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than the other.' I have not been able femblies, or broke up tlie club at Ar. to write the operas out of the kingdom: thur's, I can safely boatt, that I have and, though I have more than once roured the many-headed montter at the shewed my contempt for Harlequin, I Difputant Society at the Robin Hood, am assured there are no lets than three and put to silence the great Ciare MarPantomimes to be brought on this fea. ket. Orator. In a word, I have labourfon. As I inverted myself with the dig- ed to prevent the growth of vice and nity of supreme judge in theatrical mat. immorality; and with as much effect as ters, I was in hopes that my Lord the Justices at the Quarter- felions. For Chamberlain would at least have ap- this reason I expected to have been put pointed me his Deputy-licenter; but he in the commission, and to have had the has not even consulted me on any one power of licensing all places of public new play. I made no doubt but the diversion vested fölely in my hands. But managers would pay their court to me: as I find my merits have been hitherto but they have not once fent for me to over looked, I am determined to lay dinner; and, to far from having the down my office; and in my next numfreedom of the house, I declare I have ber I hall take my final leave of the not had so much as a single order from public; wiren I shall give them an acany of the under-actors.
count of my correspondenis, together In niy office of Censor General, with a full and particular account of though I cannot boast of having over- MYSELF. tuined the card tablts at routes and ar.
N° CXL. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1756.
SURE IN THE SELF-SAME MOULD THEIR MINDS WERE CAST,
DERIODICAL writers, who re- who have been pleased to appear in their
as writers. They have, there! re, itd world sheet by sheet, acquire a sort of the clute of their work, brought Mr. familiarity and intimacy with the pub. Town and his afficiates on the scene lic, peculiar to themselves. Had ihefe together, like the dramatis perfonæ at four volumes, which have swelled byde- the end of the last act. grees to their prefent bulk, but forth Our earlieit and inost frequent correat once, Mr. Town must have intro- spondent distinguished his favours by duced himself to the acquaintance of the the fignatures G. K. and we are forry public with the aukward air and dif- that he will not allow us to mention his tance of a Itranger: but he now flatters name; fmce it would reflect as mucha himself, that they will look upon him credit on our work, as we are sure will as an old companion, whose conversa- restound to it from his contributions. tion they are pleated with; and, as they To him we are proud to own ourselves will see him no more after this time, indebted for most part of No XIV, and will now and then perhaps miss their XVII; for the Letter, ligned Goliah ulual visitor.
English, in No XIX; for a great part However this may be, the Authors of No XXXIlI. and XL ; and for the of the Connoisseur now think proper to Letters, figned Reginalt Fitzworm, Min close the undertaking in which they chael Krawbidge, Moses Ortholcx, have been engaged for near three years and Thom. Vainall, in N° CII. CVII. paft: and among their general thanks cxii. and cxxix. to the indulgent readers of their papers, The next, in priority of time, is a they must include in a particular man- gentleman of Cambridge, who figned Eer their acknowledgments to those, himself A. B, and we cannot but regret
that he withdrew his affiftance, after discovery of Ourselves, and to answer having obliged us with the best part of the often-repeated question of Who the Letters in No XLVI. XLIX. and is Mr. Town?' it being the custom for LII. and of the Essays in N° LXII. and the periodical writers, at the same time LXIV.
that they send the hawkers abroad with The Letters in N° LXXX11. XCVIII. their Jatt dying speech like the inalefaccxii. and cxxx. came from various tors, like them allo to couple it with a hands, equally unknown to us. The confeffion. The general method of unImitation of Horace, in N° xi. was ravelling this mystery is by declaring, written (as we are informed) by a gen. to whom the different fignatures, afñxtleman of Oxford: and from two gen. ed to different papers, are appropriated. tlemen of Cambridge we received the For ever fince the days of the inimitable Letter, figned W. Manly, in N° LXV. Spectator, it has been uual for a bold and another, signed B. A. in No CVII. Capital to stand like a sentry, at the
These unexpected marks of favour, end of our essays, to guard the author conferred on us by ftrangers, demand in secrecy : and it is commonly supporour highest gratitude: but we are no ed, that the writer, who does not chuse less happy in being able to boast the to put his name to his work, has in this allistance of some other gentlemen, manner, like the painters and statuaries whom we are proud to call friends, of old, at least fet his mark. But the though we are not at liberty to intro. Authors of the Connoisseur now conduce them to the acquaintance of our fess, that the several letters, at first readers. From a friend engaged in the pitched upon to bring up the rear of their Law, we had the first sketches and most essays, have been annexed to different striking passages of N° LXXV. LXXVIII. papers, at random, and sometimes omitLXXXVII, and civ. though it may be ted, on purpose to put the fagacious regretted by the public, as well as our reader on a wrong scent. It is partiselves, that his leisure would not permit cularly the interest of a writer, who him to put the finishing hand to them. prints himself out week by week, to reFrom a friend, a gentlenian of the main unknown, during the course of Temple, we received No cxi. cxv. this piece-nieal publication. The best and cxix. To a friend, a member of method, therefore, to prevent a discoTrinity College, Cambridge, we are very, is to make the road to it as intriindebted for the Song in N° LXXII. cate as possible ; and, instead of seeming and the Verses in N° LXVII. to aim at keeping the reader entirely in cxxv. and cxxxv. The list of the dark, to hang out a kind of wancontributions from such capable friends dering light, which only serves to lead would doubtless have been much larger, him astray. The desire of giving each had they been sooner let into the secret: writer his due, according to the fignabut as Mr. Town, like a great prince, tures, has, in the course of this under. chose to appear incog. in order to avoid taking, often confused the curious in the impertinence of the multitude, he their enquiries. Soon after the publicadid not even make himself known to tion of our first papers, fome ingenious those about his person, till at last they gentlemen found out, that T, 0, W,N, themselves found him out through his being the letters that formed the name disguise.
of TOWN, there were four authors, There are still remaining two corre- each of whom sheltered himself under a fpondents, who must stand by them. particular letter ; but no paper ever apo félves; as they have wrote to us, not in pearing with an N affixed to it, they an assumed character, but in propria were obliged to give up this notion. persona. 'The firit is no less a person. But, if they had been more able decyage than the great Orator Henley, who pherers, they would have made out, obliged us with that truly original Let- that though T, O, W, will not comter, printed in N° xxxvii. The other, pose the name of TOWN, yet, by a who favoured us with a Le ter no less different arrangement of the letters, it original, in No Lxx. we have reason will form the word TWO: which is to believe, is a Methodist Teacher and the grand mystery of our signatures, a mechanic; but we do not know either and couches under it the true and real his name or his trade.
number of the Authors of the Connois. We now come to the most important seur.
Having thus declared Mr. Town'to To gratify this passior., many literary confift of two separate individuals, it anec:lotes Have been published, and an will perhaps be expected, that, like two account of their life, character, and betradesmen, who have agreed to diffolve haviour, has been prefixed to the works their partnership, we should exactly ba- of our molt celebrated writers. Ellayifts lance our accounts, and assign to each are commonly expected to be their own his due parcel of the stock. But our Biographers: and perhaps our readers accounts are of so intricate a nature, may require foine further intelligence that it would be impossible for us to ad. concerning the Au: hors of the Connoisfuft them in that manner. We have feur. But, as they have all along aptot only joined in the work taken alto. peared as a sort of Sofias in literature, Fether, but almost every single paper is they cannot now describe themselves any the joint product of boih: and, as we otherwise, than as one and the same per. kave laboureil equally in erecting the fon; and can only satisfy the curiosity fabric, we cannot pretend, that any one of the public, by giving a short account particular part is the sole workinanship of that i'espectable personage Mr. Town, of either. An hint has perhaps been considering him as of the plural, or raStarted by one of us, improved by the ther (according to the Græcians) of the orher, and still further heightened by an
dual number. appy coalition of sentiment in both: Mr. Town is a fair, black, middle
fire is truck out by a mutual collition sized, very short man. He wears bis af flint and steel. Sometimes, like own hair and a periwig. He is about Strada's lovers conversing with the sym- thirty years of age, and not inore than pathetic needles, we have written papers four and twenty. He is a Student of together it fifty miles distance from each the Law, and a Bachelor of Phyfiç. other: the first rough draught or loose He was bred at the University of Oxminutes of an essay have often travelled ford; where having taken no less than in the stage coach from town to country, three degrees, he looks down on many and from country to town; and we have learned professors as his inferiors: yet, frequently waited for the post man having been there but little longer than (whom we expected to bring us the pre- to take the first degree of Bachelor of cious remainder a Connoisseur) with Arts, it has more than once happened, the fame anxiety, as we should wait for that the Censor-General of all England the haif of a bank note, without which has been reprimanded by the Cenfor of the other half would be of no value. his College, for neglecting to furnish These our joint labours, it may easily the usual Elay, or in the collegiate be imagined, would have soon broke off phrase) the Theme of the week. abruptly, if either had been too fondly This joint description of ourselves attached to his own little conceits, or if will, we hope, satisfy the reader, withwe had conversed together with the jea. out any further information. For our lousy of a rival, or the complaisance of own parts, we cannot but be pleased with a formal acquaintance, who smiles at having raised this monument of our muevery word that is said by his compa- tual friendihip and esteem: and if these nion. Nor could this work have been essays shall continue to be read, now fo long carried on, with so much chear. they will no longer make their appear. fulness and good humour on both sides, ance as the fugitive pieces of the week, if the Two had not been as closely unit. we shall be happy in considering, that ed, as the two Students, whom the we are mentioned at the same time. We Spectator mentions, as recorded by a have all the while gone on, as it were, Terræ Filius at Oxford, ' to have had hand in hand together: and while we • but one mind, one purse, one cham- are both employed in furnishing matter • ber, and one hat.'
for the paper now before us, we cannot It has been often remarked, that the help smiling at our thus making our reader is very desirous of picking up exit together, like the Two Kings of some little particulars concerning the au- Brentford smelling at one nosegay. thor of the book which he is perusing.
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