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upon his head, laughing and pointing at the
. I figures that stood before him. This ideot is sup. posed to say in his heart, what David's fool did some thousands of years ago, and was therefore designed as a proper representative of those among us who are called Atheists and Infidels by others, and Free-thinkers by themselves.
“There were many other groups of figures which I did not know the meaning of; but seeing a collection of both sexes turning their backs upon the company, and laying their heads very close together, I enquired after their religion, and found that they called themselves the Philadelphians, or the family of love.
“In the opposite corner there sat another little congregation of strange figures, opening their mouths as wide as they could gape, and distinguished by the title of the Sweet-singers of Israel.
" I must not omit, that in this assembly of wax, there were several pieces that moved by clockwork, and gave great satisfaction to the spectators. Behind the matron there stood one of these figures, and behind Popery another, which, as the artist told us, were each of them the geuius of the person they attended. That behind Popery re- > presented Persecution, and the other Moderation, The first of these moved by secret springs towards a great heap of dead bodies that lay piled upon one another at a considerable distance behind the principal figures. There were written on the foreheads of these dead men several hard words, as Præ-Adamites, Sabbatarians, Camaronians, Mug. gletonians, Brownists, Independents, Masonites, Camisars, and the like. At the approach of Persecution, it was so contrived, that as she held
up her bloody fag, the whole assembly of dead men, like those in the Rehearsal, started up, and drew their s.words. This was followed by great clashings and
noise, when in the midst of the tumult; the figure of Moderation moved gently towards this news army, which, upon her holding up a paper in her, hand, inscribed Liberty of Conscience, immer diately fell into a heap of carcases, remaining in the same quiet poşture that they lay at first." 27
+ " " } , 2 : 1, No. 958. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1710.!
From my own Apartment, December I. When a man keeps a constant table, he may be allowed sometimes to serve up à cold'dish of meat, or toss up the fragments of a feast into a ragoust
. "I have sometimes, in a scarcity of provisions, been obliged to take the same kind of liberty, and to entertain my reader with the leavings of a former treat. I must this day have recourse to the same method, and beg my guests to sit down to a kind of Saturday's dinner. To let the metaphor rest, I intend to fill up this påper with a bundle of letters relating to subjects on which I have formerly treated, and have ordered my y bookseller to print at the end of each letter, the minutes with which I indorsed it, after the first perusał of it.
" To Isaac BICKERSTAFFE, Esq. szins)
No. 29, 1710. DINING yesterday with Mr. South-British, and Mr. William North-Briton, two gentlemen, whoi before your ordered it atherwise, werer known by the namesoof Mr. English-ı qd Mao William Scotp among other things, the maid of the house (who in her time I believe may have been a North British warming-pan) brought us up sa dish bof North-British collops. We liked our entertainment very well
, only we observed the table-cloth, 1 being not so fine as we could have wished, waso Northe British cloth: but the worst of it was, we were disturbed all dinner-time by the noise of the child dren, who were playing in the paved court at North-British hoppers; so we paid our North Briton sooner than we designed, and took coach to North-Briton yard, about which place most of us live. We had, indeed, gone a foot, only we were under some apprehensions lest a North-British mist should wet a South-British man to the skin.
“ We think this matter properly expressed, according to the accuracy of the new style settled by you in one of your late papers. You will please to give your opinion upon it to, " Sir,
“ Your most humble servants,
" J. S.
6 M. P. is ook N. R."
1 See if this letter be conformable to the directions given in the Tatler abovementioned.
وقررة يوم :
- To Isaac BICKERSTAFFE, Esq.
Kent, Nov. 2%, 1710. 194. A gentleman in my neighbourhood," who happens to be brother to a lord, though neither his
grandfather were so,"is perpetually making use of this phrase," A persomof-my quality" He has lit in his mouth fifty times a day, to his labourers, his servants, his children, his tenants, and his neighbours. Wet or dry, i at home or abroadjs drunk or sober, angry or pleased, it is the constanti:burthent of this style. Sir, as you are eensor of Great Britain, as you value the repose of a loyal country, iand the reputation of my neighboun, I beg yourwill take this cruel grievance into yout consideration, else, for my own particular, I ant resolved to give up my farm, sell my stock, and remove with my wife and seven children next spring to Falmouth or Berwick, if my strength will permit me, being brought into a very weak condition. I am, with great respect,
* Let this be referred to the court of honour.
16 MR. BICKERSTAFFE, “ I am a young lady of a good fortune, and at present invested by several lovers, wlro lay close siege to me, and carry on their attacks with all possible diligence. I know which of them has the first place in my own heart, but would freely cross my private inclinations, to make choice of the man who loves me best, which it is impossible for me to know, all of them pretending to an equal passion for me. Let me therefore beg of you, dear Mr. Bickerstaffe, to lend me your
lend me your Ithuriel's spear, cini order to touch this troop. of rivals; after which I will most faithfully return it to you again, with the greatest gratitude.
“I am, Sir, &c."
Query 1. What figure this lady doth think her lover will appear in? Or what symptoms he will betray of his passion upon being touched?
Whether a touch of her fan may not have the same efficacy as a touch of Ithuriel's spear?
Great Lincoln's-Inn-Square, Nov. 29. “ HONOURED SIR, “ GRATITUDE obliges me to make this public acknowledgment of the eminent service you have done myself in particular, and the whole body of chaplains (I hope) in general. Coming home on Sunday about dinner-time, I found things strangely altered for the better: the porter smiled in my face when he let me in, the footman bowed to me as I passed him, the steward shook me by the hand, and Mrs. Beatrice dropped me a curtsey as she went along. I was surprized at all this civility, and knew not to what I might ascribe it, except to my bright beaver and shining scarf, that were new that day. But I was still more astonished to find such an agreeable change at the table : my lord helped me to a fat slice of venison with his own hand, and my lady did me the honour to drink to me. I offered to rise at my usual time, but was desired to sit still, with this kind expression: Come, doctor, a jelly or a conserve will do you no harm; don't be afraid of the desert.'. I was so confounded with the favour, that I returned my thanks in a most aukward manner, wondering what was the meaning of this total transformation : but my lord soon