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No. 13.) THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 1710-11. The second lion was a tailor by trade, who be
| longed to the playhouse, and had the character of a Dic mihi, si fueris tu leo, qualis eris ?-MART.
mild and peaceable man in his profession. If the Were you a lion, how would you behave ?
former was too furious, this was too sheepish for his There is nothing that of late years has afforded part; inasmuch, that after a short modest walk upon matter of greater amusement to the town than Sig. the stage, he would fall at the first touch of Hydaspes, Dior Nicolini's combat with a lion in the Haymarket, without grappling with him, and giving him an opwhich has been very often exbibited to the general) portunity of showing his variety of Italian trips It satisfaction of most of the nobility and gentry in the is said, indeed, that he once gave him a rip in his kingdom of Great Britain. Upon the first rumour flesh-colour doublet: but this was only to make work of this intended combat, it was confidently affirmed, for himself, in his private character of a tailor. I and is still believed by many in both galleries, that must not omit, that it was this second lion who treatthere would be a tame lion sent from the tower every led me with so much bumanity behind the secoce opera night, in order to be killed by Hydaspes: this! The acting lion at present is, as I am informed, a report, though altogether groundless, so universally country gentleman, who does it for his diversion, but prevailed in the upper regions of the play-house, desires his name may be concealed. He says very that some of the most refined politicians in these handsomely in his own excuse, that he does not act parts of the audience gave it out in a whisper, that the from gain, that he indulges an innoccnt pleasure in lion was a cousin-german of the tiger who made his it; and that it is better to pass away an evening in appearance in King William's days, and that the this manner, than in gaming and in drinking : but at stage would be supplied with lions at the public ex- the same time says, with a very agreeable raillery pense during the whole session. Many likewise were upon himself, that if his name should be known, the the conjectures of the treatment which this lion was ill-natured world might call him, “the ass in the to meet with from the hands of Signior Nicolini: lion's skin." This gentleman's temper is made out some supposed that he was to subdue him in recital of such a happy mixture of the mild and the choleric, tiro, as Orpheus used to serve the wild beasts in his that he outdoes both his predecessors, and has drawn time, and afterward to knock him on the head; some together greater audiences than have been known in fancied that the lion would not pretend to lay his the memory of man. paws upon the hero, by reason of the received opi. I must not conclude my narrative, without taking nion, that a lion will not hurt a virgin. Several. I notice of a groundless report that has been raised to who pretended to have seen the opera in Italy, had a gentleman's disadvantage, of whom I must declare informed their friends, that the lion was to act a part myself an admirer: namely, that Signior Nicolini in high Dutch, and roar twice or thrice tu a thorouch and the liou have been seen sitting peaceably by one bass, before he fell at the feet of Hydaspes. To another, and smoking a pipe together bebing the clear up a matter that was so variously reported, I scenes; by which their common enemies would
insi. have made it my business to examine whether this Duate, that it is but a sham combat which they." pretended lion is really the savage he appears to be, I present upon the stage : but upon inquiry I ang
d. that or only a counterfeit.
if any such correspondence has passed between them, But before I communicate my discoveries, I must it was not till the combat was over, when the lion was acquaint the reader, that upon my walking behind to be looked upon as dead, according to the receiveu the scenes last wioter, as I was thinking on soine-rules of the drama. Besides, this is what is po thing else, I accidentally jostled against a monstrous tised every day in Westminster-hall, where nown animal that extremely startled me, and upon my is more usual than to see a couple of lawyers, we nearer survey of it, appeared to be a lion rampant. I have been tearing each other to pieces "th
in the court, The lion, seeing me very much surprised, told me. I embracing one another as soon as they a re in a gentle voice, that I might come by him if it I would not be thought, in any part of
rt of this rela. pleased : " for," says he. “I do not intend to burt tion to reflect upon Signior Nicolini, who in acus any body." I thanked him very kindly, and passed this part only complies with the wretched by him: and in a little time after, saw him leap upon audience; he knows very well, that the so the stage, and act his part with very great applause. I more admirers than himself; as they say It has been observed by several, that the lion has | mous equestrian statue on the Pont-Neus
euf at Paris, changed his manner of acting twice or thrice since that more people go to see the no his first appearance ; which will not seem strange, who sits upon it. On the contrary.".
core people go to see the horse, than the king when I acquaint my reader that the lion has been indignation to see a person whose acu changed upon the andience three several times. The majesty to kings, resolution to heroes, “. first lion was a candle-snuffer, who being a fellow of lovers, thus sinking from the greatnes a testy choleric temper, overdid his part, and would | viour, and degraded into the character not suffer himself to be killed so easily as he ought | Prentice. 'I have often wished, og to have done; besides, it was observed of him, that would copy after this great man he grew more surly every time that be came out of they make the same use of the the lion; and baving dropped some words in ordi- inform their faces with as sigan, Dary conversation, as if he had not fought his best. sions, how glorious would an 48 that he suffered himself to be thrown upon his with that action which is capao. back in the souffle, and that he would wrestle with the forced thoughts, cold con Mr. Nicolini for what he pleased out of his lion's pressions of an Italiano skin, it was thought proper to discard him: and it have related this combat is verily believed to this day, that had he been are at present the reign1.8 brought upon the stage another time, he would cer- politer part of Great bhitainly have done mischief. Besides, it was objected Audiences have one against the first lion, that he reared himself so high for the coarseness of me upon his hinder paws, and walked in so erect a pos- grievance does not ture, that he looked more like an old man than a lion. tastc, but of comme
con it. On the contrary, it gives me a just to see a person whose action gives new
lution to heroes, and softness to ng from the greatness of his beha. taned into the character of the London
have often wished, that our tragedians opy alter this great master of action. Could e the same use of their arms and legs, and
faces with as significant looks and pasbow glorious would an English tragedy appear
on which is capable of giving dignity to
thoughts, cold conceits, and unnatural ex8 Hon's pressions of an Italian opera! In the mean time,
this combat of the lion, to show what
the reigning entertainments of the
ces have often been reproached by writers coarseness of their taste, but our present
does not seem to be the want of a good • 1 table, but of common sense.-C.
No. 14.) FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1710-11. which if you can remedy, you will very muci. - Teque bis, infelix, exue monstris. vid. Met. iv. 590.
“Sir, yours, &c." Wretch that thou art! put off this monstrous shape. | The following epistle I find is from the undertaker
I was reflecting this morning upon the spirit and of the masquerade : humour of the public diversions five-and-twenty years “Sir, ago, and those of the present time; and lamented to! “I have observed the rules of my mask so carefull myself, that though in those days they neglected tbeir|(in not inquiring into persons) that I cannot tell morality, they kept up their good sense; but that the whether you were one of the company or not, last beau mopde, at present, is only grown more childish, Tuesday; but if you were not and still design to pot more innocent, than the former. While I was come, I desire you would, for your own entertain. in this train of thought, an odd fellow, whose face I ment, please to
ment, please to admonish the town, that all persons have often seen at the playhouse, gave me the fol-indifferently are not fit for this
| indifferently are not fit for this sort of diversion. I lowing letter with these words : “Sir, the Lion pre
could wish, Sir, you could make them understand sents his humble service to you, and desired me to that it is a kind of acting to go in masquerade, and give this into your hands."
a man should be able to say or do things proper for “From my Den in the Haymarket, March 15. the dress in which he appears. We have now and “Sir,
then rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and .“I have read all your papers, and have stifled my grave politicians in the dress of rakes. The misforresentment against your reflections upon operas, un- tune of the thing is, that people dress themselves in til that of this day, wherein you plainly insinuate, what they have a mind to be, and not what they are that Signior Nicolini and myself have a correspond- fit for. There is not a girl in the town, but let her ence more familiar than is consistent with the valour | have her will in going to a mask, and she shall dress of his character, or the fierceness of mine. I desire as a shepherdess. But let me bez of them to read you would, for your own sake, forbear such intima- the Arcadia, or some other good romance, before mations for the future; and must say it is a great they appear in any such character at my house. piece of ill-nature in you, to show so great an esteem The last day we presented, every body was so rashly for a foreigner, and to discourage a Lion that is your habited, that when they came to speak to each own countryman.
other, a nymph with a crook had not a word to say “I take notice of your fable of the lion and man, but in the pert style of the pit bawdry ; and a man but am so equally concerned in that matter, that I in the habit of a philosopher was speechless, till an ocshall not be offended to which soever of the animals casion offered of expressing himself in the refuse of the superiority is given. You have misrepresented the tyring rooms. We had a judge that danced a me, in saying that I am a country gentleman, who minuet with a quaker for his partner, while half-aact only for my diversion; whereas, had I still the dozen harlequins stood by as spectators: a Turk same woods to range in which I once had when I was drank me off two bottles of wine, and a Jew eat me a fox-hunter, I should not resign my manhood for a up half a ham of bacon. If I can bring my design maintenance; and assure you, as low as my circum- to bear, and make the maskers preserve their chas stances are at present, I am so much a man of ho- racters in my assemblics, I hope you will allow there nour, that I would scorn to be any beast for bread, is a foundation laid for more elegant and improving but a lion.
“Yours, &c." gallantries than any the town at present affords, and I had no sooner ended this, than one of my land consequently, that you will give your approbation to lady's children brought me in several others, with |
in the endeavours of, Sir, some of which I shall make up my present paper,
“Your most obedient humble servant. they all having a tendency to the same subject, viz. I am very glad the following epistle obliges me to the elegance of our present diversions.
mention Mr. Powell a second time in the same « SIR.
" Covent-garden. March 13. lpaper; for indeed there cannot be too great encou. " I have been for twenty years under-sexton of ragement given to his skill in motions, provided he this parish of St. Paul's Covent-garden, and have is under proper restrictions. not missed tolling in to prayers six times in all those I “SIR, years; which office I have performed to my great “ The opera at the Haymarket, and that under satisfaction, until this fortnight last past, during the little Piazza in Covent-garden, being at present which time I find my congregation take the warning the two leading diversions of the town, and Mr. of my bell, morning and evening, to go to a puppet-Powell professing in his advertisements to set up show set forth by one Powell, under the Piazzas. Whittington and his Cat against Rinaldo and Ar By this means I have not only lost my two custom-mida, my curiosity led me the beginning of last ers, whom I used to place for sixpence a-piece over week to view both these performances, and make my against Mrs. Rachael Eyebright, but Mrs. Rachael observations upon them. herself is gone thither also. There now appear “First, therefore, I cannot but observe that Mr. among us none but a few ordinary people, who come Powell wisely forbearing to give his company a lu 10 church only to say their prayers, so that I have no of fare before-band, every scene is new and unex. work worth speaking of but on Sundays. I have pected; whereas it is certain, that the undertakers placed my son at the Piazzas, to acquaint the ladies of the Haymarket, having raised too great an exthat the bell rings for church, and that it stands on pectation in their printed opera, very much disap the other side of the garden! but they only laugh at point their audience on the stage the child.
“The King of Jerusalem is obliged to come fruta “I desire you would lay this bofore all the whole the city on foot, instead of being drawn in a trinmph worid, that I may not be made such a tool for the ant chariot by white horses, as my opera-book ha uture, and that Punch inello may choose hours less promised me; and thus while I expected Armida's !
canonical. As tbnigs are now, Mr. Powell has a I'lull congregation, a bich we have a very thin house ;) • Puppel-shows were formerly called inolion
dragons should rush forward towards argentes, Il The lady was the unfortunate Cleanthe, who af. found the hero was obliged to go to Armida, and terward gave an occasion to a pretty melancholy hand her out of her coach. We had also but a very novel. She had, for several years, received the ad short allowance of thunder and lightning; though dresses of a gentleman, whom, after a long and inI cannot in this place omit doing justice to the boy timate acquaintance, she forsook, upon the account who had the direction of the two painted dragons, of this shining equipage, which had been offered to and made them spit fire and smoke. He flashed out her by one of great riches, but a crazy constitution. nis rosin in such just proportions, and in such due The circumstances in which I saw her, were, it time, that I could not forbear conceiving hopes of seems, the disguises only of a broken heart, and a kind his being one day a most excellent player. I saw, I of pageantry to cover distressfor in two months indeed, but two things wanting to render his whole after she was carried to her grave with the same action camplete, I mean the keeping his head a pomp and magnificence, being sent thither partly by Little lower, and hiding his candle.
the loss of one lover, and partly by the possession of "I observe that Mr. Powell and the undertakers another. of the opera had both the same thought, and I think I have often reflected with myself on this unacmuch about the same time, of introducing animals countable humour in womankind, of being smitten on their several stayes—though indeed, with very with every thing that is showy and superficial; and different success. The sparrows and chaffinches at on the numberless evils that befal the sex, from this the Haymarket fly as yet very irregularly over the light fantastical disposition. I myself remember a slage; and instead of perching on the trees, and young lady that was very warmly solicited by a performing their parts, these young actors either couple of importunate rivals, who, for several months get into the galleries, or put out the candles; whereas together, did all they could to recommend themMr. Powell has so well disciplined his pig, that in selves, by complacency of behaviour and agreeablethe first scene he and Punch dance a minuet toge- ness of conversation. At length, when the compether. I am informed, however, that Mr. Powell tition was doubtful, and the lady undetermined in resolves to excel his adversaries in their own way; her choice, one of the young lovers very luckily beand introduces larks in his next opera of Susannah, thought himself of adding a supernumerary lace to or Innocence Betrayed, which will be exhibited his liveries, which had so good an effect, that he next week, with a pair of new Elders.
married her the very week after. “The moral of Mr. Powell's drama is violated, I The usual conversation of ordinary women very confess, by Punch's national reflections on the much cherishes this natural weakness of being taken French, and King Harry's laying his leg upon the with outside and appearance. Talk of a new-marQueen’s lap, in too ludicrous a manner, before so ried couple, and you immediately hear whether they great an asse
keep their coach and six, or eat in plate. Mention “As to the mechanism and scenery, every thing, the name of an absent lady, and it is ten to one but indeed, was uniform, and of a piece, and the you learn something of her gown and petticoat. A scenes were managed very dexterously; which calls ball is a great help to discourse, and a birthday on me to take notice, that at the Haymarket, the furnishes conversation for a twelvemonth after. A undertakers forgetting to change the side-scenes, we furbelow of precious stones, a hat buttoned with a were presented with the prospect of the ocean in diamond, a brocade waistcoat or petticoat, are standthe midst of a delightful grove; and though the ing topics. In short, they consider only the dra. gentlemen on the stage had very much contributed pery of the species, and never cast away a thought to the beauty of the grove, by walking up and down on those ornaments of the mind that make persons between the trees, I must own I was not a little illustrious in themselves, and useful to others. When astonished to see a well-dressed young fellow in a women are thus perpetuahy dazzling one another's ful.bottomed wig, appear in the midst of the sea, and imaginations, and filling their heads with nothing without any visible concern taking snuff.
but colours, it is no wonder that they are more at“I shall only observe one thing farther, in which tentive to the superficial parts of life than the solid both dramas agree; which is, that by the squeak of and substantial blessings of it. A girl who has been their voices the heroes of each are eunuchs; and as trained up in this kind of conversation is in danger the wit in both pieces is equal, I must prefer the of every embroidered coat that comes in her way. performance of Mr. Powell, because it is in our A pair of fringed gloves may be her ruin. In a own language.
“ I am, &c." word, lace and ribands, silver and gold galloons,
with the like glittering gewgaws, are so many lures
to women of weak minds and low education, and, No. 15.1 SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 1710-11
when artificially displayed, are able to fetch down
the most airy coquette from the wildest of her lights Parva leves capiunt animos Ovid. Ars Am. i. 159.
and rambles. Light minds are pleased with trifles.
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an WHEN I was in France, I used to gaze with great enemy to pomp and noise ; it arises, in the first astonishment at the splendid equipages and party- place, from the enjoyment of one's self; and in the coloured habits of that fantastic nation. I was one next, from the friendship and conversation of a few day in particular contemplating a lady that sat in a select companions; it loves shade and solitude, and coach adorned with gilded Cupids, and finely painted naturally haunts groves and fountains, fields and with the loves of Venus and Adonis. The coach meadows : in short, it feels every thing it wants was drawn by six milk-white horses, and loaded be- within itself, and receives no addition from multibind with the same number of powdered footmen. tudes of witnesses and spectators. On the contrary, Just before the lady were a couple of beautiful false happiness loves to be in a crowd, and to draw pages, that were stuck among the harness, and by the eyes of the world upon her. She does noi retheir gay dresses and smiling features, looked like ceive any satisfaction from the applauses which she the clder brothers of the little boys that were carved gives herself, but from the admiration which she and painted in every corner of the coach.
I raises in others. She flourishes in courts and palaces.
thentres and assemblies, and has no existence bat sende me a bears complaint agaias fringed glover whom she is baked upon.
To be brez there karce 2n crsament of either Aurelia, thagh a woman of great quality, delights te wech cce or acher of my correspoteots bas not in the privacy of a country Life, and passes away a intezted a zt wu some tiderness, and recomgreat art of her time in her own walks and garders. nende to my coservatioa. I zst, Berefore, once Her husband, who is her bosom inend and compe, for an, inform my readers, that it is not av intention maior in her solitudes, has been in love with her ever, to rak the d y of this my paper with relections since he knew her. They both abound with good, apod red beeis or top-shoo bet rather to enter into HOTIR, concurrate virtue, and a mutual esteem; and the passions of manch, and to correct those de are a perpetual entertainment to one another. Their prared sentiments that give birth to ail those little family is under co regular an economy, in its hours extravagances Fuses appear in their outward dress
A devotion and repast, employment and diversion, and becariour. Foppua and fantastic ornaments i that it looks like a little cornmonwealth within itsell are only indications of vice, Dot criminal in them
They fun go into company, that they may return selves. Exunguish vabity in the mind, and you ne- ! with the greater delight to one another; and some turally retreach the little superdaities of garniture timee live in town, not to enjoy it so properly, as to and equipage. The blossoms will fall of themselves vrow weary of it, that they may renew in themselves when the root that nourishes them is destroyed. the relied of a country life. By this means they are I shall therefore, as I have said, apply my remehuwuy in each other, beloved by their children, dies to the first seeds and principles of an affected wired by their servants, and are become the envy, dress, without descending to the dress itself; though or rather the delight, of all that know them. at the same time I must own that I have thoughts of
llow different to this is the life of Fulvia! She creating an officer under me, to be entitled the Cen. considers her husband an her steward, and looks uponsor of Small Wares, and of allotting him one day in diuretion and yood housewifery as little domestic the week for the execution of such his office. An opevirtues, unbecoming a woman of quality. She thinks rator of this nature might act under me, with the life but in her own family, and fancies herself out of same regard as a surgeon to a physician; the one the world when she is not in the ring, the playhouse, might be employed in healing those blotches and toof the drawing-room. She lives in a perpetual mours which break out in the body, while the other motion of body and restlessness of thought, and is is sweetening the blood, and recufying the constito. never easy in any one place, when she thinks there tion. To speak truly, the young people of both is more company in another. The missing of an sexes are so wonderfully apt to shoot out into long opera the first night, would be more afflicting to swords or sweeping trains, bushy bead-dresses or full her than the death of a child. She pities all the va- | bottomed periwigs, with several other encumbrances lumble part of her own sex, and calls every woman of dress, that they stand in need of being pruned very of a porudent, modest, and retired life, a poor-spirited, frequently, lest they should be oppressed with ornaunpolished creature. What a mortification would ments, and overrun with the luxuriancy of their hait be u. Hulvia, if she knew that her setting herself bits. I am much in doubt whether I should give the to view is but exposing hersell, and that she grows preference to a Quaker that is trimmed close, and containptible by being conspicuous !
almost cut to the quick, or to a beau that is loaden I cannot conclude my paper without observing, with such a redundance of excrescences. I must that Virgil has very finely touched upon this female therefore desire my correspondents to let me know how
neeion for dress and show, in the character of Ca- they approve my project, and whether they think the villa : who, though she seems to have shaken off all erecting of such a petty censorship may not turn to the other weaknesses of her sex, is still described as the emolument of the public; for I would not do any I woman in this particular. The poet tells us, that thing of this nature rashly and without advice. After having made a great slaughter of the enemy, There is another set of correspondents to whom I she unfortunately cast her eye on a Trojan, who wore must address myself in the second place; I mean an embroidered tunic, a beautiful coat of mail, with such as fill their letters with private scandal, and * mantle of the finest purple. “A golden bow," black accounts of particular persons and families. says he, * hung upon his shoulder; his garment was The world is so full of ill-nature, that I have lambuckled with a golden clawp, and his head covered poons sent me by people who cannot spell, and satires with a helmet of the same shining metal.” The composed by those who scarce know how to write. Amazon immediately singled out this well-dressed By the last post in particular, I received a packet of warrior, being seized with a woman's longing for the scandal which is not legible; and hare a whole bun. pretty trappings that he was adorned with:
dle of letters in women's hands, that are full of blots Totumque incauta per agmen
and calumnies; insomuch, that when I see the name Promineo priede et spoliorum ardebat amore. Æn. xi. 782. of Cælia, Phillis, Pastora, or the like, at the bottom
This heedless pursuit after these glittering trifles, of a scrawl, I conclude of course that it brings me the poet (by a nice concealed moral,) represents to some account of a fallen virgin, a faithless wife, or have been ibe destruction of his fernale hero.-C. an amorous widow. I must therefore inforın these
my correspondents, that it is not my design to be a
publisher of intrigues and cuckoldoms, or to bring No. 16.1 MONDAY, MARCH 19, 1210-11.
little infamous stories out of their present lurking. Quid verum atque decens curo et rogo, et omnis in hoc sum. holes into broad day-light. If I attack the vicious,
Hor. 1 Ep. 1. 11. I shall only set upon them in a body; and will not be What right, what trie, what At wo justly call,
provoked by the worst usage I can receive from others Lut this be all my care--for this is all.- Pork
to make an example of any particular criminal. In I HAVE received a lettor, desiring me to be very short, I have so much of a Drawcansir in me, that I satirical upon the little muff that is now in fashion; shall pass over a single foe to charge whole armies. another informs me of a pair of silver garters It is not Lais or Silenus, but the harlot and the buckled below the knee, that have been lately seen drunkard, whom I shall endeavour to expose ; and at the Rainbow coffee-house in Fleet-street ; a third shall consider the crime as it appears in ihe species,
not as it is circumstanced in an individual. I think it is, methinks, an honest and laudable fortitude to it was Caligula, who wished the whole city of Rome dare to be ugly; at least to keep ourselves from bad but one Deck, that he might behead them at a being abashed with a consciousness of imperfections blow. I shall do, out of humanity, what that em- which we cannot help, and in which there is no guilt. peror would have done in the cruelty of his temper, I would not defend a haggard beau for passing away and aim every stroke at a collective body of offend much time at a glass, and giving softness and lan. i ers. At the same time I am very sensible that guishing graces to deformity: all I intend is, that nothing spreads a paper like private calumny and we ought to be contented with our countenance and defamation ; but as my speculations are not under shape, so far, as never to give ourselves an uneasy this necessity, they are not exposed to this temptation.reflection on that subject. It is to the ordinary
la the next place I must apply myself to my party people who are not accustomed to make very proper correspondents, who are continually teasing ine to remarks on any occasion, matter of great jest, if a take notice of one another's proceedings. How often roan enters with a prominent pair of shoulders into am I asked by both sides, if it is possible for me to an assembly, or is distinguished by an expansion of be an unconcerned spectator of the rogueries that mouth, or obliquity of aspect. It is happy for a man are committed by the party which is opposite to him that has any of these oddnesses about him, if he can that writes the letter. About two days since, I was be as merry upon himself, as others are apt to be reproached with an old Grecian law, that forbids any upon that occasion. When he can possess himself man to stand as a neuter, or a looker-on, in the di- with such a cheerfulness, women and children, who visions of his country. However, as I am very sen- are at first frighted at him, will afterward be as much sible my paper would lose its whole effect, should it pleased with him. As it is barbarous in others tu run into the outrages of a party, I shall take care to rally him for natural defects, it is extremely agreekeep clear of every thing which looks that way. If able when he can jest upon himself for them. I can any way assuage private infiammations, or Madam Maintenon's first husband was a hero in allay public fernuents. I shall apply myself to it with this kind, and has drawn many pleasantries from the my u'most endeavours; but will never let my heart irregularity of his shape, which he describes as very reproach me with having done any thing towards inuch resembling the letter 2. He diverts himself increasing those feuds and animosities that extin. likewise by representing to his reader the make of an guish religion, deface goverument, and make a nation engine and pully, with which he used to take off his niserable,
hat. When there bappens to be any thing ridiculous What I have said under the three foregoing heads in a visage, and the owner of it thinks it an aspect of will, I am afraid, very much retrench the number of dignity, he must be of very great quality to be exany correspondents. I shall therefore acquaint my empt from raillery. The best expedient, therefore, riader, that if he has started any hint which he is not is to be pleasant upon himself. Prince Harry and able to pursue, if he has met with any surprising | Falstaff, in Shakspeare, have carried the ridicule story which he does not know how to tell, if he has upon fat and lean as far as it will go. Falstaff is discovered any epidemical vice which has escaped my humorously called woolsack, bedpresser, and hill of observation, or has heard of any uncommon virtue Hesh; Harry, a starveling, an elves-skin, a sheath, which he would desire to publish; in short, if he has a bow-case, and a tuck. There is, in several inci. any materials that can furnish out an innocent di- dents of the conversation between them, the jest still version, I shall promise him my best assistance in kept up upon the person. Great tenderness and the working of them up for a public entertainment. sensibility in this point is one of the greatest weak
This paper my reader will find was intended for nesses of self-love. For my own part, I am a little an answer to a multitude of correspondents; but I unhappy in the mould of my face, which is not quite hope he will pardon me if I single out one of them so long as it is broad. Whether this might not in particular, who has made me so very humble a re partly arise from my opening my mouth much selquest, that I cannot forbear complying with it. domer than other people, and by consequence not so “TO THE SPECTATOR.
much lengthening the fibres of my visage, I am not “Sir. “March 15, 1710-11
at leisure to determine. However it be, I have “I am at present so unfortunate as to have nothing
been often put out of countenance by the shortness to do but to mind my own business; and therefore
of my face, and was formerly at great pains in conbeg of you that you will be pleased to put me into
cealing it by wearing a periwig with a high fore-top, some small post under you. I observe that you have
and letting my beard grow. But now I have thoappointed your printer and publisher to receive let-|
roughly got over this delicacy, and could be content tirs and advertisements for the city of London, and
ed with a much shorter, provided it might quality ruall think myself very much honoured by you, it
me for a member of the merry club, which the folyou will appoint me to take in letters and advertise
lowing letter gives me an account of. I have reinents for the city of Westiniuster and the duchy of|
ceived it from Oxford, and as it abounds with the Lancaster. Though I cannot promise to fill such spirit of mirth and good humour, which is natural an employment with sufficient abilities, I will endea
to that place, I shall set it down word for word as it vour to make up with industry and fidelity what I came to me. want in parts and genius.
“Most PROPOUND Sır,
“ Having been very well entertained, in the last of your speculations that I have yet seen, by your
specimen upon clubs, which I therefore hope you No. 17.) TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1710-11.
will continue, I shall take the liberty to furnish you Telrum ante omnia vultum.-Juv. 191.
with a brief account of such a one as, perhaps, you - A visage rough,
I have not seen in your travels, unless it was your Delorined, unfeatured.
fortune to touch upon some of the woody parts of Sinck our persons are not of our own making, the African continent, in your voyage to or from when they are such as appear defective or uncomely, Grand Cairo. There have arose in this universiis