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effusion of blood, by receiving the opportunity which which would offend in another, are passed over in him; presents itself for the preservation of your distressed and all actions and speeches which please, doubly people. Be no longer so infatuated, as to hope for please if they come from him: no one wonders or renown from murder and violence: but consider that takes notice when he is wrong; but all admire him the great day will come, in which this world and all when he is in the right.-By the way, it is fit to its glory shall change in a moment; when nature remark, that there are people of better sense than shall sicken, and the earth and sea give up the bodies these, who endeavour at this character ; but they are committed to them, to appear before the last tribunal. out of nature; and though, with some industry, they Will it then, O King! be an answer for the lives of get the characters of fools, they cannot arrive to be millions, who have fallen by the sword, “ They pe- very, seldom to be merely · Pretty Fellows. But, rished for my glory ? That day will come on, and one where nature has formed a person for this station like it is immediately approaching : injured nations amongst men, he is gifted with a peculiar genius advance towards thy habitation : vengeance has begun for success, and his very pretty errors and absurdities its march, which is to be diverted only by the peni- contribute to it; this felicity attending him to his tence of the oppressor. Awake, O Monarch, from thy life's end : for it being in a manner necessary that he lethargy! disdain the abuses thou hast received: should be of no consequence, he is as well in old age pull down the statue which calls thee, immortal : be as youth; and I know a man, whose son has been truly great: tear thy purple and put on sack-cloth. some years a' Pretty Fellow, who is himself at this

hour a very Pretty Fellow. • Thy generous enemy,

One must move tenderly in this place, for we are • ISAAC BICKERSTAFF.' now in the ladies' lodgings, and speaking of such as

are supported by their influence and favour; against

which there is not, neither ought there to be, any No. 24.] SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1709.'

dispute or observation. But when we come into

more free air, one may talk a little more at large. White's Chocolate-house, June 2.

Give me leave then to mention three, whom I de In my paper of the twenty-eighth of the last month, not doubt but we shall see make considerable figures ; I mentioned several characters which want explana- and these are such as for their Bacchanalian performtion to the generality of readers : among others I ances must be admitted into this order. They are spoke of a Pretty Fellow. I have received a kind three brothers lately landed from Holland : as yet, admonition in a letter, to take care that I do not indeed, they have not made their

public entry, but omit to show also what is meant by a Very Pretty lodge and converse at Wapping. They have merited Fellow, which is to be allowed as a character by itself, already, on the water-side, particular titles; the and a person exalted above the other by a peculiar first is called Hogshead; the second, Culverin; and sprightliness; as one who, by a distinguishing vigour, the third, Musquet. This fraternity is preparing for outstrips his companions, and has thereby deserved our end of the town by their ability in the exercises and obtained a particular appellation or nick-name of Bacchus, and measure their time and merit by of familiarity. Some have this distinction from the liquid weight, and power of drinking. Hogshead is fair-sex, who are so generous as to take into their a prettier Pellow than Culverin, by two quarts; and protection such as are laughed at by the men, and Culverin than Musquet, by a full pint. It is to be place them for that reason in degrees of favour. feared Hogshead is so often too full, and Culverin

The chief of this sort is Colonel Brunett, who is a overloaded, that Musquet will be the only lasting man of fashion, because he will be so; and practises Very Pretty Fellow of the three. a very janty way of behaviour, because he is too A third sort of this denomination is such as, by careless to know when he offends, and too sanguine very daring adventures in love, have purchased to to be mortified if he did know it. Thus the Colonel themselves renown and new names; as Jo Carry, for has met with a town ready to receive him, and cannot his excessive strength and vigour; Tom Dry bones, possibly see why he should not make use of their for his generous loss of youth and health; and favour, and set himself in the first degree of conver- Cancrum, for his meritorious rottenness. sation. Therefore he is very successfully loud among These great and leading spirits are proposed to all the wits, and familiar among the ladies, and dissolute such of our British youths as would arrive at perfeeamong the rakes.

Thus he is admitted in one tion in these different kinds; and if their parts and place because he is so in another; and every man accomplishments were well imitated, it is not doubted treats Brunett well, not out of his particular esteem but that our nation would soon excel all others in for him, but in respect to the opinion of others. It wit and arts, as they already do in arms. is to me a solid pleasure to see the world thus mis- N. B. The gentleman who stole Betty Pepin may taken on the good-natured side; for it is ten to one own it, for he is allowed to be 'A very Pretty but the Colonel mounts into a general officer, marries Fellow. a fine lady, and is master of a good estate, before they But we must proceed to the explanation of our come to explain upon him. What yives most delight to terms in our writings. me in this observation is, that all this arises from pure To know what a Toast is in the country gives as nature, and the Colonel can account for his success much perplexity as she herself does in town: and no more than those by whom he succeeds. For indeed the learned differ very much upon the original these causes and considerations, I pronounce him a of this word, and the acceptation of it among the true woman's man, and in the first degree 'A very moderns. However, it is by all agreed to have a Pretty Fellow.'

joyous and cheerful import. A toast in a cold The next to a man of this universal genius is one morning, heightened by nutmeg, and sweetened with who is peculiarly formed for the service of the ladies, sugar, has for many ages been given to our rural and his merit chiedy is to be of no consequence. I am dispensers of justice, before they entered upon causes, indeed a little in doubt, whether he ought not rather and has been of great and politic use to take off the to be called a very Happy, than a very Pretty Fellow? severity of their sentences ; but has indeed been for he is admitted at all hours: all he says or does, remarkable for one ill effect, that it inclines those

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who use it immoderately to speak Latin, to the majesty's arrival at a time when his troops are admiration rather than information of an audience. marching out of Hungary, with orders to pass through This application of a toast makes it very obvious Saxony, where it is given out, that they are to be that the word may, without a metaphor, be understood recruited. It is said also, that several Polish senators as an apt name for a thing which raises us in the have invited king Augustas to return into Polaud. most sovereign degree. But many of the wits of the His majesty of Sweden, according to the same advices, Jast age will assert that the word in its present seuse, has passed the Nieper without any opposition from the was known among them in their youth, and had its Muscovites, and advances with all possible expedition rise from an accident at the town of Bath, in the reign towards Volhinia, where he proposes to join King of King Charles the Second.

Stanislaus and General Crassau. It happened that, on a public day, a celebrated We hear from Bern of the first instant, N. S. that beauty of those times was in the Cross-Bath, and there is not a province in France, from whence the one of the crowd of her admirers took a glass of the court is not apprehensive of receiving accounts of water in which the fair one stood, and drank her public emotions, occasioned by the want of corn. health to the company. There was in the place a The general diet of the thirteen cantons is assembled gay fellow half fuddled, who offered to jump in, and at Baden, but have not yet entered upon business, so swore, though he liked not the liquor, he would have that the affair of Tockenburgh is yet at a stand. the toast. He was opposed in his resolution; yet Letters from the Hague, dated the eleventh this whim gave foundation to the present honour instant, N. S. advise, that Monsieur Rouille having which is done to the lady we mention in our liquors, acquainted the ministers of the allies, that his master who has ever since been called a Toast.

had refused to ratify the preliminaries of a treaty Though this institution had so trivial a beginning, adjusted with Monsieur Torcy, set out for Paris on it is now elevated into a formal order; and that Sunday morning. The same day the foreign ministers happy virgin, who is received and drunk to at their met a committee of the states-general, where Monsieur meeting, has no more to do in this life but to judge Van Hessen opened the business upon which they and accept of the first good offer. The manner of were assembled, and in a very warm discourse, laid her inauguration is much like that of the choice of a before them the conduct of France in the late negoDoge in Venice : it is performed by balloting; and tiations, representing the abject manner in which she when she is so chosen, she reigns indisputably for had laid open her own distresses, that reduced her to that ensuing year; but must be elected a-new to a compliance with the demands of all the allies, and prolong her empire a moment beyond it. When her meanness in receding from those points to which she is regularly chosen, her name is written with a Monsieur Torcy had consented. The respective diamond on a drinking-glass. The hieroglyphic of ministers of each potentate of the alliance severally the diamond is to show her, that her value is imagi- expressed their resentments of the faithless behaviour nary; and that of the glass to acquaint her, that her of the French, and gave each other mutual assurances condition is frail, and depends on the hand which of the constancy and resolution of their principals, to holds her. This wise design admonishes her, neither proceed with the utmost_vigour against the common to over-rate or depreciate her charms; as well con- enemy. His grace the Duke of Malborough set out sidering and applying, that it is perfectly according from the Hague on the ninth of the afternoon, and to the humour and taste of the company, whether the lay that night at Rotterdam, from whence, at four the toast is eaten, or left as an offal.

next morning, he proceeded towards Antwerp, with The foremost of the whole rank of toasts, and the a design to reach Ghent the next day. All the most indisputed in their present empire, are Mrs. troops in the Low Countries are in motion towards Gatty and Mrs. Frontlet; the first an agreeable, the the general rendezvous between the Scheld and the second an awful beauty. These ladies are perfect Lis; the whole army will be formed on the twelfth friends, out of a knowledge, that their perfections are instant; and it is said, that on the fourteenth, they too different to stand in competition. He that likes will advance towards the enemy's country. In the Gatty can have no relish for so solemn a creature as mean time the Marshal de Villars has assembled the Frontlet ; and an admirer of Frontlet will call Gatty French forces between Lens, La Bassee, and Douay. a maypole girl. Gatty for ever smiles upon you; Yesterday morning Sir John Norris, with the and Frontlet disdains to see you smile. Gatty's love squadron under his command, sailed from the Downs is a shining quick flame; Frontlet's, a slow wasting for Holland. fire. Gatty likes the man that direrts her ; Frontlet, him who adores her, Gatty always improves the

From my own apartment, June 3. soil in which she travels; Frontlet lays waste the I have the honour of the following letter from a country. Gatty does not only smile, but laughs at gentleman whom I received into my family, and her lover ; Frontlet not only looks serious, but frowns order the heralds at arms to enroll him accordingly. at him. All the men of wit (and coxcombs their followers) are professed servants of Gatty: the MR. BICKERSTAFF, politicians and pretenders give solemn worship to Frontlet. Their reign will be best judged of by its

"Though you have excluded me the honour of duration. Frontlet will never be chosen more ; and your family, yet I have ventured to correspond with

the same great persons as yourself, and have wrote Gatty is a toast for life.

this post to the king of France; though I am in a

manner unknown in his country, and have not been St. James's Coffee-house, June 3.

seen there these many months : Letters from Hamburgh of the seventh instant,

TO LOUIS LE GRAND. N. S. inform us, that no art or cost is omitted to make the stay of his Danish majesty at Dresden • Though in your country I'm unknown, agreeable ; but there are various speculations upon Yet, sir, I must advise you : the interview between king Augustus and that prince, Of late so poor and mean you're grown, many putting politic constructions upon his Danish That all the world despise you.


Here vermin eat your majesty,

executioner escapes the clutches of the hangman for There meagre subjects stand unfed :

doing it. I shall therefore hereafter consider, how What surer signs of poverty,

the bravest men in other ages and nations have beThan many lice and little bread ?

haved themselves upon such incidents as we decide Then, sir, the present minute choose,

by combat; and show, from their practice, that this Our armies are advanced :

resentment neither has its foundation from true Those terms you at the Hague refuse,

reason or solid fame; but is an imposture, made of At Paris won't be granted.

cowardice, falsehood, and want of understanding, Consider this, and Dunkirk raze,

For this work, a good history of quarrels would be And Anna's title own;

very edifying to the public, and I apply myself to Send one pretender out to graze,

the town for particulars and circumstances within

their knowledge, which may serve to embellish the And call the other home.

dissertation with proper cuts. Most of the quarrels • Your humble servant,

I have ever known, have proceeded from some valiant

coxcomb's persisting in the wrong, to defend some • BREAD THE STAFF Of Life.'

prevailing folly, and preserve himself from the inge nuousness of owning a mistake.

By this means it is called 'giving a man satisfac. No, 25.] TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1709.

tion,' to urge your offence against him with you

sword ; which puts me in mind of Peter's order to White's Chocolate-house, June 6.

the keeper, in The Tale of a Tub: if you neglect A letter from a young lady, written in the most to do all this, damn you and your generation for passionate terms, wherein she laments the misfor- erer : and so we bid you heartily farewell. If the tune of a gentleman, her lover, who was lately contradiction in the very terms of one of our chal. wounded in a duel, has turned my thoughts to that lenges were as well explained and turned into downsubject, and inclined me to examine into the causes right English, would it not run after this manner! which precipitate men into so fatal a folly. And as Sir — Your extraordinary behaviour last night, it has been proposed to treat of subjects of gallantry and the liberty you were pleased to take with me, in the article from hence, and no one point in nature makes me this morning give you this, to tell you, is more proper to be considered by the company who because you are an ill-bred puppy, I will meet you frequent this place than that of duels, it is worth our in Hyde-park an hour hence; and because you want consideration to examine into this chimerical ground both breeding and humanity, I desire you would less humour, and to lay every other thought aside, come with a pistol in your hand, on horseback, and until we have stripped it of all its false pretences to endeavour to shoot me through the head, to teach credit and reputation amongst men.

you more manners. If you fail of doing me this But I must confess, when I consider what I am pleasure, I shall say you are a rascal, on every post going about, and run over in my imagination all the in town: and so, sir, if you will not injure me more, endless crowd of men of honour who will be offended I shall never forgive what you have done already. at such a discourse; I am undertaking, methinks, a Pray, sir, do not fail of getting every thing ready, work worthy an invulnerable hero in romance, rather and you will infinitely oblige, sir, your most obedient than a private gentleman with a single rapier: but humble servant, &c.' as I am pretty well acquainted by great opportunities with the nature of man, and know of a truth that all

From my own Apartment, June 6. men fight against their will, the danger vanishes, and Among the many employments I am necessarily resolution rises upon this subject. For this reason, put upon by my friends, that of giving advice is the I shall talk very freely on a custom which all men most unwelcome to me; and, indeed, I am forced to wish exploded, though no man has courage enough use a little art in the manner ; for some people will to resist it.

ask counsel of you, when they have already acted But there is one unintelligible word, which I fear what they tell you is still under deliberation. I had will extremely perplex my dissertation, and I con- almost lost a very good friend the other day, who fess to you I find very hard to explain, which is the came to know how I liked his design to marry such term 'satisfaction.' An honest country gentleman a lady? I answered, “By no means; and I must be had the misfortune to fall into company with two or positive against it, for very solid reasons, which are three modern men of honour, where he happened to not proper to be communicated.' • Not proper to be be very ill treated ; and one of the company, being communicated !' said he, with a grave air, I will conscious of his offence, sends a note to him in the know the bottom of this.' I saw him moved, and morning, and tells him, he was ready to give him knew from thence he was already determined; theresatisfaction. This is fine doing,' says the plain fore evaded it by saying, “To tell you the truth, dear fellow ; ' last night he sent me away cursedly out of Frank, of all women living I would have her myself humour, and this morning he fancies it would be a Isaac,' said he, 'thou art too late, for we have been satisfaction to be run through the body.'

both one these two months.' As the matter at present stands, it is not to do I learned this caution by a gentleman's consulting handsome actions denominates a man of honour; it me formerly about his son. He railed at his damned is enough if he dares to defend ill ones. Thus you extravagance, and told me, 'in a very little time he often see a common sharper in competition with a would beggar him by the exorbitant bills which came gentleman of the first rank; though all mankind is con- from Oxford every quarter.' Make the rogue bite vinced, that a fighting gamester is only a pick-pocket upon the bridle,' said I; .pay none of his bills, it with the courage of a highwayman. One cannot will but encourage him to further trespasses.' He with any patience reflect on the unaccountable jumble looked plaguy sour at me. His son soon after sent of persons and things in this town and nation, which up a paper of verses, forsooth, in print on the last occasions very frequently, that a brave man falls by public occasion ; upon which, he is convinced the a hand below that of a common hangman, and yet his boy has parts, and a lad of spirit is not to be too



much cramped in his maintenance, lest he take ill for with Paulo he will be an honest man, without courses. Neither father nor son can ever since en- being so for fear of the law; as with Avaro he would dure the sight of me.

have been a villain within the protection of it. These sort of people ask opinions only out of the

St. James's Coffee-house, June 6. fulness of their heart on the subject of their per- We hear from Vienna of the first instant, that plexity, and not from a desire of information. Baron Imhoff, who attended her Catholic Majesty

There is nothing so easy as to find out which opi- with the character of Envoy from the Duke of nion the man in doubt has a mind to; therefore the Woifembuttel, was returned thither. That Minister sure way is, to tell him that is certainly to be chosen. brought an account, that Major-general Stanhope, Then you are to be very clear and positive; leave no with the troops which embarked at Naples, was handle for scruple. Bless me! sir, there is no returned to Barcelona. We hear from Berlin, by room for a question! This rivets you into his advices of the eighth instant, that his Prussian heart ; for you at once applaud his wisdom, and Majesty had received an account from his Minister gratify his inclination. However, I had too much

at Dresden, that the King of Denmark desired to bowels to be insincere to a man who came yesterday meet his Majesty at Magdeburg. The King of to know of me, with which of two eminent men in Prussia has sent for answer, that his present indisthe city he should place his son? their names are position will not admit of so great a journey; but Paulo and Avaro. This gave me much debate with

has sent the King a very pressing invitation to come myself, because not only the fortune of the youth, to Berlin or Potsdam. These advices say, that the but his virtue also dependeth upon this choice. The Minister of the King of Sweden has produced a letter men are equally wealthy; but they differ in the use

from his master to the King of Poland, dated from and application of their riches, which you immediately Botizau, the thirtieth of March, O. s., wherein he see upon entering their doors.

acquaints him, that he has been successful against The habitation of Paulo has at once the air of a

the Muscovites in all the actions which have happened nobleman and a merchant. You see the servants act

since his march into their country. Great numbers with affection to their master, and satisfaction in have revolted to the Swedes since General Mazeppa themselves: the master meets you with an open went over to that side; and as many as have done countenance, full of benevolence and integrity: your so have taken solemn oaths to adhere to the interests business is despatched with that confidence and of his Swedish Majesty. welcome which always accompany honest minds : Advices from the Hague of the fourteenth instant, his table is the image of plenty and generosity, sup, N. S., say, that all things tended to a vigorous and ported by justice and frugality. After we had dined active campaign ; the allies having strong resentments here, our affair was to visit Avaro : out comes an against the late behaviour of the court of France ; awkward fellow, with a careful countenance; 'Sir, and the French using all possible endeavours to would you speak with my master ? may I crave your animate their men to defend their country against a name?" After the first preamble, he leads us into a victorious and exasperated enemy. Monsieur Rouille noble solitude, a great house that seemed uninha- had passed through Brussels without visiting either bited; but from the end of the spacious hall moves the Duke of Marlbrough or Prince Eugene, who were towards us Avaro, with a suspicious aspect, as if he both there at that time. The States have met, and had believed us thieves; and, as for my part, I publicly declared their satisfaction in the conduct of approached him as if I knew him a cutpurse. We their deputies during the whole treaty. Letters fell into discourse of his noble dwelling, and the great from France say, that the court is resolved to put all estate all the world knew he had to enjoy in it: and to the issue of the ensuing campaign. In the mean I, to plague him, began to commend Paulo's way of time, they have ordered the preliminary treaty to be living. "Paulo,' answered Avaro, 'is a very good published, with observations upon each article, in man; but we, who have smaller estates, must cut

order to quiet the minds of the people, and persuade our coat according to our cloth.' • Nay,' says I, them that it has not been in the power of the King every man knows his own circumstances best; you

to procure a peace, but to the diminution of his are in the right, if you have not wherewithal. He

Majesty's glory, and the hazard of his dominions. looked very sour; for it is, you must know, the

His grace the Duke of Marlborough and Prince utmost vanity of a mean-spirited rich man to be Eugene arrived at Ghent on Wednesday last, where, contradicted 'when he calls himself poor. But I at an assembly of all the general officers, it was resolved to vex him, by consenting to all he said ; thought proper, by reason of the great rains which the main design of which was, that he would have have lately fallen, to defer forming a camp, or bringus find out, he was one of the wealthiest men in ing the troops together ; but, as soon as the weather London, and lived like a beggar. We left him, and would permit

, to march upon the enemy with all took a turn on the Exchange. My friend was

expedition. ravished with Avaro : 'this,' said he, is certainly a sure man. I contradicted him with much warmth, and summed up their different characters as well as

No. 26.] THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1709. I could. This Paulo,' said I, 'grows wealtlıy by

From my own Apartment, June 8. being a common good; Avaró by being a general I have read the following letter with delight and evil: Paulo has the art, Avaro the craft of trade. , approbation; and I hereby order Mr. Kidney at St. When Paulo gains, all men he deals with are the James's, and Sir Thomas at White's (who are my better: whenever Avaro profits, another certainly clerks for enrolling all men in their different classes, loses. In a word, Paulo is a citizen, and Avaro a before they presume to drink tea or chocolate in cit. I convinced my friend, and carried the young those places, to take care that the persons within gentleman the next day to Paulo, where he will the descriptions in the letter be admitted and exlearn the way both to gain and enjoy a good cluded, according to my friend's remonstrance. fortune. And though I cannot say I have, by keep

June 6, 1709. ing him from Avaro, saved him from the gallows, I SIR— Your paper of Saturday has raised up in have prevented his deserving it every day he lives : me a noble emulation to be recorded in the foremost

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rankrf Forthies therein mentioned ; if any regard liberty to say, that there has been a time, when be had to merit or industry, I may hope to succeed there were generous spirits in Great Britain, who in the promotion, for I have omitted no toil or expense would not have suffered my name to be treated with to be a proficient; and if my friends do not flatter, the familiarity you think fit to use. I thought .they assure me, I have not lost my time since I came liberal men would not be such time-servers, as to

To enumerate but a few particulars; there fall upon a man because his friends are not in power. is hardly a coachman I meet with, but desires to be But, having some concern for what you may transmit excused taking me, because he has had me before. to posterity concerning me, I am willing to kerp I have compounded two or three rapes ; and let out terms with you, and make a request to you, which to hire as many bastards to beggars. I never saw is, that you would give my service to the nineteenth above the first act of a play : and as to my courage, century (if ever you or yours reach them,) and tell it is well known I have more than once had sufficient them, that I have settled all matters betreen them witnesses of my drawing my sword both in tavern and me by Monsieur Bolieau. I should be glad to and play-house. Dr. Wall is my particular friend ; see you here.' and if it were any service to the public to compose It is very odd, this Prince should offer to invite me the difference between Martin and Sintilaer the into his dominions, or believe I should accept the pearl-driller, I do not know a judge of more experience invitation. No, no, I remember too well how be than myself: for in that I may say with the poet : served an ingenious gentleman, a friend of mine, •Quæ regio in vella nostri non plena laboris.' whom he locked up in the Bastile for no reason in the What street resounds not with my great exploits ? world, but because he was a wit, and feared he might • I omit other less particulars, the necessary con

mention him with justice in some of his writings. sequence of greater actions. But my reason for

His way is, that all men of sense are preferred, bantroubling you at this present is, to put a stop, if it ished, or imprisoned. He has indeed a sort of justice may be, to an insinuating increasing set of people, in him, like that of the gamesters; for if a stander-bj who, sticking to the letter of your treatise, and not

sees one at play cheat, he has a right to come in for to the spirit of it, do assume the name of “ Pretty shares, as knowing the mysteries of the game. Fellows;" nay and even get new names, as you very

This is a very wise and just maxim; and if I have well hint. Some of them I have heard calling to one

not left at Mr. Morphew's, directed to me, bank bilis another as I have sat at White's and Saint James's,

for two hundred pounds, on or before this day serecby the names of Betty, Nelly, and so forth. You see night, I shall tell how Tom Cash got his estate. I them accost each other with effeminate airs: they expect three hundred pounds of Mr. Soilett, for cope have their signs and tokens like frec-masons: they cealing all the money he has lent to himself

, and his rail at woman-kind; receive visits on their beds in landed friend bound with him at thirty per cent st gowns, and do a thousand other unintelligible pretti- his scrivener's. Absolute Princes make people pay nesses that I cannot tell what to make of. I

what they please in deference to their porer: I do therefore heartily desire you would exclude all this

not know why I should not do the same, out of lear sort of animals.

or respect to my knowledge. I always preserve • There is another matter I foresee an ill conse

decorums and civilities to the fair sex: therefore, if a quence from, that may be timely prevented by certain lady, who left her coach at the New-exchange prudence ; which is, that for the last fortnight, door in the Strand, and whipt down Durham-yard prodigious shoals of volunteers have gone over to

into a boat with a young gentleman for Vauxhall; I bully the French, upon hearing the peace was just say, if she will send me word, that I may give the signing; and this is so true, that I can assure you,

fan which she dropped, and I found, to my sister all ingrossing work about the Temple is risen above Jenny, there shall be no more said of it. I expect three shillings in the pound for want of hands. hush-money to be regularly sent for every folly er Now as it is possible some little alteration of affairs vice any one commits in this whole town; and hope, may have broken their measures, and that they will I may pretend to deserve it better than a chamber post back again, I am under the last apprehension, maid or a valet de chambre; they only whisper it to that these will

, at their return, all set up for ‘Pretty the little set of their companions; but I can tell it to Fellows,' and thereby confound all merit and service, all men living, or who are to live. Therefore I desire avd impose on us some new alteration in our night- all my readers to pay their fines, or mend their lives. cap wigs and pockets, unless you can provide a particular class for them. I cannot apply myself

White's Coffee-house, May 27. better than to you, and I am sure I speak the mind My familiar being come from France, with an of a very great number, as deserving as myself.' answer to my letter to Louis of that kingdom, instead

The pretensions of this correspondent are worthy of going on in a discourse of what he had seen in that a particular distinction; he cannot indeed be ad- court, he put on the immediate concern of a guardian, mitted as • Pretty,' but is what we more justly call and fell to enquiring into my thoughts and advena Smart Fellow.' Never to pay at the play-house tures since his journey: As short as his stay bad is an act of frugality that lets you into his character ; been, I confessed I had had many occasions for his and his expedient in sending his children begging assistance in my conduct ; but communicated to him before they can go, are characteristical instances that my thoughts of putting all my force against the horrid he belongs to this class. I never saw the gentleman; and senseless custom of duels. If it were possible, but I know by his letter, he hangs his cane to his said he, 'to laugh at things in themselves so deeply button; and by some lines of it he should wear red- tragical as the impertinent profusion of human life, I heeled shoes ; which are essential parts of the habit think I could divert you with a figure I saw just after belonging to the order of Smart Fellows.'

my death, when the philosopher threw me, as I told My familiar is returned with the following letter you some days ago, into the pail of water. from the French King.

• You are to know that, when men leave the body, Versailles, June 13, 1709. there are receptacles for them as soon as they depart, Louis XIV. to Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. according to the manner in which they lived and SIR'I have your epistle, and must take the died. At the very instant I was killed, there came

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