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Chap. II. The character of John Bull's fifter Peg, with the
quarrels that happened between Master and Miss in their
bi r viewing and examining drugs and medicines 296
By Mr Pope and Mr Gay.
MEMOIRS of the extraordinary Life,
Works, and Discoveries of MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS.
INTRODUCTION to the READER.
N the reign of Queen ANNE, (wlich, notwithstand
ing those happy times which succeeded, every English: man may remember), thou may'it poflibly, gentle reader, have seen a venerable person who frequented the outside of the palace of St. James's, and who, by the gravity of his deportment and habit, was generally taken for a decayed gentleman of Spain. His ftature was tall, his vj. Tige long, bis complexion olive, his brows were black, and even his eyes hollow, yet piercing, his nose inclined to aquiline, his heard neglected and mixed with grey. All this contributed to spread a solemn melancholy over his countenance. Pythagoras was not more filent, Pyrrho more motionlefs, nor Zeno more austere. His wig was as black and smooth as the plumes of a raven, and hung as strait as the hair of a river-god rising from the water. His cloak so completely covered his whole perfon, that whether or no he had any other cloaths (much less any linen) under it, I shall not say; but his sword appeared a full
yard beliind him, and his manner of wearing it was fo stiff, that it seemed grown to his thigh. His whole figure was so utterly unlike any thing of this world, that it was not natural for any man to ask him a question without blefling himself first. Those who never saw a Jefuite, iook him for one, and others believed him fome High. Priest of the Jews.
But under this macerated form was concealed a mind replete with science, burning with a zeal of benefiting liis fellow-creature, and filled with an honest conscious pride, mixed with a scorn of doing or suffering the least thing beneath the dignity of a philofopher. Accordingly, he lad a foul that would not let him accept of
any offers of Vol. V.