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Magnificent in Stamboul, but less grand,
And as we are talking of it, do hand us over that paper of Cotton's best, until I blow a cloud.
NORTH. Why, Odoherty, you have scarcely brought us any news from London.
ODOHERTY. How could you expect blood from a turnip? There's no news there. Parliament was just spinning down, when I quitted the city, as drowsily as a tetotum-nothing doing in the monde literaire-the Haymarket gay, to be sure, and our friend Terry, drollest of actors, as he is among the worthiest of men, making the populace laugh—but I brought you down a special article on London, from a friend of mine, which will tell you everything tellable, so you need not pump me.
ODOHERTY. Saw the whole goodly army of martyrs in full array ; just as stupendously dull as ever, and, unless I mistake, more vicious, to speak as a jockey among the lower orders, than varmint. When I knew the body first, they were a fine hard-drinking pudding-headed race, who just got through their balaam as fast as their fingers would let them-spouted at the Eccentrics-regaled themselves with cheese and porter, and occasionally, when the funds were good, with Hollands and water, not caring a single sixpence for politics, or thinking themselves at all primed up with the opinions they were advocating -and there are still some of that good old school surviving, with two or three of whom I got misty one night at Offley's—but, sir, the Cockney portion of them have been horribly altered for the worse.
ODOHERTY. The poor creatures actually have set up to have opinions of their own-the idiots-and to have personal quarrels, and animosities, and principles, and fiddle-de-dee.
TICKLER. Mighty audacious. Can't they eat their victuals when they get them in peace.
The newspaper press is unquestionably becoming very base. What a hideous, a detestable attack, some of the Whig and Radical papers made on John Bull !
ODOHERTY. Well, do the press-gang itself justice! There was almost a universal outcry at that brutal business even among themselves. It was abominable. John, however, put it down like a man.
NORTH. Well now, had the unfortunate Beaconites, which we still have thrown in our faces, though heaven knows their worst crime was stupidity-done anything approaching that in atrocity, what an uproar would have been raised by the whole Whig party!
TICKLER. And deservedly, for they would have been base assassins; but the Whigs inay do anything--the basest as well as the most malignant of people.
Whigs are but asses ever,
Then rai! not so,
But let them go,
Into hev Ninny! nonny.
Sing merry ditties, and no mo
Of lumps so dull and heavy;
Then rail not so, &c.
There's a touch Shakesperian for you, in the twinkling of a bed-post.
You are not drinking anything, Tickler.
Drink to me only from a jug,
And I will pledge in mine;
And I'll not look for wine.
Doth ask a drink divine ;
That honour I'd resign. The second verse is not worth parodying. Aye, this is something like. Your health, Mr Editor.
NORTH. Mr Tickler, I have the pleasure of drinking your very good health. Apropos, has not Boone published a poem on things in general ?
ODOHERTY. I saw one in a certain place, sadly mutilated, and have read only two pages. It is a puff on Mr Canning.
TICKLER. Very superfluous, therefore. It is, moreover, a good joke to see the great man of the Council of Ten, the essence of gravity, thinking to flatter the witty Antijacobin by his balaam.
NORTH. Canning must have laughed at the idea, in his sleeve, I mean-for a minister can never laugh otherwise.
I suppose he addressed the book,
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