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to keep ne'er a Male-Servant in his House under Six® ty, and to hang up the Picture of the Deltruction of Sodom in his Bed-chamber, ad refricandam Memoriam, and to teach his Children to swear as soon as they can Греаk.

Item, The Doctor promises, that he will never offer to attack, either in Bed or Couch, Joint-stool or Table, the Body of the aforesaid Mrs. Margaret Wells, a parte post, but to comfort, refresh, and relieve her, a parte ante; giving the aforesaid Mrs. Margaret Wells, in Cafe he offend after that Manner, full Leave to make herself Amends before, as the pleases. As also on a second Trespass, to burn his Peace-maker ; however, with this Proviso, that whenever the aforesaid Mrs. Margaret Wells happens to be under the Dominion of the Moon, that is to say, whenever it is Term-Time with the aforesaid Mrs. Margaret Wells, then the above mention'd Doctor shall have full Power, Liberty, and Authority, to enter the Westminster-Hall of her Body at which Door he pleases. This last Clause was not obtain'd, 'rill after a stiff Dispute on the Doctor's Part, who threatend to break off, if it were deny'd him. The other Articles, as less considerable, I pass over, to come to the main Business in Hand, the Marriage.

On the 17th of this present August, the Doctor, being new wafh'd and trimm'd, with a large facers dotal Rose in his Hat, and all his other Clergy Equi. page, came to the House of an Anabaptist

: Teacher in the City ; where, in the Face of a numerous ACfembly, consisting of all sorts, Divifions, and Subdivisions of Protestants, he was marry'd to Mrs. Mar.

The Doctor was observ'd to be very inerry all Dinner-time; and the largest Part of his Face, meaning his Chin, mov'd notably. There stood right over against him a mighty Sirloin of Beef, to which he shew'd as litele Compassion as he did the Jesuits in the Time of the Plot. After Dinner, Six Fifth-Monarchy.Men, larded with as many Vol. IV.

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garet Wells.

Ranters,

Ranters, danc'd a Spiritual Jig, and twelve SireetSingers of Israel employ'd their melodious Quail-pipes all the while. Bui Madam Salamanca (for so we must now call her) seem'd not to be minch affected with this Diversion, but look'd very disconfolate and

melancholy; One of the Sisterbood alk'd, Why on - a Day of Rejoycing the express'd so much Sorrow in lier Looks? To which Madam Oates, afcer a deep Sigh or two, ansier'd,

That the very much doubted, like the Staffordshire Miller, thac mounted King Charles after the Worcester Fight upon one of his Mill-Horses, whether the should be able to bear thie Weight of the Preferver of three Nations.

Thus the Time was agreeally spent 'rill Ten, and then the bell rung for Prayers; and then his Spouse, after the laudable Custom of England, being gone before, the Doctor resolutely marchi'd to the Place of Execution. There was no Sack-Poffet, nor Throwing the Stocking ; both those Ceremonies eing look'd upon as fuperftitious, and Things of mere human Invention. 'rbe Bed continu'd in a trembling Fit most Part of the Night ; for 'tis not doubled but the Doctor acquitted himself manfully, since the good Woman has already assur'd her Midwife, that the Doctor fought out all his Fingers, and she began to find an Alteration in her Conftitution. An Aftrono. mer in Moorfields has been consulted upon this Occasion, and he foretels it will be a Boy ; which has made the Doctor very bufy among the Hebrew Roots, to find out a proper Name for his Son. I am

Your Servant,

THO. BROWN.

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A SUPPLEMENT to the Works of

Mr. THO. BROWN, Profe and Verse, the greatest Part never before printed.

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To Sir John Sands, againft keeping

of Misfresses.

From the Crown.

E are at the Tavern, and have your Cafe

under our present Consideration. :"Tis W concluded on all Hands, that you can

neither justify your present Way of living to your self, nor yet to the Puba'

lick; which ought to be of some Regard with all Lovers of their Country. You are god into the modern Foppery of Keeping ; and behold what are the Sentiments of this honourable Board about it.

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who you know is a Poet, deliver'd himself in the Language of his Profeflion. He maintain'd, that whatever the wicked World thought to the contrary, a Miss was as much inferior to a Wife, as the Pindaric Mufe is to the Epic ; that one is a Whore without Stays, whereas the other is a civil well-bred Person, that always wears them. Mr.

who is likewise a Son of Parnaffus, desir'd me to tell you, that a Miss and a Wife differ only as a fingle Epigram, and a large Collection of Poems, viz, that a Man sooner rids his Hands of one, than the other. But that, as Martial has long ago declar'd his Opinion in the latter Cafe,

Quid prodeft brevitas, dic mihi, si liber eft,

that is to say, What the Plague is a Man the better for the Shortness of a Diftich, if he obliges himself to read' a whole Cart-load of them ; so he desires to know where lies the mighty Advantage of a Whore above a lawful Spouse, if the Spark keeps constant to her; and if he does not, where is the sense of keeping her in Pay. Mr.

express’d himself against the predominant Sin of Keeping, to this Effect: Of all the Vices the present Age is to answer for, nothing comes near it ; and

yet the Sots make merry with Marriage, which is full as ridiculous as if Dr. Chamberlain should laugh at the Bank of England for paying People in Paper. If Marriage is expensive, Keeping is certainly more, and with lefs Pretence. Lknew, says he, a Gentleman that lov'd Gaming as he did his Eyes. One Night he lost a hundred and fifty Guineas at the Groom- Porter's ; when he came Home, he found his Lady in the Parlour, with two Candles burning before her : Lord! Wife, says he, what a strange Extravagance is this ; two Candles lighted at a Time, and House-keeping so chargeable ? But he forgot, ic seems, what his shaking of his Elbows had coft him

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that Evening.

This is the Case of all Keepers : What our Church-men charge the Disfenters with, is actually true of them; they startle at a Gnat, but they can swallow an Elephant. '

Right, says Harry Keeping is the greatest Solecism a Man of Pleasure can commit : If the Gallant is true to his Mistress, it has all the Phlegm, and if he is fond of her, all the Expence of Matrimony. In fiort, I have an equal Aversion to Marriage and Keeping. They differ only like Holborn and Cornbill : Both are Streers. But to do Sir Jolin Justice, the latter is nothing near so long as the former. That is as it happens, cries vertuous Mr.

.; for I can Mew you several Persons about the Tour that parted fairly with their wives before the first Month was over, and yet could endure to cohabit with their Harlots many Years. But Imagination governs all these Matters. For my Part, I think of Women as I do of Books, the finest of both Sorts will hardly endure a thorough Examination. If they find more Favour than this, they may thank the courteous Reader for it, who sees more in them than they deserve. I remember I took Mr. Waller and Sir John Denhan last Vacation down with me into the Country; I read them over, and what was a Consequence of that, I was weary of them. You may laugh at me for a Man of a vicious Palate; lut I can't help that. Before I came to Town, I was glad to borrow Wesley's exécrable Poem of the Parfon of the Parilhi, only for Variety.

Tho I am not wholly of your opinion, says Mr.

to him, yet I agree with you, that Keeping is Nonsense all over, and that for a Reason which none of you have yet affign'd. Wootton's Definition of an Embassador, in Part, belongs to him. Legatus eft vir bonus ad mentiendum foris Reip. gratia. And a Keeper is a good Man, to maintain a pretty Woman in fine Cloaths, handsome Lodg

ings,

Sir Henry

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