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LIFE of the WOMAN of the Town, Continued.
T is very common for every Covent-garden, once fo celebrated for person to praise the times its fun and fine women, is grown as dull wherein themselves were as any city ward, and its ladies of pleayoung, and imagine people fure, as vulgar and ugly, as superan
were handsomer, wirtier, nuated cinder-fifters. - All but Lucyand much more clever, while they had Lucy Cooper, indeed, still keeps it up Spirits and abilities to enjoy such quali- in the old way.
She is all and every fications; but after they are grown old, thing as formerly, altho' the needs no they are apt to fancy the times are al. trumpet to found forth her praises, she ways degenerated. However, this I has one, the has – but to pursue my formutt say, that Covent garden, ard its mer design, which was to let you know neighbourhood, is not the Covent-gar- what Covent-garden was, and what den it was when I was young ; and as it is, as far as I can in the compass of a a proof of it, I shall insert a letter I letter, I will proceed. met with by accident, which contains Formerly there were such beauties an abstract.
upon the town, as the Kitien, Bett Care.
leís, Mrs. Steward, Mrs. Howell, PegDescription of WHAT COVENT-GAR- gy Yates, Sally King, Nanny Hall, and DEN WAS, AND WHAT IT 15.
feveral more very fine, or very pretty women; then there was a house in
Charles-street, called the Field of blood, Am sick of London, and have been where the drole fellows used nightly
in it but a week; that town which to relort; and then Tom or Moil I used to hurry out of the country to King's, a coffee house fo called, and eagerly to come to, I am now prepar- which stood in the middle of the Coventing to leave ; 'tis no more like what it garden-market, was at midnight refort. was, than ideotism is to be compared ed to by all the Bucks, Bloods, Demito wisdom.
reps and Choice Spirits in London. As to the people in general, their At Ton King's you might see every whole time is spent in fruitless enquiries evening, women of the town, the most concerning things that can't concern celebrated, and dre!led as elegant, as them, or trifled away in endless dillic if to set in the stage box 21 an Opera. pations.
stvere ure al:o of niceting VOL. II.
every species of human-kind, that in- ing then in its meridian at Broughton's temperance, idleness, necessity, or cu- amphitheatre ; and our young fellows riosity could assemble together. then, instead of studying Hoyle, to know
In one of the rooms might be seen how to play a hand of cards, were a group of grave looking tie-wig wear. daily practising with the coachinan, the ers, half muzzy, eyeing aikance a poor barber and Broughton, how to manage supperless strumpet, who lay fait alleep their own hands. on the bench before them, her ragged There was then no disputes between handkerchief fallen from her neck, ex- majority and minority, no betts on popoting her bosom bare, which these old litics: no, it was only Smallwood against letchers were gloting upon.
Dimmock, Hunt and Jack James ; Then you would see Tom King en. Taylor against George, or George atering, rough as a Bridewell-whipper, gainst Jack. roaring down the long room, and rou At this time the town swarmed with fung all the sleepers, thusting them out three different sorts of oddities, some of of doors by the neck and shoulders, if which were called Clever Fellows ; some they did not immediately call for some- were called, Bold Fellows, and some thing to drink ; after he had let his very Odd Fellows. houle to rights, three or four jolly fel. Then was the cyder-cellar in Maidlows, claret elevated, would enter and en-lane in great vogue ; then Harry put it all into an uproar again ; they Hatsell, Sim Sloper, John George Cox, would drink up one person's negus,over. Bob Washburn, Harry Suinmers, Docfet another's coffee, snatch the leg of a ter Barrowby, Jemmy Taswel, Totty goose from a third, pull a fourth by the Wright, and a regiment more of frolicnose, kick a fifth's shins ; till pell mell, making and frolic-loving beings; and, higgle-de-piggle-de all the guests in the like Falstaff, were not only witty themlong room were at battle-royal together. selves, but the cause of keeping it alive
In one of the little rooms, for there in others. But the whole face of af. were two smaller or auxiliary drinking- fairs in and about the Garden are totalrooms, besides what was called the long ly changed; the fine women now are one, there it was common to have descended to street-walkers, and the half a dozen ladies scratching one ano. only houses now encouraged are those ther for the poffeffion of a man, kept by people of the most ignominious whole person they cared no more for, dil positions ; such as the Cat, where than a fexton for a dead body, except every enormity is nightly practised, for the perquisites. In the next room that Jow-bred debauch and infamous there were as many men and women ignominy can perform. keeping it jollily, making a
Where imposition, with a most stupid court there, and not heeding the next visage, grins in your face; and where room's fray; for there, riots, bowls base fawning vulgarity, waddles into breaking, shrieking, murder, and such the room, to swill the liquor about, like amulements were so comimon, that and most filthily fulsome to flatter you I have known persons fighting in one out of t'other bottle. box, and at the same time, in the box The women that live in lodgings and over against them, another company jelly.shops now, about the precincts of drinking and being merry among them- the Garden, are a set of most ignorant, felves, and not thinking it even worth offensive disease-beaten prostitutes, their while to pay any attention to the whose conversation is made up of the belligerants, so common there then grossest obscenity, too rank to be heard were such things as frays, fights and by any but coal-porters. fcufies.
These strumpets are the refuge of One reason that battles were so much suttling-tents, and sea-ports, and what in talie there, was owing to boxing be were formerly drummed out of camps
maritime towns, for infecting our sea ties; but as libidinous in their minds as and land fubalterns.
drunken satires-taugh, I can hardly. And now palm their rottennesses up- förbear spitting at their memories, wben." on the London bucks for new faces, hy I reflect of the old Goatih Dotards the help of much white-lead daubings, their vanities - their lufts—their meancarmine, tally-womens faith, and milli. nels, and wat seerns a paradox, their ners frippery, they appear like fresh prodigalities. painted festoons upon monuments, tawo They would spare no expence upon dry coverings to corruption.
the woman, wlio would gratify them in We no more meet casually with their loathsome desires, and yet would fome hearty and really jolly drole fel. be pleased if they could pay half a guilows, with whom even prudence would nea short in the reckoning. now and then forgive our setting up In both these despicable tastes did I late ; but the Town is now pestered indulge then, I suffered my person to be with a crew of 'Prentice-boys, Rakts, at their service now and then, and would and Baby-bucks; such an unripened often calt up a reckoning nine or ten set of profligates, that put even finning thillings short, and they would chuckle ; out of countenance; oaths set aukward I have seen their spectacles totter upon upon them, yet they are most terrible their pinched in noses, as they have gig. swearers, One night's drinking that- gled inwardly at my mistake, as they ters their constitutions; yet they are al- thought it, which they never would tell ways for gorging bumpers, they are for me of, but paid the bill immediately, running any body through the body One old gallant I then had, was over night at the bawdy houses; but the looked upon to be a moft covetous next day in their thops, fall down on wretch, and was so to all the world but their knees trembling, if their master me. He was the worst of husbands, shakes his cane or rattan over them. and the worst of masters to work for ;
he has made several of his manufacI am, dear Friend,
turers make away with themselves, he Your's fincerely, &c. &c. so distressed them. For his way was to
order such and such goods, and when When I left Jenny Douglass I set up the poor labouring people had near fin for myself in the snug way. I hired a nised them, pretend his orders from very convenient house in the city, with abroad wliere countermanded; that he a back-door that opened into a church- did not want the gcoils, and if they yard; and there I received company, would not iake half price for their work, but extremely private, many and many they might lay upon their hands. By a good grave customer have I had ttep this means he accumulated a ministeri. in after he has been at evening-lecture. al fortune, and his labourers perished. But it is an old saying, that if you can They could not sue him for not paybut once make the world believe you are ing them, as he set them at work - for good, you have no occasion to be fo. this I know, from my own observation, This I used to see verified by my cul- that although the EngliM laws are moit tomers, who I took care should be very excellent, they never yet sheltered the responsible people, masters of great for industrious poor from purse-proud optune and large families, and what both pression. at the court end of the town, and in the Yet this man to me was profuse; but city, were looked upon to be the most what is it that vice cannot draw money religious and most virtuous men in it. from. I was looked upon then to have
As to their virtue, if the meaning a very handsomc leg and foot, and he of that term was to be confined to chal- would make ine Itand upon the stairs tity, they were strictly virtuous, through for half an how at a iime, while he the impotency of age or bodily'infirmi- stood below me, looking at thein. How
How did I use to curse him in my heart five guineas, besides bringing me some for confining me so long in so insipid a pretty presents at every turn; and he manner ; then he would undress my feet used to vift me twice a week, only to and legs, and kiss my footsies, as he comb my bead of hair out. It was used to call them: and this was all the very long, and a very fine bright aufamiliarity he ever thought proper to burn colour ; thus would set employing make use of with me; but I was always himself for an hour, and then take his obliged to sup with him, and he made leave -- this man was one of the richest me feed him, as it he was a baby. He men in 'Change-alley, and one of fo payed very dear for the fatigues he gave barbarous a temper, that he suffered his me; I abhored him, but he was rich ; only son to perish in the Marshalsea-priand I, as a true whore, considered son, because the young man had mar. money as the first principle of all things. ried an unportioned young lady of ex
I had another, who was in the com- traordinary merit, against the old fel. mission, and a mighty severe man a. low's content. gainst strumpets and street-walkers; and I dare not stain the paper with those he would, when he visited me, which enormous scenes of superannuated dewas generally upon a Sunday evening, bauchery, that I have been, much a. at his return from the evening lecture, gainst my will, an eye-witness to.. I which he used to go to at the church was a prostitute, an avaritious postitute, close to which my house stood, for the and for money luffered men to posless conveniency of stealing in at my back my person, though I despised them; door--to so good a purpose did he dedi- yet hypocrisy taught me to be submissive cate his religion.
to my patrons, to those who were so la. Then he would repeat his speech that vilh of their presents to me. he made at feilions, or veftry, or hall, Yet in this was I worfe than the geand I was obliged to liear all his ha- nerality of the world ? I am sure, if we ranguing against the licentivusness of look among the majority of mankind, the age, and the debaucheries and vices, and examine into the origin of many and rebellious principles of the nation ; equipages, many estates, and many pre and that it was a mame the English miums and preferments, shall we not Mould have any liberty, since they only find, that leveral of the posielsors obinade use of it to fly in their fuperiors tained thule luxuries by prontitution.faces; that no people but rich folks I could, if I dare, mention fome names, could be great folks ; and no body but who now hold their heads very high, fuch great folks, could be judges of any and are greatly stared at, who owe all thing. Then he talked to me about their advancement to their ineanness; neconomy, and how proper it was at and if they had not been the most vile, this juncture to set about a reformation would never have been *********. of manners ; and that passive obedience Business began to encrease so fast, I was what ought to be inculcated among was obliged to look out for a lady to all ranks of people.
I visited a particular and a God help mo; I was indeed forced tried friend, told her my scheme of with him to show paflive obedience, bringing her into to be partners with which I derested, but he made me great me; she was overjoyed at my propopresents, and therefore it was worth my fal, and next day came to live with me. while once a week, I thought, to en During my residence in this house, I dure him in bed with me for an hour, admitted no young fellows to visit me; as to enjoyment, as I never expected it no man under forty stepped over my, from himn, I was never deceived, for he threshold, as a guest. I knew the dan. only would teize me, and pretend to ger of suffering youth to indulge themfondle me, and such pieces of unsatis, felves in any licentiousness, they were fying folly.
proud of making it a parade; while, I had a third gallant; who gave me
on the contrary, I had a staid demure ed him to introduce me to fome clubs, set of old impotent gallants, who that he frequented at the taverns. altho' they were as wicked as 'twas pors : He very readily agreed to pilot me aa sible for vice to contrive, yet wore fuch mong thein, he said, but lie laughed at a ceremonious sanctity, were reputed my scheme, and told me the more. I such good, pious and chaste men, that conversed with men, the less I laould ada they were as much afraid of being dil- mire their understandings ; and that if covered as I could be.
I expected to meet with men of even But what astonished me was, that common sense among the evening parthese old fellows, who were looked up- ties, I should be terribly disappointed ; on as wise men among one another, and for interest, vanity, or intemperances, I sometimes read their names in the totally have subverted a regular way of news-papers, concerned in works of con- thinking, and a just way of acting a sequence, or being elected to consider mong mankind. about affairs of importance, and yet I I had told my elderly visitors I was ever found them men of weak intel. going out of town for a week, and lects, persons of uneven, very uneven leaving my house in the trust of a lady minds, and the sense which they had, that I could confide in, I began my greatly overbalanced by folly and im- travels, along with the guide I had potent passions.
pitched upon. I could not reconcile to myself, how We went the first evening into the men in public should appear of such city to a very noted tavern, and where I consequence in their understandings, saw one or two faces, who were now and yet in private be but drivellers. — and then vilitors to me. Before supper I knew they were not wise men, and I was served in, there was nothing said, could not guess by what legerdemain I thought, worth attending to; one and finefle they could palm themselves as told us about a hurt he had got in his sages upon the rest of the world. ankle, another how far his horse trotted
Wrinkled, chop-fallen, blear-eyed, with him, another gave us a lecture and broken-winded, with hamtrem. on the national debt, all talkers, few. bling gait, and gouty.legs, they would hearers. After the cloth was taken suffer me to praise them, they would away, and two or three toasts drank, believe me when I told them they look. which I wonder men are not ashamed ed comely and healthful, that they among one another to propose ; how were grown young again, that they had can they keep each other in coudfine fpirits, and had strong constitutions; tenance, and yet what is so common, nay, I have persuaded men of fixty to and at the same time what is fo.vulgar. dress like boys of 16, and have their I foon grew fick of this set, who, full buckled bobs new made with bag. while they continued sober, were dull; wig fronts to them.
and as they grew drunk, were made Certainly I thought to myself, that The next evening I was brough this phrase of being a man of sense is a mong a set of geniuses, jolly.dogs, and cant term, and not a title that people damnd bigh fellows, as they called deserve to whom it is generally given; themselves; but these jolly dogs, I or that there is a great deal of common found to be the saddett dogs I ever be place, or mechanical methods in what fore conversed with. is called wisdom. I wanted to be satis. We went to Comuss-court, as they fied, I had often dressed myself in men's called it, to one Jack Speed's, White cloaths- I was easy in them I pro- horse, Fetter-lane, where these very cured me a suit with surtout, and high humourists were to assemble that boots, and drelled like a country man, I evening. When we took our seats, and called upon a gentleman, an old ac I had once or twice looked round the quaintance of mine, told him what I room, and examined the inany persons wanted to be satisfied about, and request