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amount of virtue, grace, and accomplishment will be found immense, it enriches the empire. How tender of their offspring; how economical in their families; how attentive to the moral and religious duties of life
I do believe, if it were not that modest women, by their chaste endearments restrain the licentiousness of man, society would cease to exist.
Now with respect to the nakedness of the ladies, I shall attempt a word or two in their defence: I compare the female character to Truth, and every body knows that the naked truth is best; the reason is, that TRUTH has a beautiful and lovely form, and shame can never be attached to it. Now the comparison is clear. The ladies of the present day have beautiful and love ly forms, and very little shame; ergo, they resemble TRUTH. I shall not say a word about the new invented corsets, since they help to make up things to advantage, and as the embonpoint is all the fashion; nor about red elbows, since the pink dye is the rage. I long positively for the next masquerade, or to be introduced to this famous Madame Lanchester, that I may know how to undress the ladies of the moon, of whose manners and customs I intend hereafter ta some account.
SIR, " For heaven's sake, Mr. Man in the Moon, whither, like Phaeton, are you driving full speed? do pause a moment ere you go a single step farther. Have
you any conception of the race of people you are enlightening with your rays of knowledge ? and pray, why after all did you prefer illumining England? Is it because your brethren, the Israelites, there find an asylum ? For the honour of humanity I will believe it to be so, and that pure gratitude influenced your motives. But, pray sir, take care what you do, or you will be caricatured in every print shop at the west end of the town; for know, sir, that the English are a nation of—not shopkeepers, as a great little man has advanced, but a nation of profile painters. You recollect what one of the ancients says of the origin of profiles ; according to the imperfect image preserved in the saloon of my memory, I believe it was Quintilian, or if it was not him it must be somebody else ; for I, being of the modern school, am utterly unable to forge it, even in this age of forgeries. However, if you read half the classics carefully over, you will probably find a passage beginning habet in pictura speciam; but as I hate all the classics, excepting Hoyle's Games, and the Racing Calendar, you will excuse my going on with the quotation; he tells us, that Apelles having to paint the portrait of a person who had lost an eye, he avoided introducing the disagreeable object by the invention of the profile. You know, Mr.Man in the Moon, that great examples form mighty precedents, and therefore in imitation of the immortal Appelles, the English paint entirely in profile.
They are, upon my honour, sir, nothing but profile painters. Look at Peter Parasite's picture of my Lord Lugubre, his carbuncle nose, wide mouth, and irregular
eye-brows, are reduced in plans; and every one who sees the picture only, would swear that his lordship is a very handsome man. The fact is, that one side of his lordship's face is much smaller than the other, and less deformed; this side thin, which some call the right side, is what the painter chose. Yet even here the artist could not avoid flattering his lordship, who esteems it a devilish good likeness; though a whole party on being asked to say who it was painted for, were unable even to guess; when his lordship broke out in an oath, " Why, damme, it is me.” A caricaturist, on seeing the picture displayed at Somerset-house, framed a counterpart, taking care to double every deformitystrange to tell, every body knew for whom it was intended. The graceful exterior of his lordship being amply described, the interior was reserved for the Annual Biographer, for his lordship, by means of newspaper paragraphs, for which he pays at least three hundred a year, has acquired some degree of popularity-notoriety, I would say. Now behold the assiduity of Mr. Anonymous, in the first instance, he gives an outline sketch of his lordship, “ from a painting by Mr. Parasite, R. A. in the possession of his lordship.” He then proceeds to delineate his lordship's mind, where he discovers learning, wit, and genuine humour, a refined understanding, and a heart hereditary noble and munificent. His lordship's taste, (he says) is the standard of worth and genius, and his opinions the result of profound erudition, and an extensive knowledge of human nature. Mr. Anonymous has not informed us how much he received for this
string of compliments; but he certainly deserves a re muneration for concealing that his lordship was hung up by the thumbs in one coffee-house, caned in a second, and kicked out of a third, for defrauding the house of a couple of bottles of claret which he had drank. Why did he not expatiate on the same horsewhipping which his lordship received at Newmarket, and his being dismissed from the army for cowardice? Why did not the panegyrist tell us, that Lord Lugubre shot his best hunter because he was a bad horseman and that while guardian of a public charity, he appropriated the offerings of benevolence to his own avarice; that none but Lord Lugubre would have escaped the gallows for his crimes; and that wherever he goes, his vices and ugliness, which are in reality counterparts of each other, occasion him to be pointed out as a man to be hated, and as a monster to be shunned ; but that was reserved probably for
« Your humble servant,
A Critique on the New Piece of Cinderella will be in the next Number.
Omnes ordines ad conservandam rempublicam, mente, voluntate, studio, virtute, voce,
CICERO, OR. 4. IN CAT.
"I SHALL thank you to give the underwritten a place in your paper, it is a just tribute to the volunteers of the country."
" It has always been considered a memorable and glorious era in the political or moral history of a nation, when its citizens have cheerfully and voluntarily taken up arms in its defence. The most renowned periods of ancient times are those in which this virtue was most conspicuous, and there is such a natural and moral beauty in it, that it has not failed, whenever displayed, to win the applause of all succeeding ages. The most admired acts on record derive their charm from this source. We cannot separate the bravery of Leonidas and his three hundred Spartans from their patriotism, nor forget that they died in the protection of their country.