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do not so much as know the names of. After a shout flourish, the curtain was drawn up, and we were presented with the most extraordinary assembly of ngures that ever entered into a man's imagination. The design of the workman was so well expressed in the dumb show before us, that it was not hard for an Englishman to comprehend the meaning of it.
* The principal figures were placed in a row, consisting of seven persons. The middle figure, which immediately attracted the eyes of the whole company, and was much bigger than the rest, was tormed like a matron, dressed in the habit of an elderly woman of quality in Queen Elizabeth's days.
The most remarkable parts of her dress were, the beaver with the meeple crown, the scarf that was darker than sable, and the lawn apron that was whiter than ermin. ller gown was of the richest black velvet, and just upon her heart studded with large diamonds of an inestimable valuc, disposed in the form of a cross. She bore an inexpressible chearfulher and dignity in her aspect; and, though she aremed in years, appeared with so much spirit and vivacity, an give her at the same time an air of old age and immortality. I found my heart touched with No much love and reverence at the sight of her, that the tears run down my face as I looked upon her ; and till the more I looked upon her, the more my het win melted with the sentiments of tilial tendernew and dury. I discovered every moment something mo charining in this figure, that I could scarce take my eyes oll' it. On its right-hand there sat the dipure ot'll woman 0 covered withi ornaments, that lier face, luar boddy, and her hands, were almost enlicly hid under licin. The little you could see of hier face wiimpuin.ed; and, what I thought very odd, luud something in it like artificial wrinkles; but I Was the Icos ou prized at it, when I saw upon her forehead an old fashioned tower of gray-hairs. Her headdress rose very high by three several stories or degrees; her garments had a thousand colours in them, and were embroidered with crosses in gold, silver, and silk. She had nothing on, so much as a glove or a slipper, which was not marked with this figure; nay, so superstitiously fond did she appear of it, that she sat cross-legged. I was quickly sick of this tawdry composition of ribbands, silks. and jewels, and therefore cast my eye on a dame which was just the reverse of it. I need not tell my reader, that the lady before described was Popery, or that she I am going to describe is Presbytery. She sat on the left-hand of the venerable matron, and sa much resembled her in the features of her countenance, that she seemed her sister ; but at the same time that one observed a likeness in her beauty, one could not but take notice, that there was something in it sickly and splenetic. Her face had enough to discover the relation; but it was drawn up into a peevish figure, soured with discontent, and overcast with melancholy. She seemed offended at the matron for the shape of her hat, as too much resembling the triple coronet of the person who sat by her. One might see likewise, that she dissented from the white apron and the cross; for which reasons she had made herself a plain homely dowdy, and turned her face towards the sectaries that sat on her lefthand, as being afraid of looking upon the matron, lest she should see the harlot by her.
“ On the right-hand of Popery sat Judaism, rea presented by an old man embroidered with phylaca teries, and distinguished by many typical figures, which I had not skill enough to unriddle. He was placed among the rubbish of a temple; but, instead of weeping over it, which I should have expected
from him, he was counung out a bag of money upon the run it.
++ (n hir: ki-bard was Deism, or Natural Re. Dision, 14,14 * .* a t re ot an hali-naked aukward country weich, w ), with proper ornaments and education, w it ble de an agreeable and beautiful appearance; tui, for want of ibore advantaget. Was such a spectacle as a man wouid blush to look uşon.
"I have now," continued my friend, “ given you an account of those who were placed on the righthand of the matron, al who, according to the ordes in which they cat, were Deism, Judaism, and Popery. On the left-band, as I told you, appeared Presbytery. The next to her was a figure which somewhat puzzied me; it was that of a man lookiny, with horror in his eyes, upon a silver bason filled with water. Observing something in his countenance that looked like lunacy, I fancied at first, that he was to express that kind of distraction which the physicians call the hydro-phobia ; but congidering what the intention of the show was, I immediately recollected myself, and concluded it to be Anabaptism.
so'l be next figure was a man that sat under a most profound composure of mind He wore an bat whose bruids were exactly parallel with the horizon. His garinent had neither sleeve nor skirt, nor so much as a superfluous button. What they called his cravat, was a little piece of white linen quilled with great exactness, and hanging below his chin about i wo inches. Seeing a book in his hand, I asked our artist what it was; who told me it was • The Quaker's Rcligion ;' upon which I desired a sight of it. Upon perusal, I found it to be nothing but a new-fashioned grammar, or an art of abridging ordinary discourse. The nouns were reduced to a very small number, as the Light, Friend, Babylon. The principal of his pronouns was thou; aid as for you, ye, and yours, I found they were not looked upon as parts of speech in this grammar. All the verbs wanted the second person plural ; the paticiples ended all in ing or ed, which were marked with a particular accent. There were no adverbs besides yea and nay. The same thrift was observed in the prepositions. The conjunctions were only hem! and ha! and the interjections brought under the three heads of sighing, sobbing, and groaning.
“ There was at the end of the grammar a little nomenclature, called, "The Christian Man's Vocabulary,” which gave new appellations, or, if you will, Christian names, to almost every thing in life. I replaced the book in the hand of the figure, not without admiring the simplicity of its garb, speech, and behaviour
“ Just opposite to this row of religions, there was a statue dressed in a fool's coat, with a cap of bells upon his head, laughing and pointing at the figures that stood before bim. This ideot is supposed 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 araong us, who are called Atheists and Infidels by others, and Free-thinkers by themselves.
" There were many other groupes 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 inquired 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
lier time I believe may have been a North-British warming-pan, brought us up a dish of North-British collops. We liked our entertainment very well; only we observed the table-cloth, being not so fine as we could have wished, was North-British cloth. But the worst of it was, we were disturbed ail dinnertime by the noise of the children, 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 Yardt, about which place most of us live. We had indeed gone a-fcot, 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.
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“ N. R." See if this letter be conformable to the directions given in the Tauer abovementioned.
“To Isaac BICKERSTAFF, Esquire. "Sir,
Kent, Nov. 22, 1710. "A gentleman in my neighbourhood, who bappens to be brother to a lord, though neither his faiher nor grandfather were so, is perpetually making use of this phrase, a person of my quality.' He has it in bis mouth fifty times a-day, to his labourers, his servants, his children, his tenants, and his neighbours. Wet or dry, at home or abroad, drunk
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