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The right honourable gentleman, there. cution of measures for which he was refore, in resigning them, did no more than sponsible, tho' he did not concur in them, recur to that principle of free-agency nay tho' he opposed them; or he must which every Briton will with to enjoy. by his backwardness have put a clog upon Had he kept them he might have been re- public business, which might have been duced to the disagreeable alternative of be- detrimental to the nation. ing obliged either to put them to the exe

An ESSAY on the Pleasures of the Table, among the Greeks.

TF we consider the writings of the an. If a licentious sentiment dropped from

cients, so far as they relate to their any mouth, any thing that infringed upon manners, we shall not find them less wore the decent liberty of the table, the offence thy of our attention, than those which was not passed without'a tacit and proper treat of their wit and knowledge. The two reprimand, by turning the conversation celebrated banquets of Plato and Xeno- upon some point of morality, which hinted phon are elegant models of the innocent at, or displayed it in proper colours. This pleasures of their festal board, and plainly position is proved by the behaviour of Sopoint out what kind of entertainment was crates, who at the banquet of Xenophon, there constantly to be found. It was by perceiving his friends inclined to make conversations like these, equally learned rather too free with the bottle, delivered and moral, that the pleasures of the cable himself elegantly upon the excellency of were rendered useful, and that great lie drinking with moderation. centiousness and forgetfulness of decorum, “Liquor," said this great light of antiwhich too often grew upon a long ficting, quity, “has the same effect upon us, as were happily corrected. A review of rain has upon plants, beneath which, when . these, and of our modern conversations, exceffive, they fiok oppressed, nor can speaks much in behalf of the manners of they rise to the fostering breeze : but antiquity, and argues but little in our fa- if lightly sprinkled, they acquire new vour. Instead of this sensible elegance, strength ; they thrive apace, the flower so pleasing to every truly generous mind, blooms upon the strong stalk, and at length we enjoy nothing but inebriating drenches matures into fruit: thus it is with us. If of wine, followed by that destructive cor- we drink excessively, we not only find oor roder of human happiness, play, that bodies heavy and languid ; but we can harpy which corrupts the whole mass, if it scarcely breathe, much less express ourtouch but a particle of the blood. It seems felves intelligibly : whereas, let us drink beyond a doubt, that by the help of such our wine, to use a saying of Gorgias, as conversation, as is in reality the life and plants imbibe the dews; let us take it foul of a rational creature, the pleasures of often, but always in small quantities ; inthe Greek board far surpassed ours, which stead of oppressing with violence, it will is but too often, and almost always gross and warm with persuasion, and give spirit to inelegant. In Athens eight or ten people of keep alive the utile et dulce of conversafashion were afsembled round the table of a tion.” common friend for some hours; their bu. In this sense did Horace mean to speak finess was not drinking, but amusement: of Cato, in saying that he strengthened his and of what nature was their amusement ? virtue with a measure of wine. Narratur It conifted not of the briskly circulated et priscilatoris fæpultero caluisse virtus. glass, the high seasoned toast, or obscene I t will, undoubtedly, be objected by sentiment; but of discourses the freest, the those who have attentively perused the most unconstrained, social, and polithed; banquet of Plato, that the conversation is the most learned, and the most folid. They often very licentious; that from love, were such as became philosophers and which is the subject, are deduced many men ; such as, to their fame be it spoken, maxims, far from being consistent with are little cultivated among the professors of the gravity of the wise men who affifted at the pureit, the inspired doctrine, Chrif. this celebrated repast. The answeris obvitianity,

pus to a few moments reflection ; here we


526 An infiance of the extraordinary Fortitude of Captain Douglas, &c. Britisa find the immortal Socrates, as the wisest of have only presented us with the fruits of the assembly, when the conversation falls their refined imagination : but is it not doto his turn, nobly reproving and correcting ing more justice to these celebrated orna. the licentiousness of his companions; and ments of human nature, and not at all less infenfibly altering their love for creatures probable to suppose, they served up to us into that of the Sovereign Creator. Com- the banquet of their own times as it was, pany such as this, after long fitting, rose and of which the witnesses were many; from table greater friends, if possible, than and more ro, as we find them generally when they met, not only more instructed, attentive to a real exhibition of the manbut more virtuous. It may indeed be said, ners of the age on which they reflected that in these banquets Plato and Xenophon such lustre?

Merhed for confiderably increasing the projectile Force of Fufils, Piftols, or Fire-Arms,

in general. Communicated to the Dutch Society of Arts and Sciences at Haarlem, by Lieutenant-general Creutznach.

TAKE one ounce of marjoram feeds, it round all the while, that the feeds may

drop on it thirty drops of petroleum, move about in the like manner; let the thirty drops of antimony, and ten drops barrel continue red hot for about a quarter of balsam of sulphur; mix the whole of an hour, then giving over blowing or thoroughly, so that every fingle seed be encreasing the fire, leave it to cool Nowly, impregnated with the moisture, then let as the fire dies away. Let the inside of the feed dry in a very hot sun-fhine ; and the barrel be thoroughly cleansed and when thoroughly dried, take about the smoothed with a linen rag, at the samo quantity of a common charge of powder time not neglecting the outside ; and this for a furil, pour it into the barrel intend- is the whole process of preparing a barrel ed to be prepared, having first stopped the for an increase of its range. touch-hole with an iron pin or wire; this. This preparation, it must be observed, being done, stop the mouth of the bar retains its efficacy a long time, provided rel with a wooden stopple of some length, the piece be not fired too often at one and carefully see that it be fo close as to time, or in too quick fucceffion, which exclude all air. Now the hinder part of heating it too much, diminishes its action, the barrel, (where, instead of powder, lay Another neceffary document is, that, to the feeds thus desiccated) is put into a coal foot at a short distance with a piece which fire to the length of full eight inches has recently undergone this operation, it and lowly heated; the fire must be blow. must be pointed, op aim taken, much ed till the end of the barrel, to the pre- lower than at a greater distance. fcribed length, be red hot, Nowly turning

An Infiance of the extraordinary Fortitude of Captain Douglas, a Sea Oficer ir

the Reign of Charles II.

LJ Aving seen lately in the papers, an ac- Charles being at war with the States of It count of the honour and antiquity of Holland, the Dutch had advanced with fix the name and family of Douglas, and of men of war and five fireships as high as some great men descendants thereof, it Upnore-Castle, but being pretty roughly brought to my remembrance one hero of handled by major Scott, who commanded the name, who, though not mentioned in therein, and Sir Edward Spragge, from that account, deserves as much to be re- the opposite shore, they foon returned corded, as any branch of that or any other back. In their return, however, they family; the person I mean, is captain burnt the Royal Oak, a very fine (hip, and Douglas, who commanded the Royal Oak captain Douglas in her. This gallant of man of war, in Charles the Second's reign. ficer had received orders to defend his thip; which he did with the greatest resolution, Cowley, before he died, celebrate captain though against such superior numbers ; but Douglas's death, who stood and burnt having none to retire, he chose to burn in one of our thips at Chatham, when the rather than live to be reproached with soldiers left him, because it should never having deserted his command. The great be said, a Douglas quitted his post withSir William Temple, in a letter to lord out order. Whether it be wise in men to Lille, speaks of Captain Douglas, in the do such actions or no, I am sure it is ro following terms.--..“I could have been in States to reward them.” gład (says Sir William) to have seen Mr.

Proceedings of the Court of Claims, held in the Green Rooms of borb · Theatres : relating to the Coronation Procession, exhibited at the said

Theatres. M R . Johnson of Spital-fields, hair T he chief orange women at both houfes

M plush-weaver, claimed to furnith their claimed the fame. majesties and the Nobility with Beggar's Not allowed.-- there being enough in the velvet for the coronation robes. Al.' companies. lowed.

Mrs. Ogle, of Covent Garden market, · Mr. Janeway, leather-gilder, claimed green grocer, claimed to represent the to furnim the laces for the coronation King's berb woman, with fix of her basket. robes. Allowed.

women for her attendants. Not allowed. · Mr. Hughes, currier, claimed to furnish Mr. Garrick claimed to represent any the catskin fpotted with black cows bides thing, as being fit for any character. No for the ermine. the rest of the actors. Mr. Ellison, woollen-draper, claimed to Mr. Ross claimed a right of precedency furnith the white flannel spotted with black before any other actor. Allowed at Coworfted for the same purpose. Both al. vent-Garden. lowed.

Mr. Foote claimed to take off or put on Mr. Blakes, actor and peruke-maker, the semblance or fimilitude of any person, claimed to furnith the full bottoms and A. Allowed.--to represent the King's berb donis's to be worn in the procession. cl. woman in the character of Mrs. Cole. lowed---his own only : Counter-claimed by Mr. Wilkinson claimed the same. Al. the Thopkeepers of Middle-row. Allowed. lowed... to take off Mr. Foote.

Mr. Bootie, brafier and tin-man, claimed Mr. Holland claimed to rank as repreto furnith the brass and tin coronation- sentative of the representation represented medals. Allowed.--to be paid in his own by Mr. Garrick. Allowed.

Mr. Macklin claimed to represent any Mrs. Salmon, of Fleet-ftreet, claimed to of the nobility, becaufe be looks like a Lord, represent the coronation dinner in wax. Not allowed. work. Not allowed.

Mr. Macklin claimed to represent the Mr. Burchell, toyman, claimed to repre. whole Scotch nobility. Allowed-- he having sent the same in painted wood. Allowed. done it in Love a la mode.

Mr. Anderton, small beer brewer, Mr. Marten claimed to represent the claimed to furnish the coronation with Lord Mayor of London. Allswed---as the bortled small beer to represent Champagne, fattest man in the company. Allowed.

Mr. Redman counterclaimed the fame. Mrs. Eastsmith, of Bow-street, Covent- Not allowed---but allowed to represent aa Garden, Matron, claimed to furnith the Alderman. king's herb-woman with six virgins. Mrs. Yates, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Palmer, Not all wed.

Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Bellamy, Miss Pope, Mr. Harrison, of the Rose-tavern, &c. &c. &c. each of them severally for claimed the fame.

herself claimed to represent the Queen, as Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Noble, Mrs. Gathings, being the prettiest woman in the compaMolly, Bob Derry, &c. &c. &c. claimed ny. Na alowed-by one another, the same.



Mr. Blakes claimed to represent the The horse, in Perseus and Andromeda, Duke of Aquitain or Normandy, being claimed to represent the Champion's horse, used to take off foreigners. Allowed. Not allowed---as a flying one.

Mr. Pritchard claimed to represent the The horse, in Harlequin Sorcerer, Lord Treasurer.

claimed the same. Not allowed--- as a stand Mr. Grey claimed to represent the Lord fill one. High Constable. Borb allowed.

The horses in Bayes's new-raised troops Mr. Shuter claimed to represent any claimed the same. Not allowed.--as being drell character. Allowed---a bishop, or a used to rear up on their hind-legs. judge.

Alexander's horse, in the Italian opeThe Harlequins at each house claimed ra, claimed the same. A gelding niet alto open their mouths in any part of the lowed. procefsion, in which they might speak The thunderers of both houses claimed without meaning. Allowed--the Herald's to represent the Park and Tower guns. part, that proclaims the king's titles. Allowed,

Mr. Sheridan claimed to mark it for The trap-door engineers claimed to see them, and teach them where to lay the the procession in their respective offices proper empbafis. Allowed.

under ground, especially as the peereffes Counterclaimed at Covent-Garden thea- passed over their heads, ---with other Li. tre, by the Manager,

Lerties--- Allowed.--the sigbt only. Mr. Bransby claimed to represent the Their majesties, peers, peeresses, Bi. Champion, as being the tallest man in the claimed to have a dinner. Allowed, in part company.

only---that is, two slices of ham for their Mr. Bencraft, of Covent Garden, claim. majefties, the pinion of a fowl for the ed the fame, for the same reason. Bab queen, and a drumstick for the royal allowed.

confort---The rest, to represent eating. The Champions claimed to have the car. Mr. D...s, actor and Bookseller, claimed vas suit of armour, usually worn by the to print the ceremonial of the procession, ghost in Hamlet. Allowed.

and that no other person do presume to · The Champions claimed to carry off the print the same. Allowed--to print the Cup as the usual perquisite. Not allowed.- ceremonial of the proceffion, and that it being wanted to poison the queen in, no other person do presume to print the Hamlet, &c.

same. ,

Part of a Letter from Mr. J. Hippisley, dated at Cape Coast Castle, rela

rive to a young Black, that was a fer-vant in London about two Years ago, and proved to be the son of the Prince of Anamaboo.

THE father of Anthony the young provide for himself, for that he would

prince had for some years past made never see or hear of him any more. He a great noise about his son's not being has kept his word ; and the poor lad brought back to him, and threatened to owes his substance to the charity of seize all the English vefsels and effects he a Dutch gentleman, settled upon that could meet with. He took for granted part of the coast. He behaves very well, his son was dead, and rejoiced at the op- I am told, and wishes earnestly to go portunity of gratifying his 'avarice ; for back to England. This, however, (I am as to revenge it was out of the question : sorry to tell you, and the gentleman who he would not have given fix-pence to save seems so concerned for him) can never the life of any child he had ; and when be: no captain dare to take him home, the arrival of Anthony deprived him of as he would become answerable for all a pretext to put in practice his intended the dagmages his father might do to the seizures, nothing could exceed his rage English trade. Such is the fate of poor at the disappointment. His son became Anthony, and such a dog is the father! the object of his hatred. He barely spoke You will, doubtless, be surprized, that to him, and this was only to tell him to paternal affection should not fubfift even


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