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profess, that all the honour, power, and riches, which kuow I contribute more to your satisfaction, when I they propose to themselves, cannot give satisfaction acknowledge I am the better man, from the influenre enough to reward them for half the anxiety they and authority you have over, Sir, undergo in the pursuit or the possession of them. “ Your most obliged and most humble servant. While men are in this temper (which happens very
“K. O" frequently,) how inconsistent are they with them "Sir, selves! They are wearied with the toil they bear, “I am entirely convinced of the truth of what but cannot find in their hearts to relinquish it: re- you were pleased to say to me, when I was last with tireinent is what they want, but they cannot betake you alone. You told me then of the silly way I was theinselves to it. While they pant after shade and in; but you told me so as I saw you loved me, covert, they still affect to appear in the most glitter- otherwise I could not obey your commands in letting ing scenes of life. Sure this is but just as reason you know my thoughts so sincerely as I do at preable as if a man should call for more light, when he sent. I know the creature, for whom I resign so has a inind to go to sleep.
| much of my character,' is all that you said of her: Since then it is certain that our own hearts deceive but then the trifler has something in her so undeus in the love of the world, and that we cannot com signing and harmless, that her guilt in one kind mand ourselves enough to resign it, thougb we every disappears by the comparison of her innocence in day wish ourselves disengaged from its allurements: another. Will you, virtuvus man, allow no alteralet us not stand upon a formal taking of leave, but tion of offences ? Must dear Chloe be called by the wean ourselves from them while we are in the midst hard name you pious people give to common women ? of them.
I keep the solemn promise I made you, in writing to It is certainly the general intention of the greater you the state of my mind, after your kind admoni. part of mankind to accomplish this work, and live tion; and will endeavour to get the better of this according to their own approbation, as soch as they fondness, which makes me so much her humble serposs:bly can. But since the duration of life is so vant, that I am almost ashamed to subscribe myself uncertain, (and that has been a common topic of dis- | yours,
“T. D." course ever since there was such a thing as life itself,)| “Sir, how is it possible that we should defer a moment the “ There is no state of life so anxious as that of a beginning to live according to the rules of reason? man who does not live according to the dictates of
The man of business has ever some one point to his own reason. It will seem odd to you, when carry, and then he tells himself he will bid adieu to assure you that my love of retirement first of all all the vanity of ambition. The man of pleasure re- broughi me to court; but this will be no riddle solves to take his leave at least, and part civilly with when I acquaint you, that I placed myself here with his mistress; but the ambitious man is entangledla design of getting so much money as might enable every moment in a fresh pursuit, and the lover sees
e lover sees me to purchase a handsome retreat in the country. new charms in the object he fancied he could aban-| At present my circumstances enable me, and my don. It is therefore a fautastical way of thinking, I duty prompts me, to pass away the remaining part of when we promise ourselves an alteration in our con
in our con. my life in such a retirement as I at first proposed to duct from change of place and difference of circum. I myself; but to iny great misfortune I have entirely stances; the same passions will attend us where- lost the relish of it, and should now return to the ever we are, till they are conquered ; and we can country with greater reluctance than I at first came never live to our satisfaction in the deepest retire- to court. I am so unhappy, as to know that what I ment, unless we are capable of living so, in some am fond of are trifles, and that what I neglect is of measure, amidst the noise and business of the world. I the greatest importance: in short, I find a contest
I have ever thought men were better known by l in my own mind between reason and fashion. I re. what could be observed of them from a perusal of member you once told me, that I might live in the their private letters, than any other way. My friend world, and out of it, at the same time. Let me bey the clergyman, the other day, upon serious discourse of you to explain this paradox more at large to me. with him concerning the danger of procrastination. I that I may conforın my life, if possible, both to my gave me the following letters from persons with whom duty and my inclination. I am yours, &c. he lives in great friendship and intimacy, according
*** R. B." to the good breeding and good sense of his charac
Letters are directed “ For the Spectator, to be lert ter. The first is from a man of business, who is his at Mr. Buckley's, in Little Britain, post paid. ** convert: the second from one of whom he conceives | N. B. Iu the form of a direction, this makes a tiguie good hopes: the third from one who is in no state at in the last column of the Spectator in folio. all, but carried one way and another by starts.
“Sir, “ I kuow not with what words to express to you the
No. 28.1 MONDAY, APRIL 2, 1711. sense I have of the high obligation you have laid
- Neque semper arcum upon me, in the penance you enjoined me, of doing
Tendit Apollo. Hor. 2 Od. x. 19. some good or other to a person of worth every day I
Nor does Apollo always bend his bow. live. The station I am in furnishes me with daily
I shall here present my reader with a letter from opportunities of this kind; and the noble principle a projector, concerning a new office which he thinks with which you have inspired me, of benevolence to may very much contribute to the embellishments of all I have to deal with quickens my application in the city, and to the driving barbarity out of our every thing I undertake. When I relieve merit streets. I consider it as a satire upon projectors in from discountenance, when I assist a friendless per- general, and a lively picture of the wbole art of son, when I produce concealed worth, I am dis- modern criticism. pleased with myself, for having designed to leave “SIR, the world in order to be virtuous. I am sorry you "Observing that you have thoughts of creating decline the occasions which the condition I am in certain officers under you, for the inspeciion of semight afford me of enlarging yous fortunes; but veral petty enoruities you yourself cannot attend lo;
and finding daily absurdities hung out upon the figure of a bell has given occasion to several pieces sign-posts of this city, to the great scandal of fo- of wit in this kind. A man of your reading must reigners, as well as those of our own country, who know, that Abel Drugger gained great applause by are curious spectators of the same: I do humbly it in the time of Ben Jonson. Our apocryphal propose that you would be pleased to make me your heathen god* is also represented by this figure; superintendent of all such figures and devices as which, in conjunction with the dragon, makes a very are or shall be made use of ou this occasion; with handsome picture in several of our streets. As for full powers to rectify or expunge whatever I shall the bell-savage, which is the sign of a savage man find irregular or defective. For want of such an standing by a bell, I was formerly very much puzofficer, there is nothing like sound literature and zled upon the conceit of it, till I accidentally fell good sense to be met with in those objects that are into the reading of an old romance translated out every where thrusting themselves out to the eye, and of the French; which gives an account of a very en leavouring to become visible. Our streets are beautiful woman who was found in a wilderness, and filled with blue boars, black swans, and red lions; is called in the French La belle Sauvage ; and is not to mention flying pigs, and hogs in armour, every where translated by our countrymen the bell. with many other creatures more extraordinary than savage. This piece of philosophy will, I hope, conany in the deserts of Africa. Strange! that one vince vou that I have made sign-posts my study, who has all the birds and beasts in nature to choose and consequently qualified myself for the employ. out of, should live at the sign of an Ens Rationis! ment which I solicit at your hands. But before I
“My first task therefore should be, like that of conclude my letter, I must communicate to yru Hercules, to clear the city from monsters. In the another remark, which I have made upon the subsecond place, I would forbid that creatures of jarring ject with which I am now entertaining you, namely, and incongruous natures should be joined together that I can give a shrewd guess at the humour of the in the same sign; such as the bell and the neat's inhabitant by the sign that bangs before his door. tongue, the dog and the gridiron. The fox and the A surly choleric fellow generally makes choice of a goose may be supposed to have met, but what has bear; as men of milder dispositions frequently live the fox and the seven stars to do together? And at the sign of the lamb. Seeing a punch-bowl when did the lamb and the dolphin ever meet, ex-painted upon a sign near Charing-cross, and very cept upon a sign-post? As for the cat and fiddle, curiously garnished with a couple of angels hovering there is a conceit in it; and therefore I do not in- over it, and squeezing a lemon into it, I had the cutend that any thing I have here said should affect it. riosity to ask after the master of the house, and I must, however, observe to you upon this subject, found, upon inquiry, as I bad guessed by the little that it is usual for a young tradesman, at his first agrémens upon his sign, that he was a Frenchman. setting up, to add to his own sign that of the master I know, Sir, it is not requisite for me to enlarge upon whom he served; as the husband, after marriage, these hints to a gentleman of your great abilities; gives a place to his mistress's arms in his own coat. 9o, humbly recommending myself to your favour and This I take to have given rise to many of those ab- patronage.
“I remain, &c.” surdities which are committed over our heads; and, as I am informed, first occasioned the three nuns
I shall add to the foregoing letter another, which and a hare, which we see so frequently joined toge
came to me by the penny-post. ther. I would therefore establish certain rules, for “ From my own apartment near Charing-cross. the determining how far one tradesman may give “ HONOURED SIR, the sign of another, and in what cases he may be
“Having heard that this nation is a great encouallowed to quarter it with his own. “ In the third place, I would enjoin every shop to
rager of ingenuity, I have brought with me a ropemake use of a sign which bears some affinity to the
dancer that was caught in one of the woods belonging wares in which it deals. What can be more incon.
to the Great Mogul. He is by birth a monkey; but sistent than to see a bawd at the sign of the angel,
swings upon a rope, takes a pipe of tobacco, and or a tailor at the lion ? A cook should not live at
drinks a glass of ale like any reasonable creature. the boot, nor a shoemaker at the roasted pig; and
| He gives great satisfaction to the quality; and if yet, for want of this regulation, I have seen a goat
they will make a subscription for him, I will send set up before the door of a perfumer, and the French
for a brother of his out of Holland, that is a very king's head at a sword-cutler's.
good tumbler; and also for another of the same "An ingenious foreigner observes, that Ecveral
family whom I design for my merry-andrew, as of those gentlemen who value themselves upon their
bir being an excellent mimic, and the greatest droll in families, and overlook such as are bred to trade,
the country where he now is. I hope to have this bear the tools of their forefathers in their coats of
entertainment in readiness for the next winter; and
"doubt not but it will please more than the opera or arms. I will not examine how true this is in fact. “0 But though it may not be necessary for posterity
I puppet-show. I will not say that a monkey is a
better man than some of the opera heroes; but certhus to s of their forefat
hetradatainly he is a better representative of a man than highly proper for those who actually profess the trade | to show some such marks of it before their doors.
the most artificial composition of wood and wire, “When the name gives an occasion for an inge
If you will be pleased to give me a good word in nious sign-post, I would likewise advise the owner your paper, you shall be every night at spectator at to take that opportunity of letting the world know
my show for nothing.
“I am, &c.”
C who he is. It would have been ridiculous for the ingenious Mrs. Salmon to have lived at the sign of the trout; for which reason she has erected before
• St. George. ber house the figure of the fish that is her namesake. Mr. Bell bas likewise distinguished himself by a device of the same rature: and here, Sir, I must beg leave to observe to you, that this particular
ers. I think it
No. 29.) TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 1711. composer should not follow the Italian recitative too
servilly, but make use of many gentle deviations Sermo lingua concinnus utraque
from it, in compliance with his own native language. Suavior : ut Chio nota si commista Falerni est.
Hor. 1 Sat. 1. 23. He may copy out of it all the lulling softness and
“dying falls," (as Shakspeare calls them) but should Both tongues united, sweeter sounds produce, Like Chian mixed with Falernian juice.
still remember that he ought to accommodate him
self to an English audience; and by humouring the THERE is nothing that has more startled our tone of our voices in ordinary conversation, have the English audience, than the Italian recitativo at its | same regard to the accent of his own language, as first entrance upon the stage. People were wonder. those persons had to theirs whom he professes to imi. fully surprised to hear generals singing the word of tate. It is observed, that several of the singing command, and ladies delivering messages in music.birds of our own country learn to sweeten their Our countrymen could not forbear laughing when voices and mellow the harshness of their natural they heard a lover chanting out a billet-doux, and notes, by practising under those that come from even the superscription of a letter sct to a tune. The warmer climates. In the same manner I would allow fainous blunder in an old play of “ Enter a king and the Italian opera to lend our English music as much two fiddlers solus," was now no longer an absurdity, as may grace and soften it, but never entirely to anwhen it was impossible for a hero in a desert, or a nihilate and destroy it. Let the infusion be as princess in her closet, to speak any thing unaccomo strong as you please, but still let the subject matter panied with musical instruments.
of it be English. But however this Italian method of acting in reci- A composer should fit his music to the genius of tativo mig', appear at first hearing, I cannot but the people, and consider that the delicacy of hearing think it much more just than that which prevailed and taste of harmony, has been formed upon those in our English opcra before this innovation : the sounds which every country abounds with. In short, transition from an air to recitative music being more that music is of a relative nature, and what is har. Datural than the passing from a song to plain and mony to one ear, may be dissonance to another. ordinary speaking, which was the common method The same observations which I have made upon in Purcell's operas.
the recitative part of music, may be applied to all The only fault I find in our present practice, is our songs and airs in general. the making use of the Italian recitativo with En. Signior Baptist Lully acted like a man of sepse glish words.
in this particular. He found the French music exTo go to the bottom of this matter, I must observe, tremely defective, and very often barbarous. Howthat the tone, or (as the French call it) the accent ever, knowing the genius of the people, the humour of every nation in thcir ordinary speech, is altoge- of their language, and the prejudiced ears he had to ther different from that of every other people; as deal with, he did not pretend to extirpate the French we may see even in the Welch and Scotch who bor- music and plant the Italian in its stead; but only to der so near upon us. By the tone or accent, I do l cultivate and civilize it with innumerable graces aud not mean the pronunciation of each particular word, modulations which he borrowed from the Italians, but the sound of the whole sentence. Thus it is By this means the French music is now perfect in: very common for an English gentleman when he its kind; and when you say it is not so good as the hears a French tragedy, to complain that the actors Italian, you only mean that it does not please you all of them speak in one tone : and therefore he very so well ; for there is scarce a Frenchman who would wisely prefers his own countrymen, not considering not wonder to hear you give the Italian such a prethat a foreigner complains of the same tone in an ference. The music of the French is indeed very English actor.
properly adapted to their pronunciation and accept, For this reason, the recitative music, in every lan- as their whole opera wonderfully favours the genius guage, should be as different as the tone or accent of of such a gay airy people. The chorus, in which each language; for otherwise, what may properly that opera abounds, gives the parterre frequent 0} express a passion in one language will not do it in portunities of joining in concert with the stag. another. Every one who has been long in Italy, knows This inclination of the audience to sing along with very well that the cadences in the recitativo bear a the actors, so prevails with them, that I have some. remote affinity to the tone of their voices in ordinary times known the performer on the stage do no more conversation-or, to speak more properly, are only in a celebrated song than the clerk of a parish the accents of ibeir language made more inusical and church, who serves only to raise the psalm, and is tuneful.
afterwards drowned in the music of the congregation, Thus the notes of interrogation, or admiration, in Every actor that comes on the stage is a beau. The the Italian music (if one may so call them) which queens and heroines are so painted, that they appear resemble their accents in discourse on such occa as ruddy and cherry-checked as milk-inaids. The sions, are not unlike the ordinary tones of an En- shepherds are all embroidered, and acquit themselres glish voice when we are angry; insomuch that I in a ball better than our English dancing-inasters. kave often seen our audiences extremely mistaken I have seen a couple of rivers appear in red stockas to what has been doing on the stage, and expectings; and Alpheus, instead of having his head coing to see the hero knock down his messenger, when vered with sedge and bull-rushes, making love in a he has been asking him a question; or fancying that full-bottom periwig and a plume of feathers; but he quarrels with his friend when he only bids him with a voice so full of shakes and quavers, that I good morrow.
should have thought the murmurs of a country brook For this reason the Italian artists cannot agree the much more agreeable music. with our English musicians in admiring Purcell's I remember the last opera I saw in that merry compositions, and thinking his tunes so wonderfully | Dation was the Rape of Proserpine, where Plisto, to adapted to his words; because both nations do not make the more tempting figure, puts himself in a always express the same passions by the same sounds. French equipage, and brings Ascalaphus along with
I am therefore humbly of opinion, that an English him as his valet de chambre. This is what we caid folly and impertinence ; but what the French look but they were persons of such moderate intellects, upon as gay and polite.
even before they were impaired by their passion, I shall add no more to what I have here offered, that their irregularities could not fúrnish sufficient than that music, architecture, and painting, as well variety of folly to afford daily new impertinences; as poetry and oratory, are to deduce their laws and by which means that institution dropped. These rules from the general sense and taste of mankind, fellows could express their passion by nothing but and pot from the principles of those arts themselves; their dress • but the Oxonians are fantastical now or, in other words, the taste is not to conform to the they are lovers, in proportion to their learning and art, but the art to the taste. Music is not designed understanding before they became such. The thoughts to please only chromatic ears, but all that are capa. of the ancient poets on this agreeable frenzy are ble of distinguishing harsh from disagreeable notes. translated in honour of some modern beauty; and A man of an ordinary ear is a judge whether a pas- Chloris is won to-day by the same compliment that sion is expressed in proper sounds, and whether the was made to Lesbia a thousand years ago. But as melody of those sounds be more or less pleasing.-C. far as I can learn, the patron of the club is the re
*. * Complete sets of this paper for the month of nowned Don Quixote. The adventures of that gentle March, are sold by Mr. Greaves, in St. James's. knight are frequently mentioned in the society, under street; Mr. Lillie, perfumer, the corner of Beau- the colour of laughing at the passion and themfort-buildings; Messrs. Sanger, Knapton, Round, selves: but at the same time, though they are senund Mrs. Baldwin.-Spect. in folio.
sible of the extravagances of that unhappy warrior,
they do not observe, that to turn all the reading of No. 30.) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 1711.
the best and wisest writings into rhapsodies of love,
is a frenzy no less diverting than that of the Si, Mimnermus uti censet, sine amore jocisque Nil est jucundum; vivas in amore jocisque.
aforesaid accomplished Spaniard. A gentleman,
Hor. I Ep. vi. 65. who, I hope, will continue bis correspondence, is If nothing, as Mimnermus strives to prove,
| lately admitted into the fraternity, and sent me the Can e'er be pleasant without mirth and love,
following letter : Then live in mirth and love, thy sports pursue.-CREECH.
“Sir. ONE common calamity makes men extremely af- us
“Since I find you take notice of clubs, I beg leave fect each other, though they differ in every other
to give you an account of ont, in Oxford, which you particular. The passion of love is the most general
ost general have no where mentioned, and perhaps never heard concern among men; and I am glad to hear by my lof. We distinguish ourselves by the title of the last advices from Oxford, that there are a set of
| Amorous Club, are all votaries of Cupid, and adsighers in that university, who have erected them
| mirers of the fair sex. The reason that we are so felves into a society in honour of that tender passion.
| little known in the world, is the secresy which we These gentlemen are of that sort of inamoratos,
| are obliged to live under in the university. Our who are not so very much lost to common sense, but
| constitution runs counter to that of the place wherein that they understand the folly they are guilty of;
we live: for in love there are no doctors, and we all and for that reason separate themselves from all other
profess so high a passion, that we admit of no gracompany, because they will enjoy the pleasure of
Quates in it. Our presidentship is bestowed accord. talking incoherently, witbout being ridiculous to any
Jing to the dignity of passion; our number is unlibut each other. When a man comes into the club, he is not obliged to make any introduction to his dis
mited; and our statutes are like those of the Druids,
recorded in our own breasts only, and explained by course, but at once, as he is seating himself in his
the majority of the company. A mistress, and a chair, speaks in the thread of his own thoughts :
poem in her praise, will introduce any candidate. “ She gave me a very obliging giance, she never
| Without the latter no one can be admitted; for he looked so well in her life as this evening;" or the
that is not in love enough to rhyme, is unqualified like retilection, without regarid to any other member
for our society. To speak disrespectfully of a woof the society; for in this assembly they do not meet to talk to each other, but every man claims the full
mar is espulsion from our gentle society. As we
are at present all of us gownsmen, instead of dueling liberty of talking to himself. Instead of snufi-boxes and canes, which are the usual helps to discourse
when we are rivals, we drink together the health of
our mistress. The manner of doing this, sometimes with other young fellows, these have each some piece
indeed creates debates ; on such occasions we have of riband, a broken fan, or an old girdle, which they play with while they talk of the fair person remem
| recourse to the rules of love among the ancients. ered by each respective token. According to the Nævia sex cyathis, septem Justina bibatur.
MARI. Epig. 1. 72. representation of the matter from my letters, the company appear like so many players rehearsing be
Six cups lo Nævia, to Justina seven. hind the scenes; one is sighing and lamenting his This method of a glass to every letter of her name, 1.estiny in beseeching terms, another declaiming he occasioned the other night a dispute of some warmth. will break his chain, and another, in dumb-show, A young student who is in love with Mrs. Elizabeth striving to express his passion by his gesture. It is Dimple, was so unreasonable as to begin ber health very ordinary in the assembly for one of a sudden to under the pame of Elizabetha ; which so exasperated rise and make a discourse concerning his passion in the club, that by common consent we retrenched it general, and describe the temper of his mind in such to Betty. We look upon a man as no company that a manner, as that the whole company shall join in does not sigh five times in a quarter of an hour; and the description, and feel the force of it. In this look uron a member as very absurd, that is so much case, if any man has declared the viclence of his himself as to make a direct answer to a question. flame in more pathetic terms, he is made president In fine, the whole assembly is made up of absent for that night, out of respect to his superior passion. men--that is, of such persons as have lost their lo
We had some years ago in this town, a set of cality, and whose minds and bodies never keep com. people who met and dressed like lovers, and were rany with one another. As I am an unfortunate distinguished by the name of the Fringe-glove club; member of this distracted society, you cannot expect
a very regular account of it; for which reason I strange animals in town, whether birds or beasts, hope you will pardon me that I so abruptly subscribe they may be either let loose among the woods, or myself,
driven across the stage by some of the country people “Sir, your most obedient humble servant, of Asia. In the last great battle, Pinkethman is to
“T. B. I personate King Porus upon an elephant, and is to "I forgot to tell you, that Albina, who has six vo be encountered by Powell, representing Alexander taries in this club, is one of your readers.”—R. the Great, upon a dromedary, which nevertheless
Mr. Powell is desired to call by the name of Buce.
phalus. Upon the close of this great decisive battle, No. 31.1 THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 1711.
when the two kings are thoroughly reconciled, to Sit mihi fas audita loqui- Virg. Æn. vi. 266. show the mutual friendship and good correspondence What I have heard, permit me to relate.
that reigns between them, they both of them go toLast night, upon my going into a coffee-house gether to a puppet-show, in which the ingenious Mr. not far from the Haymarket Theatre, I diverted my- Powell, junior, may have an opportunity of display. self for above half-an-hour with overhearing the dising his whole art of machinery, for the diversion of course of one, who, by the shabbiness of his dress, two monarchs. Some at the table urged, that a the extravagance of his conceptions, and the hurry puppet-show was not a suitable entertainment for of his speech, I discovered to be of that species who Alexander the Great ; and that it might be introare generally distinguished by the title of projectors. duced more properly, if we suppose the conqueror This gentleman, for I found he was treated as such touched upon that part of India which is said to be by his audience, was entertaining a whole table of inhabited by the pygmies. But this objection was listeners with the project of an opera, which he told looked upon as frivolous, and the proposal immedius had not cost him above two or three mornings in ately overruled. Our projector farther added, that the contrivance, and which he was ready to put in after the reconciliation of these two kings, they might execution provided he might find his account in it. invite one another to dinner, and either of them enHe said, that he had observed the great trouble and tertain his guest with the German artist, Mr. Pininconvenience which ladies were at, in travelling up kethman's heathen gods, or any of the like diversions and down the several shows that are exhibited in which shall then chance to be in vogue. different quarters of the town. The dancing mon- This project was received with very great applause keys are in one place; the puppet-show in another; by the whole table. Upon which the undertaker the opera in a third ; not to mention the lions, that told us, that he had not yet communicated to us are almost a whole day's journey from the politer above half his design ; for that Alexander being a part of the town. By this means people of figure Greek, it was his intention that the whole opera are forced to lose hall the winter after their coming should be acted in that language, which was a tongue to town, before they have seen all the strange sights he was sure would wonderfully please the ladies, esabout it. In order to remedy this great inconve- pecially when it was a little raised and rounded by nience, our projector drew out of his pocket the the Ionic dialect; and could not but be acceptable scheme of an opera, entitled, The Expedition of to the whole audience, because there are fewer of Alexander the Great; in which he bad disposed all them who understand Greck than Italian. The only the remarkable shows about town among the scenes difficulty that remained, was how to get performers, and decorations of his piece. The thought, he con- unless we could persuade soine gentlemen of the uni. fessed, was not originally his own, but that he had versities to learn to sing, in order to qualify them. taken the hint of it from several performances which selves for the stage; but this objection soon vanished he had seen upon our stage; in one of which there when the projector informed us that the Greeks was a raree-show; in another a ladder-dance; and were at present the only musicians in the Turkish in others a posture-man, a moving picture, with many empire, art that it would be very easy for our faccuriosities of the like nature.
tory at Smyrna to furnish us every year with a coThis expedition of Alexander opens with his con- lony of musicians, by the opportunity of the Turkey sulting the oracle of Delphus, in which the dumb Aeet; besides, says he, if we want any single voice conjuror who has been visited by so many persons of for any lower part in the opera, Lawrence can learn quality of late years, is to be introduced as telling to speak Greek, as well as he does Italian, in a forthis fortune. At the same time Clinch of Barnet is night's time. represented in another corner of the temple, as ring. The projector having thus settled matters to the ing the bells of Delphos, for joy of his arrival. The good-liking of all that heard him, he left his seat at tent of Darius is to be peopled by the ingenious Mrs. the table, and planted himself before the fire, where Salmon, where Alexander is to fall in love with a I had uninckily taken my stand for the convenience piece of wax-work, that represents the beautiful Sta- of overhearing what he said. Whether he had obtira. When Alexander comes into that country, in served me to be more attentive than ordinary, I canwhich Quintus Curtius tells us the dogs were so ex- not tell, but he had not stood by me above a quarter ceeding tierce that they would not lose their hold, of a minute, but he turned short upon me on a sudthough they were cut to pieces limb by linb, and den, and catching me by a button of my coat, atthat they would hang upon their prey by their teeth tacked me very abruptly after the following manner. when they had nothing but a mouth left, there is to “Besides, Sir, I have heard of a very extraordi. be a scene of Hocklev in the Hole, in which is to be nary genius for music that lives in Switzlerland, who represented all the diversions of that place, the bull. has so strong a spring in his fingers, that he can baiting only excepted, which cannot possibly be ex- make the board of an organ sound like a drum, and bibited in the theatre, by reason of the lowness of if I could but procure a subscription of about ten the roof. The several woods in Asia, which Alex- thousand pounds every winter I would undertake to ander must be supposed to pass through, will give fetch him over, and oblige him by articles to set every the audience a sight of monkeys dancing upon ropes, thing that should be sung upon the English stage." with many other pleasantries of that ludicrous spe. After this he looked full in my face, expecting I cies. At the same time, if there chance to be any would make an answer, when, by good luck, a gen