Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub

had proved, until he had established his client's case. the counsel for the defendant had not a word left to say, and the counsel for the plaintiff gained his cause. I presume, Sir, you will now discover the considerable advantage of

my

little automaton over any accidental orator; as a counsel would have nothing in the world to do but to recollect which pocket his case may be in, and set it to work accordingly.

and

“ Players would also find my invention of great use, as they might set their parts to the proper cues, not have occasion to take every thing from the side, which must certainly be attended with trouble to themselves and to the prompter. It will also be serviceable to the president of a public company, who will have only to set a sufficient number of toasts, sentiments, good things, and puns, such as are heard in good company; this may be done with great ease by the help of a Joe Milleriana.

6. There can be no doubt of its use among the military in giving the word of command, as '

my little field officer always speaks in a high tone, and don't stammer.

“I shall conclude by observing, that I have described and ascertained the nature of my invention freely to you, as to a man who will not infringe upon my pa. tent, but who will assist it with the public, as the specification is neither false nor defective: at any rate, I think it deserves a trial. A word to the wise is enough, though that' doctrine would destroy many a fine orator, and ruin the sale of my little public speaker, whom I wish to speak to some purpose, and to be paid for speaking, otherwise his argument would amount to nothing, which I believe is always the case where nothing is to be gained,

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

“ Trusting, Sir, that you will, through the medium
of your paper, recommend the pocketloquist to the
public as an ingenious and useful invention,

I am, with great respect,
Your most obedient humble servant,

PETER PARROT."
Magpie Alley, Moorfields.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

With respect to the pocketloquist, I think the thing speaks for itself.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

Since the letter I received from the MAN IN ARMOUR,
I have been favoured with a communication from the
MAN. AT THE MAST HEAD, which I shall give to my
readers in my next Number,

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

I have also received numerous cards of invitation to routs, French dinners, petit soupers, cards and balls, The great Mameluke cannot be more a subject of curiosity than I find myself to be with the town ; the following are two of the modish cards that I have received,

ld

[ocr errors]

Lady Moonshine's compliments, will be at home in the evening to the Man in the Moon. Tea and cards."

Park Lane, Nov. 21st, 1823.

“ Miss Puckersleeve's compliments, requests the favour of the Man in the Moon's company on Friday night, to her Bal Masquè.”

Portman Square, Noc. 21st, 1803.

I don't think that I can go'to either.

The Man in the Moon is not, however, adverse to the recreations of the fashionable world, which he considers to have been much improved within two or three years past; professed gambling at the houses of distinguished ladies has decreased, and dramatic performances, music, readings, &c. often constitute the entertainments of the evening; these may be managed so as to afford mental satisfaction, and the good old sentiment, “ May the pleasures of the evening bear the morning's reflection,” be exemplified. The petit soupers of refined and elegant people are delectable treats of conversation more than of viands, and wit, chaste repartee, and good humoured mirth constitute the choice repast of the evening. Yet even these should be managed with economy, or the donor

may suffer private anguish in the midst of public entertainment, and feel all the misery extravagance purchases, as the price of ill-judged pleasure.

All that is wanted, is that the ranks of society may cease to measure, in the scale of contempt, the inabilities of each other, that they may accept from friends of moderate fortunes, who have merit and taste, an economy of table, infinitely more grateful than all the luxuries of food and wine, where merit and taste is not.

[ocr errors]

It might reasonably be expected that, if any people ought to know the best means of being happy, and of enjoying life, it should be those whose education and circumstances set them above the prejudices and necessities that so much hurt the manners of the lower orders; and it would be so, if the great did not, as it were, invent plagues, and cares, totally abstracted from their condition, as if purposely to assist in equalizing the dispensations of Providence, and to make themselves common sharers of anxiety with the rest of mankind.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

THE

MAN IN THE MOON.

.

« SPERANDUS.”
To be hoped for.

NUMBER VI.

Wednesday, 30th Nov. 1803.

It would be for the happiness of man if he could be once engaged to a fair and honest consideration of those differences of opinion in religious matters, which have for so many ages disturbed and dismembered society, and nourished the poisonous scions of hatred sprung up with prejudice and error. And yet nothing appears to be more easy among the truly good, than to determine what is pure religion; they will have little else to do than to examine its analogy with nature, and reason, and that affected difference of opinion, which has so long shaken and destroyed the happiness of society, would be made to yield to certain and fixed principles of truth, on which none could differ, and an universal assent give peace to the world. The modes of faith would then be no more than different ways of giving praise to God, and of promoting his grand design, the happiness of his creatures.

I confess that when I see the Protestant in his church, the Roman Catholic in his chapel, or the

« ForrigeFortsæt »