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Light, and let him know how much all his Dost figur'll arras animated leave,
Spin a brighit story, or a passion weave; tiends were out of countenance for him. The
By mingling threads, canst mingle shade and light, women sat in terror of hearing something that Delineate triumphs, or describe a fight? should shock their modesty, and all the gentle. Well, what shall this workman do? why, to men in as much pain out of compassion to the show how great an hero the poet intends, he ladies, and perhaps resentinent for the indig provides him a very good horse : oity wbich was offered in coming into their
Champing his foam, and bounding on the plain, presence in so disrespectful a manner. Wine Arch bis bigb neck, and graceful spread his mane. made him say nothing that was rude, therefore
Now as to the intrepidity, the calm courage, he is forgiven, upon condition he never will
the constant application of the hero, it is not hazard his offending more in this kind. As I just now hinted, I own myself
of the “ Society in the lump, bid him you employ raise him as
necessary to take that upon yourself: you may, for Reformation of Manners." instruments than those of the family of Bick. I high as he can; and if he does it not, let hir erstaff for punishing great crimes and expo
answer for disobeying orders. sing the abandoned. Therefore, as I design Let fame and victory in inferior sky to have notices from all public assemblies, I
Ilover with balanc'd wings, and smiling fly
Above his head, &c. shall take upon me only indecorums, impro. prieties, and negligences, in such as should A whole poem of this kind may be ready give us better examples. After this declaration, against an ensuing campaign, as well as a space if a fine lady thinks fit to giggle at church, or lest in the canvass of a piece of tapestry for the a great beau come in drunk to a play, either principal figure, while the under-parts are workshall be sure to hear of it in my ensuing paper; ing; so that in effect, the adviser copies after for, merely as a well-bred man, I cannot bear the man he pretends to direct. This method these enormities.
should, methinks, encourage young beginners; After the play, we naturally stroll to this for the invention is so fitted to all capacities, coffee-house, in hopes of meeting some new that hy the help of it a man may make a repoem or other entertainment among the men ceipt for a poem. A young man may observe, of wit and pleasure, where there is a dearth at that the jig of the thing is, as I said, finding present. But it is wonderful there should be out all that can be said in his way whom you so few writers, when the art is become merely employ to set forth your worthy. Waller and mechanic, and men may make themselves great Denham had worn out the expedience of " Adthat way by as certain and infallible rules as you vice to a Painter:" this author has transferred may be a joiner or a mason. There happens the work, and sent his Advice to the Poets; a good instance of this in what the hawker that is to say, to the Turners of Verse, as he bas just now offered for sale, to wit, Instruc-calls them. Well, that thought is worn out tions to Vanderbank: A Sequel to the Advice also; therefore he directs his genius to the to the Poets : A Poem, occasioned by the glo- loom, and will bave a new set of bangings in rious success of her Majesty's arms under the honour of the last year in Flanders. I must command of the Duke of Marlborough, the last own to you, 1 approve extremely this invention, year in Flanders." | Here you are to under-and it might be improved for the benefit of stand that the author, finding the poets would manufactory: as, suppose an ingenious gentle cot take his advice, troubles himself no more man should write a poem of advice to a Calico about them; but bas met with one Vander- printer; do you think there is a girl in Eng bank, I who works in arras, and makes very land that would wear any thing but the “Tak good tapestry hangings: therefore, in order to ing of Lisle," or, “ The Battle of Oudenarde:” celebrate the hero of the age, he claps toge- They would certainly be all the fashion until ther all that can be said of a man that makes the heroes abroad had cut out some more pathangings:
terns. I should fancy small skirmishes might
do for under-petticoats, provided they had a Tnen artist, who does natare's face express
siege for the upper. If our adviser were well In silk and gokil, and scenes of action dress;
imitated, many industrious people might be
put to work. Little Mr. Dactile, now in the “This Society began in 1690 ; an account of the pro
room, who formerly writ a song and a half, is miss made in snppressing profaneness and debauchery by a week gone in a very pretty work, upon this
means was published yearly. The last account is from hint: he is writing an epigram to a young Dec. 1737 to Dec. 1738. The total number of persons prosecuted by this Society, in or near London, during these virgin who kuits very well (it is a thousand forty-four years, is calculated at about 101.683, &c." Such pities he is a jacobite;) but his epigram is by as are curious, may see a foller account of it, in Stow's Sur way of advice to this damsel, to knit all the vey of London, edit. 1755, vol. i. p. 144.
actions of the pretender and the duke of Bur+ By Sir Richard Blackmore. Sec Spect. Nos. 6. 339. Tat. No. 14. contains a very proper apology for this raillery: gundy's last campaign in the clock of a stock
: This man was inuitable in his way; no persou ever re. ing. It were endless to enumerate the many presented nature more happily in works of tapestry. hands and trades that may be employeul hy
ngets, of so useful a turn as this adviser. I No. 4.] Tuesday, April 18, 1709.
Quicquid agunt homines-
postri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sat. i. 85, 80. custom-house, in order to propose what tax Whale'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, may be proper to be put upon knives, seals, Our motley paper seizes for its theme. P. rings, bangings, wrought beds, gowns, and pet- 'It is usual with persons who mount the ticoats, where any of these commodities bear stage for the cure or information of the crowd - mottoes, or are worked upon poetical grounds. about them, to make solemn professions of theit
St. James's Coffee-house, April 15. being wholly disinterested in the pains they Letters from Turin of the third instant, N.s. take for the public good. At the same time, inform us, that bis royal highness * employs those very men who make barangues in plush all his address in alarming the enemy, and doublets, and extol their own abilities and
geperplexing their speculations concerning bis
nerous inclinations, tear their lungs in vending real designs the ensuing campaign. Contracts a drug, and show no act of bounty, except it are entered into with the inerchants of Milan be, that they lower a demand of a crown to six, for a great number of mules to transport his nay, to one penny. We have a contempt for provisions and ammunition. His royal high
such paltry barterers, and bave therefore, all ness has ordered the train of artillery to be along informed the public, that we intend to conveyed to Susa before the twentieth of the give them our advices for our own sakes, and Dext month. In the mean time, all accounts
are labouring to make our lucubrations come agree, that the enemy are very backward in
to some price in money, for our more convenient their preparations, and almost incapable of de- support in the service of the public. It is cerfending themselves against an invasion, by rea
tain, that many other schemes have been proson of the general murmurs of their own peo- posed to me; as a friend offered to show me a ple; which, they find, are no way to be quieted whole Art of Life ; or, The Introduction to
treatise he had writ, which be called, “The but by giving them hopes of a speedy peace. great Men, illustrated in a Pack of Cards. Wben these letters were despatched the marshal de Thesse was arrived at Genoa, where he But, being a novice at all manner of play, I bas taken much pains to keep the correspond: want of money, to set up my coach, and prac,
declined the offer. Anotber advised me, for ents of the merchants of France in hopes that measures will be found out to support the credit tise physic; but, having been bred a scholar, I and commerce between that state and Lyons :
feared I should not succeed that way neither, but the late declaration of the agents of Mon- therefore, resolved to go on in my present prosieur Bernard, that they cannot discharge the ject. But you are to understand that I shall demands made upon them, has quite dispirited not pretend to raise a credit to this work upon all those who are engaged in the remittances 'Latin sentence in the title-page informs you,
the weight of my politic news only, but, as my of France.
shall take any thing that offers for the subject From my own Apurtment, April 15. of my discourse. Thus, new persous, as well as It is a very natural passion in all good mem- new things, are to come under my considerabers of the commonwealth, to take what care tion; as, when a toast or wit is first pronounced they can of their families. Therefore, I hope such, you sball bave the freshest advice of their the reader will forgive me, that I desire he preferment, from me, with a description of the would go to the play called, the Stratagem,t beauty's manners, and the wit's style; as also, this evening, which is to be acted for the bene- in whose places they are advanced. For this fit of my near kinsman Mr. John Bickerstaff.: town is never good-oatured enough to raise one I protest to you, the gentleman bas not spoken without depressing another. But it is my de. to me to desire this favour; but I have a re- sign to avoid saying any thing of any person spect for him, as well in regard to consan
which ought justly to displease; but shall enguinity, as that he is an intimate friend of that deavour, by the variety of the matter and style, famous and heroic actor, Mr. George Powel; to give entertainment for men of pleasure, withwho formerly played Alexander the Great in all out offence to those of business.” places, though he is lately grown so reserved, While's Chocolate-house, April 18. as to act it only on the stage.ll
All hearts at present pant for two ladies only,
who have for some time engrossed the domi• Prince Eugene.
nion of the town. They are, indeed, both ex-
1 A real player of that name.
thing extraordinary in any one of those par.
ticulars, but the whole woman irresistible: Cla formance was done iu Italian; and a great critic rissa looks languishing; Chloe killing: Clarissa fell into fits in the gallery, at seeing, not only never fails of gaining admiration; Chlue of time and place, but languages and nations conmoving desire. The gazers at Clarissa are at fused in the most incorrigible manner. His first unconcerned, as if they were observing a spleen is so extremely moved on this occasick fine picture. They who behold Chloe, at the that he is going to publish a treatise agains first glance discover transport, as if they met operas, which, he thinks, have already inclined their dearest friend. These different perfecus tu thoughts of peace, and, if tolerated, must tions are suitably represented by the last great infallibly dispirit us from carrying on the war. painter Italy bas sent us, Mr. Jervas. Clarissa He has communicated bis scheme to the whole is by that skilful band placed in a manner that room, and declared in what manner things o looks artless, and innocent of the torments she this kind were first introduced. He has upos gives; Chloe is drawn with a liveliness that this occasion considered the nature of sound shows she is conscious of, but not affected with, in general, and made a very elaborate digresher perfections. Clarissa is a shepherdess, Chloe sion upon the London Cries, wherein he has a country girl. I must own, the design of Chloe's shown from reason and philosophy, why oysters picture shows, to me, great mastery in the are cried, card-matches sung, and turnips an painter; for nothing could be better imagined all other vegetables neither cried, sung, nor than the dress he has given her of a straw-hat said, but sold, with an accent and tone neither and a ribbon, to represent that sort of beauty natural to man nor beast. This piece seems to which enters the beart with a certain fami-be taken from the model of that excellent disliarity, and cheats it into a belief that it has course of Mrs.Manlyt the school-mistress, conreceived a lover as well as an object of love. ceruing samplers. Advices from the upper end The force of their different beauties is seen also of Piccadilly say, that May-fair † is utterly in the effects it makes on their lovers. The abolished; and we hear Mr. Penkethman has admirers of Chloe are eternally gay and well-removed his ingenious company of strollers to pleased: those of Clarissa, melancholy and Greenwich. But other letters from Deptford thoughtful. And as this passion always changes say, the company is only making thither, and the natural man into a quite different creature not yet settled; but that several heathen gods from what he was before, the love of Chloe and goddesses, which are to descend in macbines, makes cuxcombs; that of Clarissa, madmen. landed at the King's-bead Stairs last Saturday. There were of each kind just now in this room. Venus and Cupid went on foot from thence to Here was one that whistles, laughs, sings, and Greenwich; Mars got drunk in the town, and cuts capers, for love of Chloe. Another has broke his landlord's head, for which he sat in just now writ three lines to Clarissa, then the stocks the whole evening ; but Mr. Pen. taken a turn in the garden, then came back kethman giving security that he should do no. again, then tore his fragment, then called for thing this ensuing summer, he was set at lisome chocolate, then went away without it. berty. The most melanchuly part of all was,
Chloe has so many admirers in the house at that Diana was taken in the act of fornicapresent that there is too much noise to pro- tion with a boatman, and committed by justice ceed in my narration; so that the progress of Wrathful; which has, it seems, put a stop to the loves of Clarissa and Chloe, together with the diversions of the theatre of Black beath. the bottles that are drunk each night for the But there goes down another Diana and a Pa. ove, and the many sighs which are uttered, tient Grizzel next tide from Billingsgate. and songs written on the other, must be our It is credibly reported, that Mr. 1)- yg nas subject on future occasions.
agreed with Mr. Penkethman to have his play
acted before that audience as soon as it has had Will's Coffee-house, April 18. its first sixteen days run in Drury-lane. Letters from the Hay-market inform us, that
St. James's Coffee-house, April 18. on Saturday night last the Opera of Pyrrhus and Demetrius was performed with great ap.
They write from Saxony, of the thirteenth plause. This intelligence is not very acceptable instant, N. S. that the grand general of the to us friends of the theatre ; Aor the stage be- crown of Poland, was so far from entering into ing an entertainment of the reason and all our a treaty with king Stanislaus, that he had writ. faculties, this way of being pleased with the
* John Dennis, who criticised the tragedy of Cato, &c. suspense of them for three hours together, and
+ See iu Dr. King's Works, vol. ii. 8vo. edit. 1776, “ An being given up to the shallow satisfaction of Essay on the invention of Samplers, by Mrs. Arabella Manly, the eyes and ears only, seems to arise rather school-mistress at Ilackuey." from the degeneracy of our understanding, thau
1 See the presentment of May Fair by the Grand Jary of
Westminster, an, 1708, in Stow's Survey, &c. edit. 6. 1755 ; an iinprovement of our divisions. That the vol. ii. p. 178. It was entirely abylished in the year 1709 understanding has no part in the pleasure is Shepherd's-market, near Corzon-street, was built on the spot evident, from what these letters very positively where it was held, and the sorrounding district is styled
. assert, to wit, that a great part of the per. 5 Tour D'Urfey.
ten circular letters, wherein he exhorted the minister has entered into a firm league with Palatines to join against him; declaring that the ablest and best men of the nation, to carry this was the most favourable conjuncture for on the cause of liberty, to the encouragement asserting their liberty.
of religion, virtue, and honour. Those persons Letters from the Hague of the twenty at the belın are so useful, and in themselves, bird instant, N. S. say, they have advices from of such weight, that their strict alliance must Vienna which import that his electoral bigb. needs tend to the universal prosperity of the ess of Hanover bad signified to the imperial people. Camillo,* it seems, presides over the tourt, that he did not intend to put himself at deliberations of state ; and is so big valued the head of the troops of the empire, except by all men for his singular probity, courage, more effectual measures were taken for acting affability, and love of mankind, that his being vigorously against the enemy the ensuing cam placed in that station bas dissipated the fears paign. Upon this representation, the emperor of that people, who of all the world are the has given orders to several regiments to march most jealous of their liberty and happiness, and towards the Rbine; and despatched expresses the least provident for their security. The b the respective princes of the empire to de- next member of their society is Horatio, t ire an augmentation of their forces.
who makes all the public despatches. This These letters add, that an express arrived at minister is master of all the languages in use, fe Hague on the twentieth instant with ad. to great perfection. He is held in the highest rice that the enemy having made a detach- veneration imaginable for a severe honesty, and ment from Tournay of fifteen bundred horse, love of his country: he lives in a court unsulEach trooper carrying a foot soldier behind him, lied with any of its artifices, the refuge of the n order to surprise the garrison of Alost; the oppressed, and terror of oppressors. Martio : alies, upon notice of their march, sent out a has joined himself to this council; a man of
troog body of troops from Ghent, wbich en- most uvdaunted resolution, and great knowgaged the enemy at Asche, and took two hun-ledge in maritime affairs; famous for destroydred of them prisoners, obliging the rest to ing the navy of the Franks, li and singularly retire without making any further attempt. happy in one particular, that he never preferred On the twenty-second in the morning, a feet a man wbo bas not proved remarkably serviceof merchant ships, coming from Scotland, were able to bis country. Philander $ is mentioned attacked by six French privateers, at the en- with particular distinction ; a nobleman who trance of the Meuse. We have yet no certain has the most refined taste of the true pleasures advice of the event; but letters from Rot- and elegance of life, joined to an indefatigable terdam say, that a Dutch man-of-war of furty industry in business ; a man eloquent in assemguns, which was convoy to the said feet, was blies, agreeable in conversation, and dexterous taken, as were also eighteen of the merchants. in all manner of public negotiations. These The Swiss troops in the service of the States letters add, that Verono, 1 wbo is also of this bave completed the augmentation of their re-council, has lately set sail to his government of spective companies. Those of Wirtemberg and Patricia, with design to confirm the affections of Prussia are expected on the frontiers within a the people in the interests of his queen. This few days; and the auxiliaries from Saxory, as minister is master of great abilities, and is as also a battalion of Holstein, and another of industrious and restless for the preservation of Wolfenbuttle, are advancing thither with all the liberties of the people, as the greatest eneexpedition. On the twenty-first instant the my can be to subvert them. The influence of deputies of the States had a confer ce near these personages, who are men of such distinWoerden, with the president Rouille ; but guished parts and virtues, makes the people the matter which was therein debated is not enjoy the utmost tranquillity in the midst of made public. His grace the duke of Marl. a war, and gives them undoubted hopes of borough and prince Eugene continue at the a secure peace from their vigilance and inteHague.
grity. From my own Apartment, April 18.
ADVERTISEMENT. I have lately been very studious for intel. ligence, and bave just now, by my astrological tioners, &c. this Paper may be had of them,
Upon the humble petition of running staAying post, received a packet from Felicia,* for the future, at the price of one penny.* an island in America, with an account that gives me great satisfaction, and lets me understand, that the island was never in greater Lord John Somers, President of the Council. prosperity, or the administration in so good
+ Sidney, Earl of Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer.
1 Edward Russel, Earl of Orford. hands, since the death of their late glorious
| At La Hogne, in 1692. kivg. These letters import, that the chief
William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, Lord Steward
Thomas, Earl of Wharton, Lord Lieutenant of Irela: * In this allegorical paper, by Felicia is meant Britain. ** The preceding papers had been given gratis.
of the Household.
No. 5.) Thursday, April, 21, 1709.
his real character is, a little thief that squints ·
for ask Mrs. Meddle, who is a confident of Quicqnid agunt homines nostri est farrago libelli. Jur. Sat. i. 85, 86. spy upon all the passions in town, and she wil
tell you that the whole is a game of cross purWhate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream,
P. Our motley paper seizes for its theme.
poses. The lover is generally pursuing one who
is in pursuit of another, and running from one White's Chocolate-house, April 20.
that desires to meet him. Nay, the nature of • Who names that lost thing, love without a lear,
this passion is so justly represented in a squintSince so debauch'd by ill-bred customs bere?
ing little thief (who is always in a double acTo an exact perfection they have brought The action love, the passion is forgnt.
tion,) that do but observe Clarissa next time This was long ago a witty author's lamenta- have made their soft tour round the company,
you see her, and you will fiod, when her eyes tion, but the evil still continues; and if a man
she makes no stay on him they say she is tu of any delicacy were to attend the discourses of the young fellows of this age, he would believe marry, but rests two seconds of a minute on there were none but prostitutes to make the Wildair, who neither looks nor thinks on her
or any woman else. However, Cynthio bad a objects of passion. So true it is what the au
bow from her the other day, upon which he is thor of the above verses said a little before his death of the modern pretenders to gallantry: send his man of an errand yesterday, without
very much come to himself; and I heard him * they set up for wits in this age, by saying any manner of hesitation; a quarter of an hour when they are sober, what they of the last; after which he reckoned twenty, remembere... spoke only when they were drunk.' But Cupid he was to sup with a friend, and went exactly is not only blind at present, but dead drunk; he has lost all bis faculties: else how should did this morning; and I find that he hath not
to his appointment. I sent to know how be Celia be so long a maid with that agreeable forgot that he spoke to me yesterday. behaviour? Corinna with that sprightly wit? Lesbia with that heavenly voice and Sacharissa, with all those excellencies in one person,
Wills Coffec-house, April 20. frequent the park, the play, and murder the
This week being sacred to holy things, and poor tits that drag her to public places, and not
no public diversions allowed, there has been a man turn pale at her appearance? But such takey notice of, even here, a little treatise, is the fallen state of love, that if it were not for called, 'A Project for the Advancement of Rehonest Cynthio, who is true to the cause, we ligiou: 'dedicated to the Countess of Berkeshould hardly have a pattern left of the ancient
ley :' the title was so uncommon, and proworthies that way; and indeed, he has but very mised so peculiar a way of thinking, that every little encouragement to persevere; but he has
man here bas read it, and as many as have done a devotion, rather than love, for his mistress, so, have approved it. It is written with the
spirit of one who has seen the world enougin to
undervalue it with good-breeding. The author
must certainly be a man of wisdom as well as
piety, and have spent much time in the exer: May, perhaps, her passion move;
cise of both. The real causes of the decay of Lovers on their stars must wait.'*
the interest of religion are set forth in a clear But the stars I am so intimately acquainted and lively manner without unseasonable paswith, that I can assure him he will never have sions; and the whole air of the book, as to the ber; for, would you believe it? though Cynthio language, the sentiments, and the reasonings, has wit, good sense, fortune, and his very being shows it was written by one whose virtue sits easy depends upon her, the termagant for whom be about him, and to whom vice is thoroughly sighs is in love with a fellow who stares in the contemptible. It was said by one of the comglass all the time he is with her, and lets her pany, alluding to that knowledge of the world plainly see, she may possibly be his rival, but the author seems to have, “ The man writes never bis mistress. Yet Cynthio, the same un- much like a gentleman, and goes to heaven nappy man, whom I mentioned in my first nar- with a very good inien." rative, pleases himself with a vain imagination, that with the language of bis eyes, trow he has
St. James's Coffee-house, April 20. found who she is, he shall conquer ber, though Letters from Italy say, that the marquis de her eyes are intent upon one who looks from Prie, upon the receipt of an express from the her; which is ordinary with the sex. It is court of Vienna, went immediately to the palace certainly a mistake in the ancients, to draw of cardinal Paulucci, minister of state to his the little gentleman Love as a blind boy; for holiness, and demanded, in the name of bis im
perial majesty, that king Charles should furthThese verses are part of a song by Lord Cutts, Steele's early patroo. See them entire in Nichols's " Select Collecmun, 1780," vol. ii. p. 327
* First published by Swift, 1709.