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IT may be said, without offence to other

cities of much greater consequence to the

[a] The Intelligencer was a weekly paper undertaken by the Dean and Doctor Sheridan, in 1728, of which no more than twenty numbers were ever published. The i, ii, v, vii.ix, some verses in the viii. and at the end of the x. the xv, and the xix. were written by the Dean. The v. and vii, are put together and printed as they were publifhed, by Mr. Pope, in the iv. volume of their miscellanies, under the title of An Ejay on the Fates of Clergymen. The poetry in the viii. is the dialogue between pad Mullineux and Timotby, which is printed, as it was also claffed by Mr. Pope, in vol. vi. The ix. he intitled, Ar esay on modern education, and by that name it will be found in vol. iv. the verses at the end of the x. called Tim and the Fables, are printed in vol. vii. The xv. is a pamphlet, which Dr. Sheridan, having written a short introduction, took into the Intelligena cer merely to save the labour of writing a paper. It is printed in volume x, and intitled, A Mort view of the state of Ireland. No. xix. is also a tract which has been before published by itself, and was taken into the Intelligencer for the fame reason as the for

The Dean and the Doctor foon became weary of a periodical work, in which they were disappoint.



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world, that our town of Dublin doth not want its due proportion of folly and vice both native and importedand as to those imported, we have the advantage to receive them laft, and consequently, after our happy manner, to improve and refine upon them.

But, because there are many effects of folly and vice among us, whereof some are gene. ral, others confined to smaller numbers, and others again perhaps to a few individuals i there is a fociety lately established, who at great expence have erected an office of intelligence, from which they are to receive weekly information of all important events and fingularities, which this famous metropolis can furnish. Strict injunctions are given to have the truest information ; in order to which, certain qualified persons are employed to attend upon duty in their several pofts; some at the play-house, others in churches, fome at balls, affemblies, coffee-boufes, and meetings for quadrille ; fome at the several courts of juftice, both Spiritual and temporal; fome at the college, fome upon my lord-mayor and aldermen in their publick affairs ; lastly, fome to ed of affiftance; the price was but one half-penny, and fo few were fold, that the printer could not afford to engage a young man of proper qualifications to work upon such bints as fhould be sent him, of which there were enough, and which the undertak. ers hoped thus to communicate with less labour to the publick. The Intelligencers were collected into a volume, and reprinted in England in 1730. See letter lxi, Pope's works, vol. ix.

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converse with favourite chamber-maids, and to frequent those ale-houses and brandy-bops where the footmen of great families meet in a morning; only the [6] Barracks and Parliament-House are excepted ; because we have yet found no (c] Enfans perdus bold enough to venture their persons at either. Out of these and some other fore-houses, we hope to gather materials enough to inform, or divert, or correct, or vex the town.

But as falis, passages, and adventures of all kinds are like to have the greatest share in our paper, whereof we cannot always answer for the truth; due care shall be taken to have them applied to feigned names, whereby all just offence will be removed; for, if none be guilty, one will have cause to blush or be angry; if otherwise, then the guilty person is safe for the future upon his present amend, ment, and safe for the present from all but his own conscience.

There is another resolution taken among us, which I fear will give a greater and more general discontent, and is of so singular a nature, that I have hardly confidence enough to mention it, although it be absolutely nem cessary by way of apology, for fo bold and unpopular an attempt. But lipit is, that taken a desperate counsel to produce into the world every diftinguished action either of juf:

[6) Barracks, Buildings for the lodgment of foldiers.

[0] Enfans perdus, Forlorn hope. Şec preface to the biflop of Surum's Introductions, vol, ix,

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tiče, prudence, generosity, charity, friendship, or publick spirit, which comes well attested to us. And although we shall neither here be so daring as to afsign names, yet we fhall hardly forbear to give fome hints, that perhaps, to the great difpleasure of such deserving persons,' may endanger a discovery. For we think that even virtue itself should submit to such' a mortification, as, by its visibility and example, will render it more useful to the world. But however, the readers of these papers need not be in pain of being overcharged with so dull and ungrateful a subject: And yet who knows, but such an occasion may be offered to us once in a year or two, after we have settled a correspondence round the kingdom ?

But, after all our boasts of materials fent us by our several emissaries, we may, 'probably, foon fall short, if the town will not be pleased to lend us further asliktance towards entertaining itself. The world best knows its own faults and virtues ; and whatever is sent shall be faithfully returned back, only a little'embellished, according to the custom of AUTHORS.' We do therefore demand and expect continual advertisements in great numbers to be sent to the PrinTER of this paper, who hath employed a judicious secretary to collect such as may be most useful for the Publick.

And, although we do not intend to expose our own persons by mentioning names, yet we are so far from requiring the fame caution in



our correspondents, that, on the contrary, we exprefly charge and command them, in all the facts they send us, to set down their names, titles, and places of abode at length; together with a very particular description of the perm fons, dresses, dispoptions of the several lørds, ladies, squires, madams, lawyers, gameflerin toupees, fots, witsji rakes; and informers, whom they shall have occasion to mention ; otherwise it will not be posible for us to adjust our style to the different qualities and capacities of the persons concerned, and treat them with the respect and familiarity, thatı may be due to their

stations and characters, which we are determined to observe with the utmost ftrictness, thatinóne may have cause to complain.


Ipse për omnes Ibit personas, et turbam reddet in unam. THE players having now almost done with

the comedy called the Beggar's Opera for the season ; it may be no unpleasant specula, tion, to reflect a little upon this dramatick piece, fo fingular in the subject and manner, so much an original, and which hath frequently given so very agreeable an entertainment [2].

Although an evil taste be very apt to prevail, both here and in London ; yet there is a

[d] See letters to and from Doctor Swift, printed at the end of Mr. Pope's works,

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