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the Exchange, to the diminution and wrong of ladies from the balconies to weep 'with Mrs. the said stock.jobbers.
Barry, as they hope to be wives and widows 'Thus far, in as brief and intelligible a man- themselves. I invite all, who bave nothing ner as any will can appear, until it is explained else to do, to accept of gloves and scarves. by the learned, I have disposed of my real and 'Thus, with the great Charles V. of Spain, personal estate; but, as I am an adept, I have I resign the glories of this transitory world: by birth an equal right to give also an inde- yet, at the same time, to shew you my indiffeasible title to my endowments and qualifica ference, and that my desires are not too much tions, which I do in the following manner. fixed upon any thing, I own to you, I am as
'Item, I give my chastity to all virgins who willing to stay as to go: therefore leave it in have withstood their market.
the choice of my gentle readers, whether I shall 'Item, I give my courage among all who hear from thein, or they hear no more from are asbamed of their distressed friends, all me." sneakers in assemblies, and men who show valour in common conversation.
White's Chocolate-house, April 25. 'Item, I give my wit (as rich men give to the Easter day being a time when you cannot rich) among such as think they have enough well meet with any but humble adventurers ; already. And in case they shall not accept of and there being such a thing as low gallantry, the legacy, I give it to Bentivolio * to defend as well as low comedy, Colonel Ramble* and his works, from time to time, as he shall think myself went early this morning into the fields, fit to ablish them.
wbich were strewed with shepherds and shepItem, I bestow my learning upon the ho. berdesses, but indeed of a different turn from norary members of the Royal Society.
the simplicity of those of Arcadia. Every ‘Now for the disposal of this body.
hedge was conscious of more than what the reAs these eyes must one day cease to gaze presentations of enamoured swains admit of. on Teraminta, and this heart shall one day Wbile we were surveying the crowd around us, pant no more for her indignation : that is to 'vo saw at a distance a company coming to. say, since this body must be earth; I shall ds Pancras Church; but though there was commit it to the dust in a manner suitable to not much disorder, we thought we saw the my character. Therefore, as there are those figure of a man stuck through with a sword, who dispute, whether there is any such real and at every step ready to fall, if a woman by person as Isaac Bickerstaff or not; I shall ex- his side had not supported him ; the rest folcuse all persons who appear what they really lowed two and two. When we came nearer are, from coming to my funeral. But all those this appearance, who should it be but monsieur who are, in their way of life, persone, as the Guardeloop, mine and Ramble's French taylor, Latins have it, persons assumed, and who ap- attended by others, leading one of madam pear what they really are not, are hereby in. Depingle's maids to the church, in order to vited to that solemnity.
their espousals. It was his sword tucked so 'The body shall be carried by six watchmen, high above his waist, and the circumflex which who are never seen in the day.
persons of his profession take in their walking, 'Ilem, The pall shall be held up by the six that made him appear at a distance wounded most known pretenders to honesty, wealth, and and falling. But the morning being rainy, power, who are not possessed of any of them. methought the march to this wedding was but The two first, a half-lawyer and a complete too lively a picture of wedlock itself. They justice. The two next, a chymist and a pro- seemed both to have a month's mind to make jector. The third couple, a treasury-solicitor the best of their way single ; yet both tugged and a small courtier.
arm in arm; and when they were in a dirty * To make my funeral (what that solemnity, way, he was but deeper in the mire, by endeawhen done to common men, really is in itself) vouring to pull out his companion, and yet a very farce; and since all mourners are mere without helping her. The bridegroom's feaactors on these occasions, I shall desire those thers in his hat all drooped; one of his shoes who are professedly such to attend mine. I had lost a heel. In short, he was in his humbly, therefore, beseech Mrs. Barry to act whole person and dress so extremely soused, once more, and be my widow. When she swoons that there did not appear one inch or single away at the church-porch, I appoint the merry thread about him unmarried.t Pardon me, sir Jobn Falstaff, and the gay sir Harry Wildair, that the melancholy object still dwells upon to support her. I desire Mr. Pinkethman to me so far, as to reduce me to punning. owfollow in the habit of a cardinal, and Mr. Bul-ever, we attended them to the chapel, wbere .ock in that of a privy-counsellor. To make we stayed to hear the irrevocable words proup the rest of the appearance, I desire all the
* Probably colonel Bretl, who is said to have been one
of the chief companions of Addison and Steele. • Dr. Richard Bentley, born at Wakefield in Yorkshire, + Alluding to the similarity of sound between the word Jan. 1661, died in July 1742.
unmarred and unmarrier.
nounced upon our old servaut, and made the not but say, when the judgment of any goud best of our way to town. I took a resolution author directs him to write a beating for Mr. to forbear all married persons, or any in dan. Bullock from Mr. William Pinkethman, or for ger of being such, for four and twenty bours Mr. William Pinketbman from Mr. Bullock, at least; therefore dressed, and went to visit those excellent players seem to be in their Florimel, tbe vainest thing in town, where I most shining circumstances, and please me knew would drop in colonel Picket, just come more, but with a different sort of delight, than from the camp, ber professed admirer. He is that which I receive from those grave scenes of that order of men who have much honour of Brutus and Cassius, or Antony and Ventidius. and merit, but witbal a coxcumb; the other The whole comedy is very just, and the low of that set of females, who has innocence and part of human life represented with much huwit, but the first of coquets. It is easy to be- mour and wit. lieve, these must be admirers of each other. She says, the colonel rides the best of any man
St. James's Coffee-house, April 25. in England: The colonel says, she talks the We are advised from Vienna, by letters o best of any woman. At the same time, he un- the twentieth instant, that the emperor hath derstands wit just as she does borsemanship. lately added twenty new members to his counYou are to know, these extraordinary persons cil of state, but they have not yet taken their see each other daily; and they themselves, as places at the board. General Thaun is returned well as the towu, think it will be a match : from Baden, his health being so well re-estabut it can never happen that they can come to blished by the baths of that place, that he de. the point; for, instead of addressing to each signs to set out next week for Turin, to his other, they spend their whole time in the recommand of the imperial troops in the service ports of themselves: he is satisfied if he can of the duke of Savoy. His imperial majesty convince her he is a fine gentleman, and a has advanced his brother, count Henry Thaun, man of consequence; and she in appearing to to be a brigadier, and a counsellor of the Aulic him an accomplished lady and a wit, without council of war. These letters import, that king further design, Thus be tells her of hisi. *n- Stanislaus and the Swedish general Crassau, ner of posting his men at such a pass, with are directing their march to the Nieper to join the numbers he commanded on that detach- the king of Sweden's army in Ukrania; that ment: she tells him, how she was dressed on the states of Austria have furnished marshal such a day at court, and what offers were Heister with a considerable sum of money, to made her the week following. She seems to enable him to push on the war vigorously in hear the repetition of his men's names with Hungary, where all things as yet are in perfect admirativo, and waits only to answer him with tranquillity; and that general Thungen has as false a muster of lovers. They talk to each been very importunate for a speedy reinforceother, not to be informed, but approved. Thus ment of the forces on the Upper Rhine, rethey are so like, that they are to be ever dis- presenting at the same time, what miseries tant, and the parallel lines may run together the inhabitants must necessarily undergo, if for ever, but never meet.
the designs of France on those parts be not
speedily and effectually prevented. Will's Coffee-house, April 25.
Letters from Rome, dated the thirteenth inThis evening the comedy, called ' Epsom stant, say, that on the preceding Sunday, his Wells,'* was acted for the benefit of Mr. Bul-holiness was carried in an open chair from St. lock, wbo, though he is a person of much wit Peter's to St. Mary's, attended by the sacred and ingenuity, has a peculiar talent of looking college, in cavalcade; and, after mass, distri. like a fool, and therefore excellently well quali- buted several dowries for the marriage of poor fied for the part of Bisket in this play. I can. and distressed virgins. The proceedings of that not indeed sufficiently admire his way of bear-court are very dilatory concerning the recoging a beating, as he does in this drama, and nition of king Charles, notwithstanding the that with such a natural air and propriety of pressing instances of the marquis de Prie, who folly, that one cannot belp wishing the whip in has declared, that if this affair be nut wholly one's own hand; so richly does he seem to de concluded by the fifteenth instant, he will reserve his chastisement. Skilful actors think it tire from that court, and order the imperial a very peculiar happiness to play in a scene troops to return into the ecclesiastical state. with such as top their parts. Therefore I can. On the other hand, the duke of Anjou's minister
has, in the name of his master, demanded of
his boliness to explain himself on that affair; * By Thomas Shadwell, afterwards poet-laureat to king William !!. It was first printed in quarto, 1676, but it which, it is said, will be finally determined in was acted, it should seem, from 1673. He stripped the a consistory to be held on Monday next; the laprel from the brows of Dryden, who thereupon wrote the duke d'Uzeda designing to delay his departure bitterest satire that ever was penned, entitled. M'Flecknoe.' He died sadilenly in 169., aged 32; and his friend Dr. N.
until he sees the issue. These letters also say, Brady preached his funeral sermon.
That the court was mightily alarmed at the
news which they received by an express from body of five thousaud men, was on his march Ferrara, that general Boneval, who commands to attack Gironne. The duke of Anjou has deia Comachio, had sent circular letters to the posed the bishop of Lerida, as being a favourer inhabitants of St. Alberto, Longastrino, Fillo, of the interest of king Charles, and has sumand other adjacent parts, enjoining them to moned a convocation at Madrid, composed of come and swear fealty to the emperor, and the archbishops, bishops, and states of that receive new investitures of their fiefs from his kingdom, wherein he hopes they will come to a hands. Letters from other parts of Italy say, resolution to send for no more bulls to Rome. that the king of Denmark continues at Lucca; that four English and Dutch men-of-war were seen off Onglia, bound for Final, in order to
Thursday, April 28, 1709. transport the troops designed for Barcelona; Quicquid agunt hominesand that her majesty's ship the Colchester ar
-nostri est larrago libelli. Juv. Sil. i. 85, 00. rived at Leghorn the fourth instant from Port- Whatc'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, Mahon, with advice that major-general Stan
Our motley paper seizes for it's theme,
P. hope designed to depart from thence the first White's Chocolate-house, April 26. instant with six or seven thousand men, to attempt the relief of the castle of Alicant.
The play of the London Cuckolds* was acted Our last advices from Berlin, bearing date this evening before a suitable audience, who the twenty-seventh instant, import that the
were extremely well diverted with that heap king was gone to Linum, and the queen to
of vice and absurdity. The indignation which Mecklenburg; but that their majesties design. Eugenio, who is a gentleman of a just taste, -d to return the next week to 'Oranienburg, has upon occasion of seeing human nature fali where a great chace of wild beasts was prepared
so low in its delights, made him, I thought, for their diversion, and from thence they id. expatiate upon the mention of this play very tend to proceed together to Potsdam; that the agreeably. Of all men living, said he, I piry prince royal was set out for Brabant, but in players (who must be men of good understand. tended to make some short stay at Hanover. ing, to be capable of being such, that they These letters also inform us, that they are alla
are obliged to repeat and assume proper gesvised from Obory, that the king of Sweden,
tures for representing things of which their being on his march towards Holki, met gene- disdain their audience for approving.
reason must be ashamed, and which they must ral Renne with a detachment of Muscovites,
The who, placing some regiments in ambuscade, amendment of these low gratifications is only attacked the Swedes in their rear, and putting to be made by people of condition, by encouragthem to flight, killed two thousand men, the ing the representation of the noble characters king bimself having his horse shot under him. drawn by Shakspeare and others, from whence
We hear from Copenhagen, that the ice be it is impossible to return without strong iming broke, the Sound is again open for the pressions of honour and humanity. On these ships; and that they hoped bis majesty would occasions, distress is laid before us with all its return sooner than they at first expected.
causes and consequences, and our resentment Letters from the Hague, dated May the placed according to the merit of the persons fourth, N. S. say, that an express arrived there afflicted. Were dramas of this nature more on the first, from prince Eugene to his grace acceptable to the taste of the town, men who the duke of Marlborough. The States are ad
have genius would bend their studies to excel vised that the auxiliaries of Saxony were ar.
in them. How forcible an affect this would rived on the frontiers of the United Provinces ;
have on our minds, one needs no more than to as also, that the two regiments of Wolfenbuttel, observe how strongly we are touched by mere and four thousand troops from Wirtemberg, pictures. Who can see Le Brun's picture of who are to serve in Flanders, are in full march the battle of Porus, without entering into the thither. Letters from Flanders say, that the character of that fierce gallant man, and being great convoy of ammunition and provisions, accordingly spurred to an emulation of his conwhich set out from Ghent for Lisle, was safely stancy and courage? When he is falling with arrived at Courtray. We hear from Paris, that his wound, the features are at the same time the king has ordered the militia on the coasts
very terrible and languishing; and there is such of Normandy and Bretagne to be in readiness
a stern faintness diffused through all bis look, to march; and that the court was in appre.
as is apt to move a kind of horror, as well as hension of a descent to animate the people to pity, in the beholder. This, I say, is an effect rise in the midst of their present hardships.
wrought by mere lights and shades; consider They write from Spain, that the pope's nuncio also a representation made by words only, as left Madrid the tenth of April, in order to go to Bayonne; that the marquis de Bay was at * A very immoral, as well as a very ill-written comedy, Badajos, to observe the motions of the Portu- by Edward Ravenscroft. It used to be acted frequently,
especially upon Lord Mayor's days, in contempl, audio gueze ; and that the count d'Estain, with a
the disgrace of the city.
ia an account given by a good writer: Catiline Letters from the Hague, of the third of May, in Sallust makes just such a figure as Porus by advise, that the president Rouille, after his last Le Brun. It is said of him, Catilina verò longè conference with the deputies of the States, bad a suis inter hostium cadavera repertus est ; retired to Bodegrave, five miles distant from paululum etiam spirans, ferocitatemque ani. Worden, and expected the return of a courier mi, quam vivus habuerat, in vultu retinens. from France on the fourth, with new instruc'Cataline was found killed, far fram his own tions. It is said, if his answer from the French men, among the dead bodies of the enemy: he court shall not prove satisfactory, he will be seemed still to breathe, and still retained in desired to withdraw out of these parts. In the bis face the same fierceness he had when he mean time it is also reported, that his equipage, was living.' You have in that one sentence a as an ambassador on this great occasion, is ac. lively impression of his whole life and actions. tually on the march towards him. They write What I would insinuate from all this is, that from Flanders, that the great convoy of proviif the painter and the historian can do thus sions, which set out from Gbent, is safely armuch in colours and language, what may not rived at Lisle. Those advices add, that the he performed by an excellent poet, when the enemy had assembled near Tournay a concharacter be draws is presented by the person, siderable body of troops, drawn out of the the manner, the lowk, and the motion, of an neighbouring garrisons. Their high mighti. accomplished player? Jf a thing painted or re- nesses having sent orders to their ministers at lated can irresistibly enter our hearts, what Hamburgh and Dantzic, to engage the magismay not be brought to pass by seeing generous trates of those cities to forbid the sale of corn things performed before our eyes? Eugenio to the French, and to signity to them, that ended his discourse, by recommending the apt the Dutch merchants will buy up as much of use of a theatre, as the most agreeable and that commodity as they can spare; the Hameasy method of making a polite and moral burghers have accordingly contracted with the gentry; which would end in rendering the rest Dutch, and refused any commerce with the of the people regular in their behaviour, and French on that occasion. ambitious of laudable undertakings.
From my own Apartment. St. James's Coffee-house, April 27. After the lassitude of a day, spent in the Letters from Naples of tbe ninth instant, strolling manner which is usual with men o! N. S. advise, that cardinal Grimani had or- pleasure in this town, and with a head full of dered the regiment commanded by general a million of impertinencies, which bad danced Pate to march towards Final, in order to em- round it for ten hours together, I came to my bark for Catalonia; whither also a thousand lodging, and hastened to bed. My valet de borse are to be transported from Sardinia, be chambre knows my university-trick of reading sides the troops which come from the Milanese. there; and he, being a good scholar for a genAn Englisb man-of-war has taken two prizes, teman, ran over the names of Horace, Tibul. one a vessel of Malia, the other of Genoa, hotblus, Ovid, and others, to know which I would laden with goods of the enemy. They write have. ' Bring Virgil,' said I; ' and if I fall from Florence of the thirteenth, that his ma- asleep, take care of the candie.' I read the jesty of Denmark bad received a courier from sixth book over with the most exquisite dethe Hague, with an account of some matters ligbt, and had gone balf through it a second relating to the treaty of a peace; upon which time, when the pleasing ideas of Elysiau fields, he declared, that he thought it necessary to deceased worthies walking in them, true lovers hasten to his own dominions.
enjoying their languishment without pain, comLetters from Switzerland inform us, that the passion for the unhappy spirits who had miseffects of ihe great scarcity of corn in France spent their short day-ligbt, and were exiled were felt at Gedeva; the magistrates of which from the seats of bliss for ever; I say, I was city bad appointed deputies to treat with the deep again in my reading, when this mixture cantons of Bern and Zurich, for leave to buy of images had taken place of all others in my up such quaotities of grain within their terri. imagination before, and lulled me into a dream, tories as should be thought necessary. The from which I am just awake, to my great disprotestants of Tockenburg are still in arms advantage. The happy mansions of Elysium, about the convent of St. John, and have de- by degrees, seemed to be wasted from me, and clared, that they will not lay them down, until the very traces of my late waking thoughts they shall have sufficient security, from the began 10 fade away, when I was cast by a sudRoman Catholics, of living unmolested in the den whirlwind upon an island, encompassed exercise of their religion. In the mean time, with a roaring and troubled sea, which shaked the deputies of Bern and Tockenburg have fre- its very centre, and rocked its inhabitants as quent conferences at Zurich with the regency in a cradle. The islanders lay on their faces, of that canton, to find out methods for quieting without offering to look up, or hope for preserthese disorders.
vation; all ber harbours were crowded with
mariners, and tall vessels of war lay in danger | which sat a personage adorned with warlike of being driven to pieces on her shores. “Bless trophies, bearing on his left arm a shield, on me!' said I, 'wly have I lived in such a man which was engraven the image of victory, and ner, that the convulsion of nature should be in his right hand a branch of olive. His visage so terrible to me, when I feel in myself that was at once so winning and so awful, that the the better part of me is to survive it? Oh! shield and the olive seemed equally suitable to may that be in bappiness!' A sudden shriek, bis genius. in which the whole people on their faces joined, When this illustrious person * touched on interrupted my soliloquy, and turned my eyes the shore, he was received by the acclamations and attention to the object that bad given us of the people, and followed to the palace of that sudden start, in the midst of an incon- the heroine. No pleasure in the glory of her solable and speechless affliction. Immediately arms, or the acclamations of her applauding the winds grew calm, the waves subsided, and subjects, were ever capable to suspend her sorthe people stood up, turning their faces upon row for one moment, till she saw the olivea magoificent pile in the midst of the island. branch in the hand of that suspicious mesThere we beheld an hero of a comely and erect senger. At that sight, as heaven bestows its aspect, but pale and languid, sitting under a blessings on the wants and importunities of canopy of state. By the faces and dumb sor- mortals, out of its native bounty, and not to row of those who attended, we thought him in increase its own power or honour, in compassion the article of death. At a distance sat a lady to the world, the celestial mourner was then whose life seemed to hang upon the same thread first seen to turn her regard to things below ; with his ; sbe kept her eyes fixed upon him, and, taking the branch out of the warrior's and seemed to smother ten thousand thousand hand, looked at it with much satisfaction, and nameless things, which urged her tenderness spoke of the blessings of peace, with a voice to clasp him in her arms; but her greatness and accent, such as in that which guardian of spirit overcame those sentiments, and gave spirits whisper to dying penitents assurances ner power to forbear disturbing his last mo- of happiness. The air was bushed, the multiment; which immediately approached. The tude attentive, and all nature in a pause while hero looked up with an air of negligence, and she was speaking. But as soon as the messensatiety of being, rather than of pain to leave it; ger of peace had made some low reply, in which, and, leaning back his head, expired.
methought, I heard the word Iberin, the heWhen the heroine, who sat at a distance, roine, assuming a more severe air, but such as saw his last instant come, she threw herself at spoke resolution without rage, returned him his feet, and, kneeling, pressed his hand to the olive, and again veiled her face. Loud her lips, in which posture she continued un- cries and clashing of arms immediately folder the agony of an unutterable sorrow, until lowed, which forced me from my charming conducted from our sight by her attendants. vision, and drove me back to these mansions That commanding awe, which accompanies the of care and sorrow. grief of great minds, restrained the multitude while in her presence; but as soon as she re
Mr. Bickerstaff thanks Mr. Quarterstaff tired, they gave way to their distraction, and for bis kind and instructive letter dated the all the islanders called upon their deceased
twenty-sixth instant. hero. To bim, methought, they cried out, as to a guardian being; and I gathered from their broken accents, that it was he who had the No. 9.] Saturday, April 30, 1709. empire over the ocean and its powers, by which
Quicquid agunt homineshe had long protected the island from shipwreck
-nostri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86. and invasion. They now give a loose to their
Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, moan, and think themselves exposed without Our motley paper seizes for it's theme. hopes of human or divine assistance. While the people rap wild, and expressed all the dif
Will's Coffec-house, April 28. ferent forms of lamentation, methought a sable This evening we were eutertained with The cloud overshadowed the whole land, and co-Old Bachelor, t a comedy of deserved reputavered its inhabitants with darkness: no glimpse tion. In the character which gives name to of light appeared, except one ray from heaven the play, there is excellently represented the upon the place in which the heroine now se- reluctance of a battered debauchee to come cluded herself from the world, with her eyes into the trammels of order and decency; he fixed on those abodes to which her consort neither languishes nor burns, but frets for love, was ascended. Methought a long period of The gentlemen of more regular behaviour are time had passed away in mourning and in darkness, when a twilight began by degrees to enlighten the bemisphere; and, looking round Holland, with the preliminaries of a peace.
• Abont this time the duke of Marlborough returned froin me, I saw a boat rowed towards the shore, in † By Congreve. His first play, and first acied io 1533.