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very ftrong Lungs, of great Infight into all the Branches of our British Trades and Manufactures, and of a competent Skill in Mufick.

'THE Cries of London may be divided into Vocal and < Inftrumental. As for the latter, they are at prefent under a very great Diforder. A Freeman of London has the Privilege of difturbing a whole Street for an Hour together, with the Twanking of a Brass-Kettle or a Fry. ing-Pan. The Watchman's Thump at Midnight startles us in our Beds, as much as the Breaking in of a Thief. The Sowgelder's Horn has indeed fomething mufical in < it, but this is feldom heard within the Liberties. I would therefore propose, that no Inftrument of this Nature 'fhould be made ufe of, which I have not tuned and licensed, ' after having carefully examined in what manner it may 'affect the Ears of Her Majefty's liege Subjects.

'VOCAL Cries are of a much larger Extent, and indeed fo full of Incongruities and Barbarifms, that weap· pear a diftracted City to Foreigners, who do not comprehend the Meaning of fuch enormous Outcries. Milk is generally faid in a Note above Ela, and in Sounds fo exceeding thrill, that it often fets our Teeth on Edge. The Chimney-fweeper is confined to no certain Pitch; <he fometimes utters himself in the deepest Base, and 'fometimes in the fharpeft Treble; fometimes in the

highest, and sometimes in the lowest Note of the Ga" mut. The fame Obfervation might be made on the Re'tailers of Small coal, not to mention broken Glaffes or

Brick-duft. In thefe therefore, and the like Cafes, it 'fhould be my Care to fweeten and mellow the Voices ⚫ of these itinerant Tradefmen, before they make their Appearance in our Streets, as alfo to accommodate their "Cries to their respective Wares; and to take Care in particular, that thofe may not make the most Noise who have the leaft to fell, which is very obfervable in the Venders of Card-matches, to whom I cannot but apply the old Proverb of Much Cry but little Wool.

'SOME of these laft mentioned Muficians are fo very loud in the Sale of these trifling Manufactures, that an honeft fplenatick Gentleman of my Acquaintance bargained with one of them never to come into the Street where he lived: But what was the Effect of this


• Contract? Why, the whole Trible of Card-match-makers which frequent the Quarter, paffed by his Door the ve<ry next Day, in Hopes of being bought off after the fame

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IT is another great Imperfection in our London Cries, that there is no juft Time nor Measure observed in them. Our News fhould indeed be published in a very quick Time, because it is a Commodity that will not keep cold. It should not, however, be cried with the fame Precipitation as Fire: Yet this is generally the Cafe: A Bloody Bartle alarms the Town from one End to ano<ther in an Inftant. Every Motion of the French is publifhed in fo great a Hurry, that one would think the Enemy were at our Gates. This likewife I would take C upon me to regulate in fuch a manner, that there should < be fome Diftinction made between the fpreading of a Victory, a March, or an Incampment, a Dutch, a Portugal, or a Spanish Mail. Nor muft I omit under this

Head, thofe exceffive Alarms with which feveral boifterous Rufticks infeft our Streets in Turnip-Seafon ; and ❝ which are more inexcufable, because these are Wares which ⚫ are in no Danger of cooling upon their Hands.

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THERE are others who affect a very flow Time, and are, in my Opinion, much more tunable than the former; the Cooper in particular fwells his laft Note in an hollow Voice, that is not without its Harmony; nor can I forbear being infpired with a moft agreeable MeC lancholy, when I hear that fad and folemn Air with which the Publick is very often asked, if they have any Chairs to mend? Your own Memory may fuggeft to C you many other lamentable Ditties of the fame Nature, in which the Mufick is wonderfully languishing and melodious.

I am always pleased with that particular Time of the Year which is proper for the Pickling of Dill and Cucum"bers; but alas, this Cry, like the Song of the Nightingale, is not heard above two Months. It would therefore be worth while to confider, whether the fame Air might not in fome Cafes be adapted to other Words.

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IT might likewise deserve our most serious Confideration, how far, in a well regulated City, thofe Hu⚫ mourifts are to be tolerated, who, not contented with


• the traditional Cries of their Forefathers, have invented
' particular Songs and Tunes of their own: Such as was
' not many Years fince, the Paftry-man, commonly known
• by the Name of the Colly-Molly-Puff; and fuch as is at
'this Day the Vender of Powder and Wash-balls, who, ifl
am rightly informed, goes under the Name of Powde
: Watt.

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'I must not here omit one particular Abfurdity which
' runs through this whole vociferous Generation, and which
renders their Cries very often not only incommodious,
' but altogether useless to the Publick; I mean, that idle
Accomplishment which they all of them aim at, of cry-
ing fo as not to be understood. Whether or no they have
learned this from feveral of our affected Singers, I will
not take upon me to fay; but most certain it is, that
People know the Wares they deal in rather by their
Tunes than by their Words; infomuch that I have fome-
' times feen a Country Boy run out to buy Apples of a
Bellows-mender, and Ginger-bread from a Grinder of
Knives and Sciffars. Nay, fo ftrangely infatuated are some
very eminent Artifts of this particular Grace in a Cry, that
none but their Acquaintance, are able to guess at their
Profeffion; for who elfe can know, that Work if I had
it, fhould be the Signification of a Corn-Cutter ?

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FORASMUCH therefore as Perfons of this Rank
are feldom Men of Genius or Capacity, I think it would
be very proper, that fome Men of good Senfeand found
Judgment fhould prefide over thefe publick Cries, who
fhould permit none to lift up their Voices in our Streets,
that have not tuneable Throats, and are not only able to
overcome the Noife of the Croud, and the Rattling of
Coaches, but also to vend their respective Merchandizes
in apt Phrafes, and in the most diftin&t and agreeable
Sounds. I do therefore humbly recommend my felf as
a Perfon rightly qualified for this Poft; and if I meet
with fitting Encouragement, fhall communicate fome
other Projects which I have by me, that may no less
conduce to the Emolument of the Publick.

I am, SIR, &c.

Ralph Crotchet.





Bfence of Lovers, Death in Love, N. 241. How
to be made easy, ibid.

Abstinence, the Benefits of it, N. 195.
Accompts, their great Usefulness, N. 174.

Acofta, his Anfwer to Limborth touching the Multiplicity
of Ceremonies in the Jewish Religion, N. 213.
Action, a threefold Divifion of our Actions, N. 213. No
right Judgment to be made of them, 174.

Admiration, one of the most pleasing Paffions, N. 237-
Adverfity, no Evil in it felf, N. 237.

Advertisement from Mr. Sly the Haberdasher, N. 187.
About the Lottery Ticket, 191.

Ambition, by what to be measured, N. 188. Many times
as hurtful to the Princes who are led by it as the Peo-
ple, 200. Moft Men fubject to it, 219, 224. Of
Use when rightly directed, 219.

Annihilation, by whom defired, N. 210. The most ab
ject of Wishes, ibid.

Apes, what Women fo called, and defcribed, N. 244:
Apollo's Temple on the Top of Leucate, by whom frequent
ed, and for what Purpose, N. 223, 1
Apothecary, his Employment, N. 195.

Appetites, fooner moved than the Paffions, N. 208.
Argument, Rules for the Management of one, N. 197.
Argumentum Bafilinum, what, 239. Socrates his way
of Arguing, ibid. In what manner managed by States
and Communities, ibid.

Argus, his Qualifications and Employments under Juno,

N. 250.

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Ariftanetus his Letters, some Account of them, N. 238.
Ariftotle the Inventer of Syllogifm, N. 239.
-Atheists great Zealots, N. 185. and Bigots, ibid.
Opinions downright Nonsense, ibid.



Bawdy-Houfes frequented by Wife Men not out of

Wantonness but Stratagem, N. 190.

Beggars, Sir Andrew Freeport's Opinion of them, N. 232.
Boileau cenfured, and for what, N. 209.

· Butts: the Adventure of a Butt on the Water, N. 175.


Cabrini loft, the story of Caftillian Husband and
Aprice often acts in the Place of Reason, N. 191.

his Wife, N. 198.

Charles the Great, his Behaviour to his Secretary, who
had debauched his Daughter, N. 181.

Children, the Unnaturalness in Mothers of making them
fuck a Stranger's Milk, N. 246.

Chinefe, the Punishment among them for Parricide, N.189.
Christian Religion, the clear Proof of its Articles, and
Excellency of its Doctrines,, N. 186, 213.

Club. The She-Romp Club, N. 217. Methods obferved by
that Club, ibid.

Club-law a convincing Argument, N. 239.

Coffee-Houfe Difputes, N. 197.

Comfort, what, and where found, N. 196.
Conquefts, the Vanity of them, N. 180.

Conftancy in Sufferings, the Excellency of it, N. 237.
Cordeliers, their Story of St. Francis their Founder, N. 245.
Cornaro, Lewis, a remarkable Inftance of the Benefit of
Temperance, N. 195.

Coverley, Sir Roger de, a Difpute between him and Sir
Andrew Freeport, N. 174.

Cowards naturally impudent, N. 231.

Credulity in Women infamous, N. 190.

Cries of London require fome Regulation, N. 251.
Curiofity, one of the strongest and most lafting of our Ap-
petites, N. 237.

Cunning, the Accomplishment of whom, N. 237.


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