for going up the Adan) and Eve, near Cupid's.gardens. If stairs, or walking up bill, and that she shrewdly you will favour me with the insertion of this suspected he had stolen it out of the college in your Guardian, I will make your favourite,
kitchen. the Sparkler, a present of some of the choicest But to return to the public grievance of this fiu.leaves I have, and lay before her feet the city ; it is very remarkable, that these 'brothers primitiæ of my new garden; and if you bring of the blade' began to appear upon the first me a great many customers for my leaves, suspension of arms; and that since the conI promise you my figs shall be at your service. clusion of the peace the order is very much inI am, worthy Sir,
creased, both as to the number of the men, your worship's most obedient and the size of their weapons. i am informed, humble servant,
that these men of preposterous bravery, who • ANTUONY EVERGREEN, affect a military air in a profound peace, and
dare to look terrible amongst their frieods and 'N. B. I am now rearing up a set of fine fellow.citizens, have formed a plan to erect furbelowed dock-leaves, which will be exceed themselves into a society, under the name of ing proper for old women, and superannuated the Terrible Club; and that they entertain maids ; those plants having two excellent good hopes of getting the great armory. hall in the properties ; the one, that they flourish best in tower for their club-room. Upon this I have dry ground; the other, that being clothed with made it my business to inquire more partieuseveral integumenis of downy surfaces, they larly into the cabals of these Hectors; and by are exceeding warm and cherishing.'
the help of my lion, I have got such informa
tions as will enable me to countermine their No. 143.] Tuesday, August 25, 1713.
designs, together with a copy of some funda.
mental articles drawn up by three of their Quis fuit, horrendos primus qui protulit enses?
ringleaders; the which it seems, are to be Quain ferus, et verè ferreus ille fojt! Tihub. Lib. 1. Eleg. x. 1.
augmented and assented to by the rest of the Who first, with skill in human, did prodnce,
gang, on the first of January next, (if pot And teach oankind the sword's desuructive ose! timely prevented) at a general meeting in tbe
sword cutlers' ball. I shall at present (to let Himaself relentless as the mard'rous steel !
them see that they are not unobserved) conNOTWITUSTANDING the levity of the pun tent myself with publishing only the said ar. which is in the second line of my motto, the I ticles.
What sense of pity could the monster feel!
Articles to be agreed upon by the Members of great glory is neither to fear, not to be feared. the Terrible Club.
I reinember, when I was abroad, to have seen Imprimis, That the club do meet at mid
a buffoon in an opera, whose excessive cowardice night in the great arınory-hall in the tower,
never failed to set the whole audience into a (if leave can be obtained) the first Monday in loud laughter; but the scene which seemed to
divert them inost, was that in which he came Jl. That the president be seated upon a drum on with a sword that reached quite across the at the upper end of the table, accoutred with stage, and was put to fight by an adversary, a helmet, a basket-bilt sword, and a buff belt. whose stature was not above four foot high, III. That the president be always obliged tu
and whose weapon was not three foot long. provide, for the first and standing dish of the This brings to my mind what I have formerly club, a pasty of bull beef, baked in a target read of a king of Arabia, who showing a rich made for that purpose.
sword, that bad been presented to him, bis IV. That the members do cut their meat courtiers unanimously gave their opinion, that with bayonets instead of knives.
it had no other fault, but that of being too V. That every member du sit to the table, short; upon which the king's son said, that and eat with his hat, his sword, and his gloves there was no weapon too short for a brave man,
since there needed no more but to advance one VI. 'That there be no liquor drank but step to make it long enough. To this I shall rack.punch, quickened with brandy and gun-subjoin, by way of corollary, that there is no powder.
weapon long enough for a cuward, who never VII. That a large mortar be made use of for thinks himself secure while he is witbin sight a punch-bowl.
of bis adversary's point. I would therefore
advise these men of distant courage, as they In all appearance it could be no other than tender their honour, to shorteu their dimen. a member of this club, who came last week to sions, and reduce their tilters to a more repuButton's, and sat over-against the lion with table, as well as a more portable size. such a settled fierceness in his countenance, as if be came to vie with that animal in sternness of looks. His stature was somewhat low; No. 144.) Wednesday, August 26, 1713. his motions quick and smart, and might be
Sua cnique quam sit aniini cogitatio, mistaken for startings and convulsions. He
Colorqne proprias -- Phadr. Prol. Lib. v. 7 wore a broad stiff hat, cudgel-proof, with an
Every man has his peculiar way of thinking and acting. edging three fingers deep, trussed up into the fierce trooper's cock. To this was added a It is a very just, and a common observation dark wig, very moderately curled, and tied in upon the natives of this island, that in their two large knots up to his ears; bis coat was different degrees, and in their several professions short, and rich in tarnished lace; his nostrils and employinents, they abound as much and and bis upper lip were all begrimed with snuff. perbaps more, in good sense than any people ; At first I was in bopes the gentleman's friends and yet, at the same time there is scarce an took care not to intrust him with any weapon; Englishman of any life and spirit, that has not until looking down, I could perceive a sword some odd cast of thought, sume original humour of a most unwarrantable size, that hung care. that distinguisbes bim from his neighbour. lessly below his knee, with two large tassels at Hence it is that our comedies are enriched the bilt, that played about his ankles.
with such a diversity of characters, as is not I must confess I cannot help shrewdly sus- to be seen upon any other theatre in Europe. pecting the courage of the Terribles. I beg Even in the masquerades that have been lately pardon if I am in the wrong when I think, that given to the town (though they are diversions the long sword, and the swaggering cock, are we are not accustomed to) the singularities of the ordinary disguises of a faint beart. These dress were carried much farther then is usual men while they think to impose terror upon in foreign countries, wbere the natives are others, do but render themselves contemptible; trained up, as it were, from their infancy, to their very dress tells you that they are sur- those amusements. The very same measure rounded with fears, that they live in Hobbes's of understanding, the very same accomplishstate of nature, and that they are never free ments, the very same defects, sball, amongst us, from apprehensions. I dare say, if one were appear under a quite different aspect in one to look into the bearts of these cbampions, one mau, to what they do in another. This makes should find there a great tendency to go cased it as impracticable to foreigners to enter into in armour, and that nothing but the fear of a a thorough knowledge of the English, as it stronger ridicule restrains them from it. A would be to learn the Chinese language, in brave man scords to wear any thing that may which there is a different character for every give him an advantage over his neighbour; his individual word. I know not how to explain
this vein of humour 60 obvious in my country- | come in time in be extinguished. Thus we men, better than by comparing it to what the come to have more origiuals, and more that French call Le gout du terroir in wines, by appear what they are. We have more humour, which they mean the different llavour one and because every man fellows his own, and takes the same grape shall draw from the different a pleasure, perhaps a pride, to show it. On the soils in which it is planted. This national contrary, where the people are generally poor, mark is visible amongst us in every rank and and forced to hard labour, their actions and degree of men, from the persons of the first lives are all of a piece. Where they serve quality and politest sense, down to udest hard masters, they must follow their examples, and most ignorant of the people. Every me- as well as commands, and are forced upon imichanic has a peculiar cast of head and turn of tation in small matters, as well as obedience wit, or some uncommon whim, as a character in great : so that some nations look as if they istic that distinguishes him from others of his were cast all by one mould, or cut out all by trade, as well as from the multitudes that are one pattern, at least the common people in upon a level with him. We have a small-coal- one, and the gentlemen in another. They man, who from beginning with two plain seem all of a sort in their bahits, their customs, notes, which made up his daily cry, has made and even their talk and conversation, as well himself master of the whole coinpass of the as in the application and pursuit of their acgamut, and has frequent concerts of music tions, and their lives. Besides all this, ibere at his owo bouse, for the entertainment of is another sort of variety amongst us, which himself and his friends. There is a person of arises from our climate, and the dispositions it great hospitality, who lives in a plastered naturally produces. We are not only more cottage upou the road to Hampstead, and gets unlike one another, than any nation 1 kpow; a superfluity of wealth, by accommodatiog boli- but we are more unlike ourselves too, at se. day passengers with ale, brandy, pipes, tobacco, veral times, and owe to our very air some ill cakes, gingerbread, apples, pears, and other qualities, as well as many good.' small refreshments of life, and on work-days Ours is the ouly country, perbaps, in the takes the air in his chaise, and recreates him-wbole world, where every man, rich and poor, self with the elegant pleasures of the beau- dares to have a humour of his own, and to monde. The shining men amongst our mob, avow it upon all occasions. I make no doubt, dignified by the title of ringleaders, have an but that it is to this great freedom of temper, inexhaustible fund of archness and raillery; and this unconstrained manner of living, that as likewise have our sailors and watermen. we owe in a great measure, the gumber of Our very street-beggars are not without their shining geniuses, which rise up among t us peculiar oddities, as the schoolmen term them. from time to time, in the several arts and The other day a tattered wag followed me sciences, for the service and for the ornament across the Mews with one farthing or half- of life. This frank and generous disposition penny, good your honour, do your honour; and in a people, will likewise never fail to keep up í sball make bold to pray for you.'
in their minds an aversion tu slavery, and be, Shakspeare (who was a great copier of na- as it were, a standing bulwark of their liberties. ture) whenever be introduces any artisans or so long as ever wit and bumour continue, and low characters into his plays, never fails to the generality of us will have their own way of dash them strongly with some distinguisbing thinking, speaking, and acting, this nation is stain of humour, as may be seen more re not like to give any quarter to an iovadler, and markably in the scene of the grave-diggers in much less to bear with the absurdities of poHamlet.
pery, in exchange for an established and a Though this singularity of temper, which reasonable faith. runs through the generality of us, may make us seem whimsical to strangers; yet it furnishes out a perpetual change of entertainment No. 145.] Thursday, August 27, 1713. to ourselves, and diversifies all our conversations with such a variety of mirth, as is not
Jura neget sjbi nata, nihil non arroger armis. to be met with in any other country. Sir William Temple, in his Essay upon Poetry,
Scorning all jndges and all law, but arms.
Roscon mon, endeavours to account for the British humours in the following manner :
AMONGST the several challenges and letters 'This may proceed from the native plenty which my paper of the twenty-fifth has brought of our soil, the unequalness of our climate, as upon me, there happens to be one, which I well as the ease of our government, and the know not well wbat to make of. I am doubtJiberty of professing opinions and factions, ful whetber it is the archness of some wag, or which perhaps our neighbours have about them, the serious resentment of a coxcomb that vents kul are forced to disguise, and thereby may bis indignation with an insipid pertness to
Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 19.
• TIO, SWAGGER.'
either of these two lights I think it may divert sir, mine is not (hilt and all) above a foot and my readers, for which reason I shall make no a balf. I take the liberty of inclosing it to scruple to comply with the gentleman's request, you in my wig box, and shall be eternally and make bis letter public.
obliged to you, if upon sight of it, your com"OLD TESTY, Tilt-yard Coffee-honse.
passion may be so far moved, as to occasion you * Your grey bairs for once shall be your pro
to write a good word for me to my adversary, tection, and this billet a fair warning to
or to say any thing that may shame him into
you for your audacious raillery upon the digoity of reason, and save at once the life and reputation
of, long swords. Look to it for the future; consi
Sir, your most devoted slave,
TIMOTHY BODKIN. der we brothers of the blade are men of a“ long reach :" think betimes,
GOOD MR. BODKIN, “ Flow many perils do environ
The perusal of this paper will give you to The man that meddles with cold iron."
understand, that your letter, together with ' It has always been held daugerous to play the little implement you sent me in the bandwith edge-tools. I grant you, we men of valour box, came safe to my hauds. From the dimenare but awkward jesters; we know not huw siops of it I perceive your courage lies in a
parrow compass. to repay joke for joke; but then we always
Suppose you should send make up in point what we want in wit. He this bravo the fellow to it, and desire him to that sball rashly attempt to regulate our hilts, meet you in a closet, letting him know at the or reduce our blades, had need to bave a heart lock and key, for the sake of privacy. But if
same time, that you fight all your duels under of oak, as well as sides iron." much for the present. In the mean time Bilbo this proposal seems a little too rash, I shall
send my servant with your sword to the person is the word, remember that, and tremble.
offended, and give him instructions to tell him
you are a little purblind, and dare not for that This jocose manner of bullying an old man, reason trust to a longer weapon, and that an so long as it affords some entertainment to my inch in his body will do your business as well friends, is what I shall not go about to dis- as an ell. Or, if you would have me proceed courage. However my witty antagonist must yet more cautiously, my servant shall let him give me leave, since he attacks me iv proverbs, know, as from me, that he should meddle with to exchange a thrust or two with him at the his match; and that alone, if be be a man of same weapons; and so let me tell Mr. Swag. bonour, will make him reflect; if otherwise, ger, ' There is no catching old birds with chaff;'(as I am very inclinable to doubt it) you need and that 'Brag is a good dog, but Hold-fast is give yourself do farther undecessary fears; but a better.' Fore-warned, fore-armed.' Hav- rely upon the truth of my remarks upon the ing despatched this combatant, and given him terribles. I have bethought myself of one exas good as he brings, I proceed to exhibit the pedient more for you, which seems to be the case of a person who is the very reverse of the most likely to succeed. Send your own serformer: the which he lays before me in the vant to wait upon the gentleman : let him following epistle.
carry with bim your sword and a letter, in · WORTHY SIR,
which you tell bim, that admiring the magni'I am the most unfortunate of men, if you
ficence and grandeur of his weapon at Tom's, do not speedily interpose with your authority you thought it great pity so gallant a cavalier
should not be completely armed; for which in behalf of a gentleman, who hy his owu example, has for these six months endeavoured,
reason you humbly request, that you may have at the peril of his life, to bring little swords the honour of presenting him with a dagger.
I am, Sir, into fashion, in hopes to prevail upon the gen
your faithful servant, try by that means ( winning them over inch by
NESTOR IRONSIDE. inch) to appear without any swords at all. It was my misfortune to call in at Tom's last I received a letter last week from one of my night, a little fuddled, where I happened only female wards, who subscribes herself Teraminta. to point towards an odd fellow with a mon- She seems to be a lady of great delicacy, by strous sword, that made a ring round him as the concern she sbows for the loss of a small he turned upon his heel to speak to one or covering, which the generality of the sex have other in the room. Upon this peccadillo, the laid aside. She is in pain, and full of those bloody-minded villain has sent me a challenge fears which are natural in a state of virginity, this morning. I tremble at the very thought lest any, the smallest part of her linen, should of it, and am sick with the apprehension of be in the possession of a man. In compliance seeing that weapon naked, which terrified me therefore with her request, and to gratify ber in the scabbard. The unconscionable ruffian modesty so far as lies in my power, I have given desires, in the most civil terms, he may have orders to my printer to make room for he the bonour of measuring swords with me. Alas. I advertisement in this day's paper.
nour of the grandees of the forest; and since August 19. 'Whereas a modesty-piece was it is probable you may in time collect a great lost at the masquerade last Monday night, many curious records and amazing circum. being the seventeenth instant, between the stances, which inay contribute to make these hours of twelve and one, the author of this animals respected over the face of the whole paper gives notice, that if any person will put earth; I am not a little ambitious to have the it into the hands of Mr. Daniel Button, to be glory of contributing somewbat to so generous returned to the owner, it shall by her be ac.
an undertaking. If you throw your work into knowledged as the last favour, and no questions the form of chronicle, I am in hopes I may asked.
furnish out a page in it towards the latter end ‘N. B. It is of no use but to the owner.' of the volume, by a narratiou of a modern
date, which I had in the year 1700, from the
gentleman to whom it happened. No. 146.] Friday, August 28, 1713.
About sixty years ago, when the plague Primus hominum leonem mann tractare ausus, et osten for the English nation) retired to Florence. It
raged at Naples, sir George Davis (consul there dere mansuetactum, Hanno è clarissimis Panorum tra. dilir.
happened one day be went out of curiosity to Hanno, a noble Carthagenian, is reported to have been see the great duke's liuns. At the farther end, the first man who ventured to handle a lion, and bring in one of the dens, lay a lion, wbich the keepers him np tame.
in three years' time could not tame, with all The generality of my readers, I find, are so the art and gentle usage imaginable. Sir well pleased with the story of the lion, in my George no sooner appeared at the grates of the paper of the twentieth instant, and with my den, but the lion ran to him with all the friend's design of compiling a bistory of that marks of joy and transport he was capable of noble species of animals, that a great many expressing. He reared himself up and licked ingenious persons have promised me their as.
his hand, which this gentleman put in through sistance to bring in materials for the work, the grates. The keeper, affrighted, took him from all the storehouses of ancient and modern by the arm and pulled him away, begging bim learning, as well as from oral tradition. For not to hazard his life by going co near the a farther encouragement of the undertaking, fiercest creature of that kind that ever eptered a considerable number of virtuosi have offered, those deos. However, nothing would satisfy when my collection shall swell into a reason sir George, notwithstanding all that could be able bulk, to contribute very bandsomely, by said to dissuade him, but be must go into the den way of subscription, towards the printing of to bim. The very instant be entered, the lion them in folio, on a large royal paper, curiously threw his paws upon bis shoulders, and licked adorned with variety of forests, deserts, rocks, his face, and ran to and fro in the den, fawnand caves, and lions of all sorts and sizes, upon ing, and full of joy, like a dog at the sight of copper-plates, by the best hands. A rich old his master. After several embraces and salu. bachelor of Lion's-inn (who is zealous for the tations exchanged on both sides, they parted honour of the place in which he was educated) very good friends. The rumour of this intersends me word I may depend upon a hundred view between the lion and the stranger rung pounds from him, towards the embellishing of immediately through the whole city, and sir the work; assuring me, at the same time, that George was very near passing for a saint among he will set his clerk to search the records, and the people. The great duke, when he heard inquire into the antiquities of that house, that of it, sent for sir George, who waited upon his There may be no stone left uuturned to make highness to the deu, and to satisfy his curiosity, the book complete. Considering the volumes gave him the following account of what seeme that have been written upon insects and rep- so strange to the duke and his followers. tiles, and the vast expense and pains some phi
A captain of a ship from Barbary gave me losophers have been at to discover, by the help this lion when he was a young whelp. I brought of glasses, their almost imperceptible qualities bim up tame; but when I thought him too and perfections ; it will not, I hope, be thought large to be suffered to run about the house, I unreasonable, if the lion (whose majestic form built a den for bim in my court-yard; from lies open to the naked eve) should take up a that time he was never permitted to go loose, first-rate folio.
except when I brought bim within doors to A worthy merebant, and a friend of mine, show him to my friends. When he was five sends me the following letter, to be inserted in years old, in his gamesome tricks, he did some my commentaries upon lions.
mischief by pawing and playing with people.
Having griped a man one day a little too hard, SIR,
I ordered bim to be shot, for fear of incurring Since one of your correspondents bas of the guilt of what might happen ; upon this a late entertained the public with a very re- friend who was then at dinner with me, begged markable and ancient piece of history, io ho- | bim: how he came here I know not."