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sbarp allusions an appeal to the ill-natured. But mean and illiterate is that conversation, where one man exercises his wit to make another exercise his patience.
ADVERTISEMENT. Whereas Plagius has been told again and again, both in public and private, that he preaches excellently well, and still gocs on to preach as well as ever, and all this to a polite and learned audia ence: this is to desire, that he would not bercafter be so eloqucnt, except to a country congregation ; the proprietors of Tillotson's Works having consulted the learned in the law, whether preaching a sermon they have published, is not to be construed publishing their copy?
Mr. Dogood is desired to consider, that his story is severe upon a weakness, and not a folly.
N°270. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1710.
Cum pulebolo tunicis cumet nova consilia et spes.
HOR: 1 Ep. xviii. 33.
From my own Apartment, December 29. According to my late resolution, I take the holidays to be no improper scason to entertain the town with the addresses of my correspondents. In my walks every day there appear all round me very great offenders in the point of dress. An armed taylor had the impudence yesterday in the Park to smile in my face, and pull off a laced hat to me, as it were in contempt of iny authority and censure. However, it is a very great satisfaction that other people, as well as myself, are offended with these improprieties. The following notices, from persons of different sexes and qualities, are a sufficient instance how useful my Lucubrations are to the public.
“ Jack's Coffee-house, near Guildhall, Dec. 27. « Cousin BickeRSTAFF, “ It has been the peculiar blessing of our family to be always above the smiles or frowns of fortune, and, by a certain greatness of mind, to restrain all irregular fondnesses or passions. From hence it is, that though a long decay, and a numerous descent, have obliged many of our house to fall into the arts of trade and business, no one person of us has ever made an appearance that betrayed our being unsatisfied with our own station of life, or has ever af fected a niien or gesture unsuitable to it.
“ You have up and down in your writings very justly remarked, that it is not this or the other profession or quality among men that gives us honour or esteem, but the well or ill behaving ourselves in those characters. It is, therefore, with no small concern, that I behold in coffee-houses and public places my brethren, the tradesmen of this city, put off the smooth, even, and antient decorum of thriving citizens, for a fantastical dress and figure, improper for their persons and characters, to the utter destruction of that order and distinction, which of right ought to be between St. James's and Milk-street, the Camp and Cheapside."
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“ I have given myself some time to find out how distinguishing the trays in a lot of musline, or drawing up a regiment of thread laces, or making a panegyric on pieces of sagathy or Scotch plad, should entitle a man to a laced hat or sword, a wig tied up with ribbands, or an embroidered coat. The college say, this enormity proceeds from a sort of delirium in the brain, which makes it break out first about the head, and, for want of timely remedies, tall upon the left thigh, and from thence, in little mazes and windings, run over the whole body, as appears by pretty ornaments on the buttons, buttonholes, garterings, sides of the breeches, and the like. I beg the favour of you to give us a discourno wholly upon the subject of habits, which will contribute to the better government of conversation among us, and in particular oblige, Sir,
Your affectionate cousin,
Felix TRANQUILLUR," “ To Isaac BICKERSTAFF, Esquire, Censor of
GREAT BRITAIN, * The humble Petition of Ralph Nar, Haber
dasher of Hats, and many other poor Sufferers of the same Trade,
“ Sheweth, “ That for some years last past the use of gold and silver galloon upon lats has been almost universal; being undistinguishably worn by soldiers, exquires, lords, footmen, beaux, sportkineni, traders, clerks, prigs, smarts, cullics, pretty fellown, and sharpers.
"That the said use and custom has been two ways very prejudicial to your petitioners. First, in that it has induced men, to the great damage of your petitioners, to wear their hats upon their heads; by which means the said hats last much longer whole, than they would do if worn under their arms. Secondly, in that very often a new dressing and a new lace supply the place of a new hat, which grievance we are chiefly sensible of in the spring-time, when the company is leaving the town; it so happening commonly, that a hat shall frequent, all winter, the finest and best assemblies without any ornament at all, and in May shall be tricked up with gold or silver, to keep company with rustics, and ride in the rain. All which
premisses your petitioners humbly pray you to take into your consideration, and either to appoint a day in your Court of Honour, when all pretenders to the galloon may enter their claims, and have them approved or rejected, or to give us such other relief as to your great wisdom shall seem meet.
And your petitioners, &c." Order my friend near Temple-bar, the author of the hunting-cock, to assist the court when the petition is read, of which Mr. Lillie to give him notice. “ To ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, Esquire, Censor of
GREAT BRITAIN. r. The humble Petition of ELIZABETH SLENDER,
Spinster, « Sheweth, “ That on the twentieth of this instant December, her friend, Rebecca Hive, and your petitioner, walking in the Strand, saw a gentleman before us in a gown, whose periwig was so long, and so much powdered, that your petitioner took notice of it, and said, “she wondered that lawyer would so spoil a new gown with powder.' To which it was alla
swered, that he was no lawyer, but a clergyman.' Upon a wager of a pot of coffee we overtook bim, and your petitioner was soon convinced she bad Jost.
“ Your petitioner, therefore, desires your wor. ship to cite the clergyman before you, and to settle and adjust the length of canonical periwigs, and the quantity of powder to be made use of in them, and to give such other directions as you shall think fit.
And your petitioner, &c." Query, Whether this gentleman be not chaplain to a regiment, and, in such case, allow powder accordingly?
After all that can be thought on these subjects, I must confess, that the men who dress with a certain ambition to appear more than they are, are much more excusable than those who betray, in the adorning their persons, a secret vanity and inclina. tion to shine in things, wherein, if they did succeed, it would rather lessen than advance their character. For this reason I am more provoked at the allegations relating to the clergyman than any other hinted at in these complaints. I have indeed a long time, with much concern, observed abundance of pretty fellows in sacred orders, and shall in due time let them know, that I pretend to give ecclesiastical as well as civil censures. well-bred and well-dressed in that babit, adds to the sacredness of his function an agreeableness not to be met with among the laity. I own I have spent some evenings among the men of wit of that profession with an inexpressible delight. Their habitual care of their character gives such a chastisement to their fancy, that all which they utter