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or sober, angry or pleased, it is the constant burden of his style. Sir, as you are Censor of Great-Britain, as you value the repose of a loyal county, and the reputation of my neighbour, I beg you will take this cruel grievance into your consideration; else, for my own particular, I am resolved to give up my farms, 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, Sir, your most obedient and languishing servant, &c."
Let this be referred to the Court of Honour.
- MR. BICKERSTAFF, “ I am a young lady of a good fortune, and at present invested by several lovers, who 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
Let me therefore beg of you, dear Mr. Bickerstaff, to lend me your Ithuriel's spear, in 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 doth this lady think her lover will appear in? or what symptoms will he bea tray of his passion upon being touched ?
2. 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 acknowledgement of the eminent service you have
done myself in particular, and the whole body of chaplains, I bope, in general. Coming home on Sunday about dimver-time, I found things strangely altered for the better; the porter smiled in my face when he let me in, the toolman bowed to me as I passed him, the steward shook me by the hand, and Mrs. Beatrice dropped me a courtesy 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 bis 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 barm; do not 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 mcaning of this total transformation : but my lord soon put an end to my admiration, hy shewing me a Paper that challenged you, Sir, for its author ; and rallied me very agreeably on the subject, asking me, " Which was best handled, the lord or bis chaplain ?' I owned myself to think the banter sharpest against ourselves, and that there were triling matters, not fit for a philosopher to insist on. His lordship was in so good a bumour, that he ordered me to return big thanks with my own: and my lady joins in the same, with this one exception to your Paper, that the chaplain in her family was always allowed minced pyes from Alllallows to Candlemas. I am, Sir, “ Your most obliged, humble scrvant,
“ T. W." Requires no answer.
Oxford, Nov. 27. “ I have read your account of Nova Zembla with great pleasure, and have ordered it to be transcribed in a little hand, and inserted in Mr. Tonson's late edition of Hudibras. I could wish you would furnish us with more notes upon that author, to fill up the place of those dull annotations with which several editions of that book have been incumbered. I would particularly desire of you to give the world the story of Taliacotius, who makes a very eminent figure in the first Canto ; not having been able to meet with any account of the said Taliacotius in the writings of any other author. I am, with the most profound respect, the most humble of your admirers,
« Q. Z.” To be answered next Thursday, if nothing more material intervenes.
“ Mr. CENSOR, “ In your survey of the people, you must have observed crowds of single persons that are qualified to increase the subjects of this glorious island, and yet neglect that duty to their country. In order to reclaim such persons, I lay before you
this proposal, “ Your most obedient servant,
Th. Cl.*". This to be considered on Saturday next.
do not so much as kyow the names of. After a shout flourish, the curtain was drawn up, and we were presented with the most extraordinary assembly of figures that ever entered into a man's imagination. The design of the workman was so well expressed in the dunib show before us, that it was not bard 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 wbole company, and was much bigger than the rest, was formed 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 steeple crown, the scarf that was darker than sable, and the lawn apron that was whiter than ermin. Her gown was of the richest black velvet; and just upon her heart studded with large diamonds of an inestimable value, disposed in the form of a cross. She bore an ivexpressible chearfulness and dignity in her aspect; and, though she scemed in years, appeared with so much spirit and vivacity, as gave her at the same time an air of old age and immortality. I found my heart touched with so much love and reverence at the sight of lier, that the tears rau down my face as I looked upon her ; oud still the more I looked upon ber, the more my beart was moted with the sentiments of tilial tendera ness and duly. I discovered every moment something so charining in this figure, that I could scarce take my eyes off it. On its right-havd there sat the figure of a woman xo covered withi ornaments, that ber face, lier body, and her hands, were almost entirely hid under then. The little you could sce of her face wam pais ed; and, what I thought very odd, had something in it like artificial wriukles; but I was the less suprized 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 so 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 resem bling 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, rear presented by an old man embroidered with phylacteries, 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