Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

did institute a weekly assembly of divers worthy men at the rofe and crown ale-house, over whom inyfelf, though unworthy, did preside. Yea, I did read to them the portboy of Mr. Roper, and the written letter of Mr. Dyer, upon which we coinmuned afterwards among ourselves.

Our fociety was compoled of the following persous: Robert Jenkins, farrier ; Amos Turner, collar-maker ; George Pilcocks, late excise-man; Tiomas White, wheel wright; and myself. First, of the first, Robert Jenkins.

He was a man of bright parts and threwd conceit, for he never shoed an horle of a whig or a fanatic, but he lamed forely.

Amos Turner, a worthy person, rightly esteerned a. mong us for his fufferings, in ihat be bad been honoured in the ftocks for wearing an oaken bough.

George Pilcocks, a fufferer allo; of zealous, and laydable freedom of speech, insomuch that his occupation had been taken from bim.

Thoinas White, of good repute likewise, for that his uncle by the mother's side had formerly been lervitor at Maudlin-college, where the glorious Sacheverel was educated.

Now were the eyes of all the parish upon these our weekly councils. In a short space the minister came a. mong us ; he fpake concerning us and our councils to a multitude of oiher ministers at the visitation, and they fpake thereof unto other ministers at London, so that even the bishops heard and marvelled thereat. Moreover, Sir Thomas, member of parliament, spake of the same unto. other niembers of parliament, who spake thereof unto the peers of the realın. Lo! thus did our counsels enter into the hearts of our generals and our lawgivers ; and froin henceforth, even as we deviled, thus did they.

After this, the book is turned on a sudden from his own lite, to a history of all the public transactions of Europe, compiled from the news.papers of those time.. I coulid 1.0t comprehend the ineaning of this, till 1 perceive ed.at last, to my 10 finall astonishment, that all the mea. fures of the four last years of the Queen, together with the peace of Utrecht, which have been usxally attributed to ihe Earl of Oxford, Duke of Ormond, Lords Hare

VOL. V.

P. P. court and Bolingbroke, and other great men, do here most plainly appear to have been wholly owing to Robert Jenkins, Amos Turner, George Pilcock, Thomas White, but above all, P.P.

The reader may be sure I was very inquisitive after this extraordinary writer, whose work I have here abtracted. I took a journey into the country on purpose; but could not find the least trace of him : till by accident I met an old clergyman, who said he could not be positive, but thought it might be one Paul Fhilips, who had been dead about twelve years. And upon enquiry, all we could learn of that person from che neighbourhood, was, that he had been taken notice of for swallowing loaches, and remembered by some people by a black and white cur with one ear, that confiantly followed him, In the church-yard I read his epitaph, said to be written

by himself.

[ocr errors]

O reader, if that thou canst read,

Look down upon this stone!
Do all we can, death is a man

That never {pareth none.

THOUGHTS

THOUGHTS on VARIOUS SUBJECTS.

PAR

1. ARTY is the madness of many, for the gain of a few.

II.

There never was any party, faction, feft; or cabal whatsoever, in which the most ignorant were not the most violept : for a beo is not a bulier animal than a block. head. However, such instruments are neceifary to politicians ; and perhaps it may be with states as with clocks, which must have come dead weighit hanging at them, to help and regulate the motion of the finer and more ufeful parts.

III: To endeavour to work upon the vulgar wiol fine sense, . is like attempting to hew. blocks with a razor:

IV. Fine fenfe and esalied fenfe are not half so useful as common fenle : there are forty men of wit for one man of sense ; and he, that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of readier change

v Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful hands; in unskilful, the most mischievous..

VI: The nicest constitutions of government are often like the finest pieces of clock-work ; which depending on lo maay motions, are therefore more subject to be out of

order.

[ocr errors][merged small]

VII. Every man has just as much vanity, as he wants understanding

[ocr errors]

VIII. Modesty, if it were to be recommended for nothing else, this were enough, that the pretending to little leaves a man at ease, whereas boasting requires a perpetual la. bour to appear what he is not. It we have fense, mo. desty belts proves it to others; if we have none, it best hides our tant of it. For, as blushing will soinetimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, fo modesty may wake a fool feem a man of sense,

IX. It is not so much the being exempt froin faulis, as the having overcome them, that is an advantage to us; it be. ing with the follies of the mind as with the weeds of a field, which, if destroyed and consumed upon the place of their birth, enrich and improve it more than if none had ever sprung there.

X. To pardon those abfurdities in ourselves which we cannot fuffer in others, is neither better nor worse than to be more willing to be fools ourselves, than to bare Others fo.

XI. Aman should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in otlier words, that he is wifer to-day than he was yesterday.

XII. Our passions are like convulsion-fits, wbich, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us weaker e. ver after.

XIII. To be abgry, is to revenge the fsult of others upon ourfelves.

XIV. A brave man thinks no one his superior who does him an injury, for he has it then in his power to make himseif superior to the other, by forgiving it.

XV. To relieve the oppressed is the most glorious act a man is capable of; it is in some measure doing the business-of. God and Providence.

XVI.
Superstition is the Spleen of the soul.

XVII. Atheists put on a false courage and alacrity in the midst of their darkness and apprehensions ; like children, who wben they go in the dark will sing for fear.

[ocr errors]

XVIII An atheist is but a mad ridiculous derider of piety, but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion. He finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to do a good action; like an impudent debtor, who goes every day and talks familiarly to his creditor without ever paying

what he owes.

XIX. What Tolly lays of war, may be applied to disputing; it should be always so managed as to remember, that the only end of it is peace : but generally true disputants are like true sportlinen, their whole delight is in the pursuit ;and a disputant no more cares for the truth, than the Sportsman for the hare.

XX. The scripture, in time of disputes, is like an open town: in time of war, which serves indifferently the occasionsof both parties ; each man makes use of it for the prefent turn, and then resigns it to the next comer to do the famc.

0.3

XXI. Such

« AnteriorContinuar »