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as learnedly of light and shade, figure, Ruins of the Temple-A Publican at proportion, drapery, &c. as of the rise the Receipt of Custom-and--a Samson and fall of stocks. I have, however, been in miniature. very much embarrassed in getting toge
Besides these, I have employed an inther a collection, suitable to the religion genious artist here to execute a design of I profess. The famous painters were my own. It is a picture of Fortune; most of them such bigots to their own not standing (as in the common stile) way of thinking, that they have scarce upon a kind of cart-wheel, but on the left any thing behind them but Holy two wheels of the lottery, with a repreFamilies, Dead Chrifts, and Madonas; sentation of a net cast over the lesser subjects, which to me and my tribe are engrosfers of tickets, while a Chief Ma. odious and abominable. A pi&ture, nager is breaking his way through the since it has the property of being the meshes. language of all mankind, should never I must not forget to tell you, that I be particular in it's fubje&t; but we have picked up an infamous portrait, fhould paint, as the English are taught by an English hand, called Shylock; to pray, ' for all Jews, Turks, Infi. with the following inscription under it, dels, and Heretics.'
taken, I suppose, from the London When I have made the tour of Italy, Evening Poit, or that impudent Fool I will send you a compleat list of all my the Gazetteer: “ They have disgraced purchases: in the mean time the follow me, and hindered me half a million, ing short specimen will enable you to laught at my losses, mockt at my judge of my precautions, in selecting gains, scorned my nation, thwarted - pieces suitable to my character, and not my bargains, cooled my friends, heatOffenfive to my principles.
ed mine enemies; and what's the The first that I bought was
• The • reason ?-I am a Jew.' • Elevation of the Golden Calf.' This As soon as the parliament is diffolva' I shall set up in the Royal Exchange, as ed, you may expect to see me in Enga typical representation of myself, to be land; till when, I am, dear Sir, yours, worshipped by all brokers, insurers, &c. fcriveners, and the whole fraternity of
*** ftock-jobbers. The second is. The Triumph of Gi
I shall here subjoin a letter of a very • deon.' This I intended, 'if a late different stamp; which points out to me project in favour of our brethren had not another walk as a Connoisseur, not less miscarried, should have been hung up extensive perhaps, and more agreeable in St. Stephen's Chapel, as a memorial to the modern taite, than that of Virtù. of our viếtory over the Uncircumcised.
The third and fourth are · Peter de. nying his Mafter,' and Judas be
traying him for thirty pieces of filver; I suppose Connoisseur is only another both which I design as presents to our word for a Knowing One. So write two worthy friends, the B
me a few papers in defence of cards,
dice, races, and gaming in general; and The next which I shall mention to I will admit you upon the square, inyou, deserves particular notice; and troduce you at White's, set you upon this is • The Prophet of Nazareth him. the turf, the next meeting at Newmarket. "self, conjuring the devil into an herd and make your fortune at once. If of swine.' From this piece, when I you are the man I take
for, return to England, I intend to have a be wise, and do this directly; and then print engraved ; being very proper to the odds are for you. If not, I'll hold be had in all Jewish families, as a neces- you an hundred pounds to a China fary preservative against Pork and Chris. orange, that your paper is neglected as tianity.
low and vulgar, and yourself condemna I shall not tire you with a particulared as an unfahionable blockhead. detail of some other lesser pieces, such
Yours, as you bebare, as, The Deluge, in water colours-The New Jerusalem, in perspective-Some T
TO MR. TOWN.
No III. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1754.
SUAVE MARI MAGNO, TURBANTIBUS A QUORA VENTIS,
WHEN RAGING WINDS THE RUFFLED DEEP DIFORM,
of effays, or (as they
After this preface, the reader will not are termed) periodical papers, be surprised, if I take the liberty to rejustly claim to ourselves a place among late a dream of my own. It is usual the modern improvers of literature. on these occasions to be lulled to ileep Neither Bently nor Burnam, nor any by some book; and most of my brethren other equally sagacious commentator, pay that compliment to Virgil or Shakehas been able to discover the least traces speare: but as I could never discover of any similar productions among the any opiate qualities in those authors, I ancients:
: except we can suppose, that the chose rather to doze over fome modern history of Thucidydes was retailed week performance. I must beg to be excused ly in sıxpenny numbers; that Seneca from mentioning particulars, as I would dealt out his morality every Saturday; not provoke the resentment of my coor that Tully wrote speeches and philo- temporaries: nobody will imagine, that fophical disquisitions, whilst Virgil and I dipt into any of our modern novels, Horace clubbed together to furnish the or took up any of our late tragedies.poetry for a Roman Magazine, Let it suffice, that I presently fell fast
There is a word, indeed, by which alleep. we are fond of distinguishing our works, I found myself transported in an inand for which we must confess ourselves ftant to the shore of an immense sea, co. indebted to the Latin. Myself, and vered with innumerable vessels; aod every petty journalist, affect to dignify though many of them suddenly disapour haity performances by ftiling them peared every minute, I saw others conLucubrations; by which we mean, if tinually launchirg forth, and pursuing we mean any thing, that as the day is the same course. The seers of visions, too short for our labours, we are obliged and dreamers of dreams, have their orto call in the artistance of the night: not gans of fight so considerably improved, to mention the modeft insinuation, that that they can take in any object, howour compositions are so correct, that ever distant or minute. It is not there(like the orations of Demosthenes) they fore to be wondered at, that I could difmay be said to ' smell of the lamp.' We cern every thing diftinctly, though the would be understood to follow the di waters before we were of the deepest rections of the Roman fativist' to grow black.
pale by the midnight candle;' though While I stood contemplating this perhaps, as our own fatirik expreses it, amazing fcene, one of those good-natured we may be thought
Genii, who never fail making their apSleepless ourselves to give our readers Sleep.
pearance to extricate dreamers from their
difficulties, rose from the fable stream, But, as a relief from the fatigue of and planted himself at my elbow. His fo many restless hours, we have frequent complexion was of the darkest hue, not ly gone to sleep for the benefit of the unlike that of the Dæmons of a printpublic: and surely we, whose labours ing-house; his jetty beard Mone like the are confined to a theet and half, may be bristles of a blacking-brus; on his head indulged in taking a nap now and then, he wore a turban of imperial paper ; as well as those engaged in longer works; and who (according to Horace) are to be
There hung a calf-Rinon his reverend limbs,
with robings of Morocco, lettered (like sy before the wind, and out-strips the a rubric-poft) with the names of the painted frigates of her country, | Dimost eminent authors. In his left-hand • done and Artaserse. Observe that be bore a printed scroll, which from the triumphant squadron, to whose flag marginal corrections I imagined to be a ' all the others pay homage. Most of proof-theet; and in his right he waved • them are ships of the first rate, and the quill of a goose.
6 were fitted out many years ago. He immediately accosted me. • Though somewhat irregular in their • Town,' said he, I am the Genius, • make, and but little conformable to "whois destined to conduct you through • the exact rules of art, they will ever
these turbulent waves. The sea that • continue the pride and glory of these ' you now behold is the Ocean of Ink, • seas : for, as it is remarked by the pre• Those towers, at a great distance, • sent Laureat in his prologue to Papal • whose bases are founded upon rocks,
• Tyranny• and whose tops seem lost in the clouds, Shakespeare, whose art no play-wright can ' are fituated in the I Ne of Fame. Con
excel, . tiguous to these, you may discern by Has launch'd us fleets of plays, and built
the glittering of it's golden sands, is them well.
The Genius then bade me turn my • fels, which are yonder failing with a eye, where the water seemed to foam 'fair wind on the main sea, are making with perpetual agitation. That,' said
towards one or other of these: but he is the strong Current of Politics, you will observe, that on their first often fatal to those who venture on it." setting out they were irresistibly drawn I could not but take notice of a poor into the Eddies of Criticism, where wretch on the oppolite shore, fastened they were obliged to encounter the by the ears to a terrible machine. This, molt dreadful tempefts and hurricanes. the Genius informed me, was the meIn these dangerous streights, you see morable Defoe, set up there as a land. with what violence every bark is cost mark, to prevent future mariners from up and down: some go to the bottom splitting on the same rock. at once; others, after a faint struggle, To this turbulent profpeet succeeded are beat to pieces; many are much objects of a more placid nature. in a damaged; while a few by found planks little creek, winding through flowery and tight rigging are enabled to wea meads and lady groves, I descried levether the form.'
ral gilded yaches and pleasure-boats, all At this light I started back with hor- of them keeping due time with their ror: and the remembrance itill dwells silver oars, and gliding along the finooth, to trong upon my fancy, that I even even, calm, regularly flowing Rivulets now imagine the torrent of Criticism of Rhyme. Shepherds and thepherdesses buifting in upon me, and ready to over playing on the banks; the fails were whelm me in an instant.
gently lwelled with the soft breezes of Caft a look,' resumed my instructor, amorous sighs; and little Loves sported on that vaft lake divided into two in the filken cordage.
parts, which lead to yonder magnificent My attention was now called off from • Itructures, erected by the Tragic and these pacific scenes to an obflinate en• Comic Muse. There you may ob. gagement between several ships, diftin* ferve many trying to force a passage guished from all others by bearing the
without chart or compass. Some have Holy Cross for their colours. These,
been overset by crouding too much the Genius told me, were employed in 'fail, and others have fcun lered by the Holy War of Religious Controversy; carrying too much ballaft. An * Ara and he pointed out to me a few Corsairs cadian vessel (the master an Irishman) in the service of the Infidels, fometimes was, through contrary squalls, scarce aiding one party, fometimes tiding with able to live nine days: but you see the other, as might belt contribute to
that light Italian gondola, Gli the general confusion. * Amanti Gelosi, ikims along pleasant I obferved in different parts of the
• Philoclea, a tragedy; founded on Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia.
ocean several gallies, which were rowed of these were endeavouring to make the by llaves.
• Those,' said the Genius, Coast of Gain by hanging out falfe co. are fitted out by very oppressive own lours, or by forging their passports, and • ers, and are all of them bound to the pretending to be freighted out by the ** Coast of Gain. The miserable moft reputable traders. « wretches, whom you see chained to My eyes were at last fixed, I know • The oars, are obliged to tug without not how, on a spacious channel, run• the least respite; and though the voyage ning through the midst of a great city. • should turn out successful, they have I felt such a secret impulse at this sight, • little or no fhare in the profits. Some that I could not help enquiring particu« few you may observe, who rather larly about it. • The discovery of that e chuse to make a venture on their own • passage,' said the Genius, 'was first • bottoms. Tbese work as hard as the • made by one Bickerstaff, in the good • galley. Ilaves, and are frequently cast • ship called The Tatler, and who after• away: but though they are ever so of. wards embarked in The Spectator and • ten wrecked, necessity ftill conftrains • Guardian. These have been followed • them to put out to sea again.' s since by a number of little noops, -Reficit rates
• skiffs, hoys, and cock-boats, which
have been most of them wrecked in Quafas, indacilis pauperiem pati.
the attempt. Thither also must your Still must the wretch his shatter'd bark refit; the Genius suddenly snatched me up in
6 course be directed.'-At this instant For who to starve can patiently submit?
his arms, and plunged me headlong into It were needless to enumerate many the inky flood. While I lay gasping other particulars, that engaged my no and struggling beneath the waves, metice. Among the rest was a large fleet thought I heard a familiar voice calling of Annotators, Dutch-built, which fail me by my name; which awaking me, ed very heavy, were often a-ground, I with pleasure recollected the features and continually ran foul on each other. of the Genius in those of my publisher, The whole ocean, I also found, was in- who was standing by my bed-lide, and fested by pirates, who ransacked every had called upon me for copy. sich veslel that came in their way. Most
No IV. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1754.
CONJUGIUM VOCAT, HOC PRÆTEXIT NOMINE CULPAM.
TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.
T is with the utmost concern I have from me some shrewd remarks upon the
heard myself within this week past Marriage-bill. To oblige them in some accused at several tea-tables, of not be measure, I shall at present recommend ing a man of my word. The female to their notice the following advertisepart of my readers exclaim against me ment, which has been sent me with a for not having as yet paid my particu request to make it public. lar addresses to the fair. ( Who is this 'Mr. Town?' says one:
• Where can • the creature live? He has said nothing THE REVEREND MR. KEITH,
yet of the dear Burletta girl: Ano. (WHO HAS HAD THE HONOUR TO PERther wonders that I have not recom. mended to the ladies Mr. Hoyle's New Calculation of Chances; for understand
BILITY, GENTRY, AND OTHERS) ing which nothing more is required, we are told, than the First Principles of THAT he shall continue at his chaArithmetic; that is, to know how to tell pel in May Fair no longer than the the pips, and fet upone's game. But I find present month. He will then let our on his the whole fex in general have expected progress through the principal Market
FORM BEFORE SEVERAL OF THE NO
GIVES THIS PUBLIC NOTICE,
indebted to the French. Such Aippant
towns, where he will exhibit publicly, . ' nest woman of her,' the is entitled to without loss of time, any hour of the all the licence of a courtesan: day or night. He will perform to no I have lately seen, with a good deal of less than two persons, and will wait on compassion, a few forward maiden ladies any gentleman and lady privately at their invelting themselves with the dignities, own houses.
and encroaching on the privileges of this We have no connection with the tion them to recede in time." As their
order. It may not be improper to cauFleet parlors, or other pretenders. Beware of counterfeits. Ego fum folus.
claim to these liberties is unwarranted by
custom, they will not retain that ambia I may perhaps take a future opportu. guous reputation enjoyed by the Demi. nity of enlarging on this very important Reps, whose whole syitem of conduct is Tubject, the Marriage-Bill; but shall at founded on the basis of matrimony. present oblige the ladies by celebrating Every lady, therefore, inclined to in. an order of females lately sprung up dulge herself in all those little innocent among them, usually distinguished by freedoms, mould confine herself within the denomination of Demi-Reps a the pale of matrimony, to elude censure; word not to be found in any of our dice as insolvent debtors avoid a jail by lodgtionaries.
ing within the verge of the court. This order, which seems daily en A Demi-Rep then muft necesarily be creasing upon us, was first inftituted by married: nor is it easy for a lady to fome ladies eminent for their public maintain so critical a character, unless spirit, with a view of raising their half she is a woman of fashion. Titles and of the species to a level with the other in estates bear down all weak censures, and the unbounded licence of their enjoy- filence scandal and detraction. That ments. By this artifice the most open good-breeding too, so inviolably previolation of modesty takes the name of served among persons of condition, is innocent freedom and gaiety; and as of infinite service. This produces that long as the lat failing remains a secret, delightful infipidity to reinarkable in the lady's honour is spotless and un- persons of quality, whose conversation tainted. In a word, a Demi. Rep is a flows with an even tenor, undisturbed Jady, whom every body thinks, what by sentiment, and unruffied by passion: nobody chuses to call her.
infomuch that hulbands and wives, broIt is absolutely necessary, that everythers, filters, cousins, and in short the lady of this order should be married. whole circle of kindred and acquaintCustom has given a certain charm to ance, can entertain the most thorough wedlock, which changes the colour of contempt and even hatred for each other, our actions, and renders that behaviour without transgressing the minutest article Rot improper, which in a state of celi- of good-breeding and civility. But bacy would be accounted indecent and those females, who want the advantages scandalous. As to the promises made of birth and fortune, muit be content to in marriage, ' to love, honour, and wrap themselves up in their integrity; • obey,' custom has made them also for the lower fort are so notoriously demerely ceremonial, and in fact as little ficient in the requisites of politeness, that binding as the wedding-ring, which they would not fail to throw out the may be put on or pulled off at pleasure. molt cruel and bitter invectives against
Religious and political writers have the pretty delinquents. both for different reasons endeavoured to The great world will, I doubt not, encourage frequent marriages: but this return me thanks for thus keeping the order, if it maintains it's ground, will mare Canaille at a distance, and securing to certainly promote them. How inviting them a quiet poflession of their enjoymuft such a late appear to a woman of ments. And here I cannot but obferve, spirit! An English wife, with all the in. how respectable an order the Demi- Reps discretions of a girl, may affume more compose, of which the lovely listerhood than the privileges of a woinan; may muft all be married, and almost all Riglie trifle publicly with the beaus and sínarts, Honourable. introduce them to her toilette, and fix it For this order, among many other as a certain rule in all her conversation embellishinents of modern life, we are and behaviour, that when once marriage has (in Lucy's phrase) • made an ho gaiety is more agreeable to the genius