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-To hold as 'twere the Mirror up to
Nature ; to fhew Virtue, her own Feature. -Scorn, her
own Image ; and the very Age, and Body of the Time, his
Form, and Pressure:



Printed, and fold by D. BROWN, No. 6, Catherine-Street,

Strand; and all the Booksellers in Town and Country,


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THE following Characters are said to owe?

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their modern arrangement, to

he New Year's Whim that precedes them : but whether they found their way to that universal, and fashionable Register the MORNING Post, by the channel of accident, or design, the present Compiler will not ventore to determine. He deems it fufficient for him to have. · collected them carefully ; to have correted their typographical errors, and present them to the world with additions from the other Prints who imitated the design ;-thus forming a general Collection of these Modern Likenests for the amusement of the Beau Monde, and proving to the world, that the Characters drawn by the pencil of SHAKESPEAR, are ftriking copies from the universal School of Nature, and will therefore represent the features of every age, down to the latest pofterity.

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NEW YEAR's FROLIC, for 1778.

Jan. 2, 1778.

Convivial circle of Persons of Dictinction af

A cembled yefierday in Grosvenor-Square, to uker.

in the New Year, where, after dinner, it was difputed for some time,-" What Author had drawn " the most numerous and finished likenesses of

man• kind?” An old fashioned Peer, the noble owner of the hotel, contended for Shakespear; but the whole groupe dissented, by observing, that his portraits were obsolete, and more of caricatures than. characters. Piqued at this extraordinary judgment, the venerable Nobleman went immediately to his library, and returning with a large folio edition of his favourite Poet, informed the company, that a whim had just struck him, which would probably decide the dispute ; defiring at the same time, that cach of the party would write the names of their most intimate friends, as well as their own, upon small flips of paper, which he further requested might be dropped promiscuously into the volume at the various places he should open; after which he would carefully see whether the dead Painter of Nature would not be able to hit off a living likeness of: two out of the number, -His request being con


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