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very different with the diversions and pursuits which they follow from choice. A found philofophical reason, might pofsibly, with much ease be assigned for this; but as we are little disposed ourselves to philosophize, after the entertainment we have received, fo we fancy it will rather pleafe the reader to relate our adventure, than to amuse him with the dry disquisitions of sober speculation.
I frequently make it my choice to dine at a certain ordinary in this city, as I feldom fail to meet with characters, and to find matter for future lucubration. At the close of the winter, I took my feat there one day, with about a dozen companions, feated at the same table. When the rage of hunger was tolerably subdued, we began to grow acquainted, and I quickly found, that almoft every individual differed from the other, as well in inclination as in employment.
Tom Sweepstakes opened very obftreperously, with some fage remarks on the mischiefs of the militia, and the cursed cross. accident of a fate Lord's trial; for by means of these, quoth he, our last meeting at New-Market was fa plaguely thin, that-a man might almost split his windpipe with shouting, before he could make another hear on the heath. He then began to ask his next neighbour, what, he thought of the inatch between Babrabam and the Godolphin Arabian, and offered, with a tremendous oath, five to four on the former, which he swore, would beat the other all hollow off the turf. For Babraham, says he, had Silver Shoulders for his fire, who was gotten out of the Duke's famous mare Jenny Diver, whose fire was the Ancafter's Stirling, whose dam, &c. : " Pox upon your Babrahams and Jenny Divers, on Dukes and Lords, and New-Markets; fome folks had better be fighting than gambling away their money fo foolishly amongst a parcel of knaves and jockies," replied his next neighbour, Jonas Crop-cram'd, whose fleek appearance indicated his near relationship to the commoncouncil.
“ For my part, continued he, I have always thought gaming a most destructive evil, prejudicial to the interests of a trading city, and destructive of its upright and antient polity; and of all gaming, your fame horse-racing I judge to be the most wicked and mischievous. Can't a man diyert himself in a more reasonable manner now, as I do, for example, who love to walk a mile or two into the country, and amuse myself with an innocent hour's pastime at a skitçle-ground or nine-pin alley, where one is always sure to meet with some good company, and never fail to hear public matters discussed in a sober and understanding way. - That was a noble stroke, Sir, said he, turning from Sweeptakes to his left-hand neighbour; that knock
ing of the head that there Thurot; a peftilent fellow, he, I can assure you: Well, nobody shall persuade me, but that this fame Elliot must be a Pitt's man, do you see - Or you understand me, Şir?”
« What was you saying, Sir, said Harry Guittar, carelessly humming a tune, and playing with his fingers upon the table ; you spoke to me, I believe, Sir, but in good truth you mistook your man; I concern myself little about your Pitts or your Elliots, or any of this sort of people; I have not the honour, and faith, Şir, I don't court it, of knowing any of them, and I have been very credibly informed, that your very famous Mr. Pitt has no kind of ear for music. Indeed, very few of our great people, as they are called, have the least smack of the bon gout, the polite relish in that way. One cannot deny, that they will pretend to have taste ; they will fit, it is true, to hear our best performers ; but one may easily discover with what little attention they hear, from the idle chit-chat whispering amongst them. Heavens ! the rustling of the smallest leaf is intola lerable on these occasions. I must own it is forne pleasure to find that there are already reveral hundred subscriptions of five guineas made to the most delicate and inimitable Miss F m . But for the elegant touches of Pinto, for the sweet, foft, and enrapturing strains of Mattei !
O frightful ! they have no more ears than that abominable monster, commonly called, an Afs.”
Pleased with what he had said, Harry's risible faculties were strongly moved ; and self-satisfied, he hummed with triumph the last new Italian air. While with a deep and plaintive voice, old Solomon Tomeswell cried out, lifting up his hands and shaking his peruke, which had long been unconscious of a curl, “ A hundred with their guineas to Miss F ! Shame on them! Shame on them! I am grieved to death with the depravity of the age, so many guineas for mere tickling of the ear, for one dirty girl that has no merit to plead, but the fortunate accident of a tolerably good pipe. When now, mark me, if a man of genius and education goes to solicit a subscription to a work of profound erudition, which, by the way, would reflect more honour than all their titles on the very noblest of them to support and patronize ; - One may beat one's heels in their halls long. enough, God knows, before one can get a fix. pence from them. You must know, gentlemen (and then he pulled a packet of papers out of his pocket, and mounted a pair of spectacles on the large bridge of his very prominent nose) you must know, I have just published proposals for printing, in two volumes folio, the learned works of the laborious Duns Scotus, a most profound and elaborate divine, whose writings are C4
mouldring on the dusty shelves of neglected li, braries, and whose superlative worth, believe me, is not known amongst us, otherwise no man living would be without these volumes. Now as I proposed to decorate the work with cuts, and to print it on a fine paper, and new letter, I offer it at the moderate price of fix guineas; three on subscribing, and three on receipt of the book. And would you believe it, gentlemer, o tempora, mores! Not one of our bishops, nay, scarce one clergyman, can I prevail upon to subscribe! So that I fear, this most divine and exquisite work will never see the light, to the unspeakable loss of the erų. dite part of mankind."
I must defer the answer of my friend Equa. tion, as well as an aceount of my other companions, to some future paper.