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owner to take that opportunity of letting the Bserving that you have thoughts of crea I world know who he is. It would have been ridi.

culous for the ingenious Mrs. Salmon to have spection of several petty enormities which you • lived at the sign of the trout; for which reason yourself cannot attend to; and finding daily ab • the has erected before her house the figure of the

furdities hung out upon the fign-posts of this cie" fifh that is her name-fake. Mr. Bell has likewise " to the great fcandal of foreigners, as well as those distinguished himself by a device of the same na. * of our own country, who are curious fpectators of 5 ture: and here, Sir, I must beg leave to observe to the fame; I do humbly propose that you would you, that this particular figure of a bell has given

be pleased to make me your fuperintendant of all occafion to several pieces of wit in this kind. А "lach figures and devices as or shall be made use man of your reading must know, that Abel Drug• of on this occafion; with full powers to rectify or ger gained great applause by it in the time of Ben

expunge whatever I thall find irregular ordefective. Jonson. Our apocryphal heathen God is also re• For want of such an officer, there is nothing like presented by this figure; which, in conjunction • found literature and good sense to be met with with the dragon, makes a very handsome picture * in those objects, that are every where thrusting in several of our streets. As for the bell lavage, o themselves out to the eye, and endeavouring to ( which is the sign of a savage man standing by a « become visible. Our freets are filled with blue • bell, I was formerly very much puzzled upon the « boars, black swans, and red lions; not to mention conceit of it, till I accidentally fell into the read,

Aying pigs and hogs in armour, with many other 'ing of an old romance, translated out of the French;

creatures more extraordinary than any in the de which gives an account of a very beautiful woman • ferts of Afric. · Strange! that one who has all who was found in a wilderness, and is called in • the birds and beafts in nature to choose out of, the French, La belle Sauvage; and is every where • should live at the sign of an Ens Rationis ! (translated by our countrymen the Bell-Savage.

My first task therefore should be, like that of “This piece of philosophy will, I hope, convince · Hercules, to clear the city from monsters. In the you that I have made lign-posts my study, andcon. « second placelwould forbid, that creatures of jarring sequently qualified myself for the employment « and incongruous natures thould be joined together " which I solicit at your hands. But before i con. * in the same fign; such as the Bell and the Neat's • clude my letter, I must communicate to you ano• tongue, the Dog and Gridiron. The Fox and " ther remark w'aich I have made upon the subject « Goose may be supposed to have met, but what with which I am now entertaining you, namely, • has the Fox and Seven Stars to do together? And " that I can give a fhrewd guess at the humour of 6 when did the Lamb and Dolphin ever meet, ex " the inhabitant by the sign that hangs before his scept upon a sign post? As for the Cat and Fida door. A furly choleric fellow generally makes « dle, there is a conceit in it; and therefore I o choice of a bear; as men of milder dispositions I do not intend that any thing I have here faid ( frequently live at the lamb. Seeing a punch

should affect it. I must however observe to you o bowl painted upon a sign near Charing-Cross, and “ upon this subject, that it is usual for a young very curiously garnished, with a couple of angels

tradesman, at his firit setting-up, to add do his " hovering over it, and iqueezing a leinon into it, I I own fign that of the master whom he served ; as • had the curiofity to ask after the maiter of the • the husband, after marriage, gives a place to his house, and found, upon inquiry, as I had guefied & miftress's arms in his own coat. This I take to • by the little agremens upon his fign, that he was • have given rise to many of those absurdities which a Frenchman." I know, Sir, it is not requisite • are committed over our heads; and, as I am in • for me to enlarge upon these hints to a gentleman • formed, first occafioned the Three Nuns and a • of your great abilities ; so humbly recommending 1 Hare, which we see so frequently joined toge • myself to your favour and patronage. (ther. I would therefore establish certain rules,

I remain, &c. • for the determining how far one tradesman may

shall add to the foregoing letter, another which “ give the sign of another, and in what cafes he may be allowed to quarter it with his own.

came to me by the same penny-pott. « In the third place, I would enjoin every shop •From my own apartment near Charing-Cross. • to make use of a fign which bears fome affinity In the wares in which it deals. What can be · Honoured Sir, • more inconäftent, than to see a Bawd at the signo AVING heard that this nation is a great of the Angel, or a Tailor at the Lion ? A Cook

encourages of ingenuity, I have brought • Rould not live at the Boot, nor a Shoe-maker s with me a rope dancer that was caught in cne of

at the Roasted Pig; and yet, fer want of this the woods belonging to the Great Mogul. He is regulation, I have seen a Goat set up before the o by birth a monkey; but twings upon a rope, . door of a perfumer, and the French king's head s takes a pipe of tobacco, and drinks a glass of ale, at a sword cutler's.

6 like any reasonable creature. Fie gives great sa« An ingenious foreigner observes, that several o tisfa&tion to the quality, and if they will make • of those gentlemen who value thełnfelves upon ra subscription for him, I will send for a brother • their families, and overlook such as are bred to r of his out of Holland that is a very good tumabler; s trade, bear the tools of their forefathers in their « and also for another of the same family whom I

coats of arms. I will not examine how truc delign for my Merry-Andrew, as being an excel• this is in fact; but though it may not be ne. o lent mimic, and the greatest droll in the country • ceflary for posterity thus to set up the sign of " where he now is. I hope to have this entertaine • their forefathers, I think ic highly propes for "ment in a readineis för che next winter; and

those who actually profess the trace, to thew 6 doubt not but it will please more than the operą some such marks of it before their doors. • or puppet 1how. I will not say that a monkey

• When the name gives an occasion for an in is a better man than fome of the opera-leroes; * genious fign-post, I would likewise advise the • but certainly he is a better representative of 4

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'yood and wire. If you will be pleased to give For this reason the Italian artists cannot agree

me a good word in your paper, you shall be with our EngliM musicians, in admiring Purcell's every night a spectarur at my now for no. compositions, and thinking his tunes fo wonderthing.

fully adapted to his words; because both nations с

' I am, &c.' do not always express the same pafsions by the same

sounds. N° 29. TUESDAY, APRIL 3.

I am therefore humbly of opinion, that an En

glish compofer should not follow the Italian recia ---Sermo linguâ concinxus utrâque

tative too fervilely, but make use of many gentle Suavior : itt Chio nota fi commista Falerni eff. deviations from it, in compliance with his own na.

Hor. Sat. 1. x, 23, tive language. He may copy out of it all the lulBoth tongues united sweeter founds produce, ling softness and Dying Falls, as Shakespear calls. Like Chian mix'd with the Falernian juice.

them, but hould still remember that he ought to HERE is nothing that has more startled our accommodate himfelf to an Engifth audience ;

English audience, than the Italian Recitati- and by humouring the tone of our voices in ordivo at its first entrance upon the stage. People nary conversation, have the same regard to the acwere wonderfully surprised to hear generals ting- cent of his own language, as those perfons had to ing the word of command, and ladies delivering theirs whom he profetles to imitate. It is observed messages in music. Our countrymen could not that several of the finging birds of our own counforbear laughing when they heard a lover chanting try learn to Tweeten their voices, and mellow the out a billet-doux, and even the superfcription of harshness of their natural' notes, by practising un. a letter set to a tune. The famous blunder in an der those that come from warmer climates. In the old play of “ Enter a king and two fiddlers folus," same manner I would allow the Italian opera to was now no longer an absurdity; when it was im- lead our English music as much as may grace and possible for a hero in a desert, or a princess in her foften it, but never intirely to annihilate and closet, to speak any thing accompanied witimu- destroy it. Let the infufion be as strong as you fical instruments.

pleafe, but ftill let the fùbject-matter of it be But however this Italian method of acting in Englith. Recitativo might appear at first hearing, I cannot A composer Mould fit his mufic to the genius of but think it much more just than that which pre- the people, and consider tharthe delicacy of hear. vailed in our English opera before this innovation; ing, and taste of harmony, has been formed uport the transition from an air to recitative music being those sounds which every country abounds with : more natural, than the palling from a song to plain in thort, that music is of a relative nature, and and ordinary speaking, which was the common what is harmony to one car, may be dissonance to method in Purcell's operas.

another. The only fault I find in our present pra&ice is The same observations which I have made upon 'the making use of the Italian Recitativo with En. the recitative part of music, may be applied to at glish words.

our songs and airs in general To go to the bottom of this matter, I must ob. Signior Baptist Lully a&ed like a man of sense ferve, that the tone, or, as the French call it, the in this particular. He found the French music exaccent of every nation in clieir ordinary speech is tremely defective and very often barbarous; howaltogether different from that of every other peo- ever, knowing the genius of the people, the hus pie; as we may fee even in the Welch and Scotch, mour of their language, and the prejudiced ears he who border fo near upon us. By the tone or ac had to deal with, he did not pretend to extirpace cent, I do not mean the pronunciation of each par, the French music, and plant the Italian in its stead; ticular word, but the sound of the whole sentence, but only to cultivate and civilize it with innumeThus it is very common for an Englith gentleman, rable graces and modulations which he borrow$ when he hears a French tragedy, to conxplain that from the Italian. Dy this means, the French muthe actors of all them speak in a cone; and there. fic is now perfect in its kind; and when you fay fore he very wisely prefers his own countrymen, it is not so good as the Italian, you only mean that not considering that a foreigner complains of the it does not pleate you so well; for there is scarce a faine tone in an English actor.

Frenchman who would not wonder to hear you For this reason, the recitative music, in every give the Italian such a preference. The music of language, Mould be as diffèrent as the tone or ac the French is indeed very properly adapted to their cent of eact language; for otherwise, what may pronunciation and accent, as their whole opera properly express a passion in one language, will not wonderfully favours the genius of such a gay airy do it in another. Every one who has been long people. The chorusses in which that opera abounds in Italy knows very well, that the cadences in the gives the parterre frequent opportunities of joinRecitativo bear a rernote allinity to the tune of ing in concert with the stage. This inclination of their voices in ordinary conversation, or, to speak the audience to sing along with the actors, so premore properly, are only the accents of their lan- vails with them, that I have sometimes known the guage made more musical and tuneful.

periormer ou the stage do no more in a celebrated Thus the notes of interrogation, or admiration, song, than the clerk of a parish-church, who ferves in the italian inutio, ifone may fo call them, which only to raife the praim, and is afterwards drowned rufemble their accents in discourse on such occa. in the music of the congregation. Every actor Hons, are not unlike the ordinary lones of an En that comes on the stage is a beau. The queens glith voice wiien we are angry ; informuch that I and heroines are so painted, that they appear as fare often feen our audiences extremely mistaken ruddy and cherry-check'd as milk-maids. The as to what has been doing upon tho 1 age, and ex- thepherds are all embroider'd, and acquit thempecting to see che hero knock down his meilunger, selves in a ball better than our English dancingwhen he has been alking him a question; or fan- matters. I have seen a couple of rivers appear in @ying that he quarrels with dii friend, when he red stockings; and Alpheus, instead of having his only bido trim good-morrow.

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love in a fair full-bottomed perriwig, and a plume affembly, for one of a sudden to rise and make a of feathers; but with a voice so full of shakes and difcourse concerning his pallion in general, and quavers, that I Mould have thought the murmurs describe the temper of his mind in such a manner, of a country brook the much more agreeable mu. as that the whole company Mall join in the des fic.

scription, and feel the force of it. In this case, if I remember the last opera I saw in that merry any man has declared the violence of his fame in nation, was the rape of Proserpine, where Pluto, more pathetic terms, he is made president for that co make the more tempting figure, put himself in night, out of respect to his superior passion, a French equipage, and brings Alcalaphus along We had fomo years ago in this town a set of peo. with him as his Valet de Chambre. This is what ple who met and dressed like lovers, and were dis. we call folly and impertinence; but what the tinguished by the name of the Fringe-Glove Club; French look upon as gay and polite.

but they were perfons of such moderate intellects, I Mall add no more to what I have here offered even before they were impaired by their paffion; than that music, architecture, and painting, as well that their irregularities could not furnia sufficient as poetry or oratory, are to deduce their laws and variety of folly to afford daily new impertinences; rules from the general sense and taste of mankind, by which means that institution dropped. These and not from the principles of thołe arts themselves; fellows could express their passion in nothing but or in other words, the taste is not to conform to their dres; but the Oxonians are phantastical, now the art, but the art to the taste Music is not de- they are lovers in proportion to their learning and figned to please only chromatic ears, but all that understanding before they became such. The are capable of distinguishing harsh from disagree.' thoughts of the ancient poets on this agreeable able notes. A man of an ordinary ear is a judge phrenzy, are tranNated in honour of some modern whether a passion is expressed in proper founds, beauty; and Chloris is won to-day by the same and whether the melody of those founds be more compliment that was made to Lesbia a thousand or less pleasing.

C years ago. But as far as I can learn, the patron

of the club is the renowned Don Quixote, The ad

ventures of that gentle knight are frequently men. N° 30. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

tioned in the society, under the colour of laughing

at the passion and themselves; but at the same Si, Mimnermus uti censet, fine amore jocisque time, though they are sensible of the extravaganNil est jucundum; virus in amore jocisque. ces of that unhappy warrior, they do not observe,

Hor, Ep. I. vi. 56. thar to turn all the reading of the best and wifest If nothing, as Mimanernaus strives to prove, writings into rhapsodies of love, is a phrenzy no Can e'er be pleasant without wanton love, less diverting than that of the aforesaid accomThen live in wanton love, thy sports pursue. plished Spaniard. A gentleman who, I hope, will

CREECH. continue his correspondence, is lately admitted NE common calamity makes men extremely into the fratemity, and sent me the following other particular, The passion of love is the most general concern among men; and I am glad to hear by my last advices from Oxford, that there INCE I find you take nctice of clubs, I beg are a set of sighers in that university, who have leave to give you an account of one in Oxo erected themfelves into a society, in honour of ' ford, which you have no where mentioned, and that tender passion. These gentlemen are of that perhaps never heard of. We distinguish ourselves sort of inamoratos, who are not so very much loft by the title of the Amorous Club, are all vota, to common sense, but that they understand tho ries of Cupid, and admirers of the fair sex. The folly they are guilty of; and for that reason lepa reason that we are so little known in the world, rate themselves from all other company, because is the secrecy which we are obliged to live under they will enjoy the pleasure of talking incohe in the university. Our conftitution runs counter rently, without being ridiculous to any but each ' to that of the place wherein we live; for in love other. When a man comes into the club, he is there are no doctors, and we all profess so high not obliged to make any introduction to his dit a passion, that we admit of no graduates in it, course, but at once, as he is Teating himself in his * Our presidentship is bestowed according to our #hair, speaks in the thread of his own thoughts, * dignity of passion; our number is unlimited " She gave me a very obliging glance, the never

" and our statutes are like those of the Druids, « looked so well in her life as this evening;" or

recorded in our own breasts only, and explained the like reflection, without regard to any other " by ths majority of the company. A mistress, member of the society; for in this assembly they, " and a poem in her praise, will introduce any do not meet to talk to each other, but every man candidate; without the latter no one can be ad. claims the full liberty of talking to him'elf. In mitted; for he that is not in love enough to Itead of snuff-boxes and canes, which are usual rhyme, is unqualified for our society. To speak helps to discourse with other young fellows, these disrespectfully of any woman is expulsion from have each some piece of ribbon, a broken fan, or our gentle society. As we are at present all of an old girdle, which they play with while they talk us gown-men, instead of duelling when we are of the fair person remembered hy each respective rivals, we drink together the health of our mistoken. According to the representation of the "trefits. The manner of doing this fometimes in. matter from my letters, the company appear

like .6 decd creates debatos; on such occafion; we bave fo

many players rehearsing behind the scenes; one I recourse to the rules of love among the an. is fighing and lamenting his destiny in beseeching

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Naevia fez cyarbis, Septem Juslina bibatur. This Expedition of Alexander opens with his

MART. Epig. i. 72. consulting the Oracle at Delphos, in which the Six cups to Naevia, to Justina leven. dumb conjurer, who has been visited by so many : This method of a glass to every letter of her persons of quality of late years, is to be introduced

as telling him his fortune ; at the same time name, occafioned the other night a dispute of Clinch of Barnet is represented in another corner some warmth. A young student, who is in love

with Mrs. Elizabeth Dimple, was fo unreason of the temple, as ringing the bells of Delphos, for. * able as to begin her health under the name of joy of his arrival. The tent of Darius is to be peo• Elizabetha ; which fo exasperated the club, that der is to fall in love with a piece of wax-work, that

pled by the ingenious Mrs. Salmon, where Alexan. ' by common consent we retrenched it to Betty represents the beautiful Statira. When Alexan

We look upon a man as no company, that does der comes into that country in which Quintus not figh five times in a quarter of an hour; and Curtius tells us the dogs were so exceeding fierce

look upon a member as very absurd, that is fo that they would not lose their hold, though they • much himself as to make a direct answer to a question. In fine, the whole assembly is made would hang upon their prey by their teeth when

were cut to pieces limb by limb, and that they up of abfent men, that is, of such persons as have lott their locality, and whose minds and

they had nothing but a mouth left; there is to be

a scene of Hockley in the Hole, in which is to be bodies never keep company with one another. represented all the diversions of that place, the

As I am an unfortunate member of this distrat- Bull-baiting only excepted, which cannot possibly ied society, you cannot expect a very regular ac

be exhibited in the theatre, by rearon c: the low count of it; for which reason, I hope you will nefs of the roof. The several woods in Afia, which pardon me that I lo abrubtly subscribe my. Alexander must be supposed to pass through, will

give the audience a light of monkies dancing upon Sir, " Your rooft obedient humble servant.

ropes, with many other pleasantries of that ludi"T, B.

crous species. At the same time, if there chance

to be any flrange animals in town, whether birds " I forgot to tell you, that Albina, who has fix

or beasts, they may be either let loose among the « votaries in this club, is one of your readers.'

woods, or driven across the stage by some of the country people of Alia. In the last great battle,

Pinkethman is to personate king Porus upon an THURSDAY, APRIL 5. thephant, and is to be encountered by Powell, re

presenting Alexander the great, upon a dromedary, Sit mili fas audita loqui----

which nevertheless Mr. Powell is desired to call

Virg. Fr. vi. 266. by the name of Bucephalus. Upon the close of What I have heard, permit me to relate.

this great decisive batile, wlien the kings are thoL

AST night, upon my going into a coffee house roughly reconciled, to shew the mutual friendship

not far from the Hay-Market theatre, I di- and good correspondence that reign between them, verted myself for about half an hour with over they both of them go together to a puppet-Mow, hearing the discourse of one, who, by the shabbi- in which the ingenious Mr. Powell

, junior, may, ness of his dress, the extravagance of his conccp- have an opportunity of displaying his whole arç tors, and the hurry of his speech, i discovered to of machinery, for the diversion of the two mobe of that species who are generally difiinguished narchs. Some at the table urged, the puppetby the title of projectors. This gentleman, for I mow was not a suitable entertainment for Alexfound he was treated as such by his audience, was ander the Great; and that it might be introduced entertaining a whole table of lifteners with the more properly, if we suppose the conquerertouched project of an opera, which he told us had not cost upon that part of India vshich is said to be inhahim above two or three mornings in the contri- bited by the pygmies. But this objection was vance, and which he was ready to put in execution, looked upon as frivolous, and the proposal immeprovided he might find his account in it. He diately over-ruled.' Our projector further added, faid, that he had obferved the great trouble and in- chai aster the reconciliation of these two kings, they convenicnce which ladies were at, in ţravelling up, miglit invite one another to dinner, and either of and down to the several shows that are exhibited them entertain his guest with the German artists, in different quarters of the town. "The dancing Mr. Pinkethman's heathen gods, or any of the monkies are in one place; the puppet show in like diversions, which fall then chance to be in another; the opera in a third; not to mention vogue. the lions, that are almost a whole day's journey

This project was received with very great ap. from the politer part of the town. By this means plausė by the whole tábie. Upon which the una people of figure are forced to lose half the winter dertaker told us, that he had not yet communica, after their coming to town, before they have seen ted to us above half his desig; for thiaç Alexanall the strange rights about it. In order to remedy der, being a Greek, it was his intention that the this great inconvenience, our projector drew out whole opera nould be acted in that language, of his pocket the scheine of an opera, entitled, which was a tongue he was sure would' wonder « The Expedition of Alexander the Great;" in fully please the ladies, especially when it was a which he had disposed all the remarkable shows little Failed and rounded By the Ionic diaļect; and about town among the scenes and decorations of could not but be acceptable to the whole audience, his piece. The thought, he confeffed, was not because there are fewer of them who understand origirally his own, but that he had taken the hint Greek'than Italian. The only difficulty that reof it from several performances which t:e had seen mained, was. how to get performers, unless we upcn our stage; in one of which there was a rare- could perfuacie fümé gentlemen of the Universities Thow; in another, a ladder-dance; and in others to learn to fing, in order to qualify themsclyes for

posture-man, a moving picturt, with many cu. fities of the like nature.

the stage; but this objection soon vanished, when the projectar informed us that the Grçeks were at

prefest

present the only muficians in the Turkish empire, ' occasion of this. Who Would I meet at the cofand that it would be very easy for our factory at "fee-house door t’other night, but my old friend Smyrna to furnish us every year with a colony of Mr. President; I saw somewhat had pleased musicians, by the opportunity of the Turkey fieet; • him; and as soon as he had cast his eye upon beiides, lays he, if we want any single voice for me, “Oho, Doctor, rare news from London, any lower part in the opera, Lawrence can learn ” says he; the Spectator has made honoura. to spcak Greek, as well as he does Italian, in a « ble mention of the club (man) and published to fortnight's time.

« the world his fincere desire to be a member, The projector having thus settled matters, to « with a recommendatory description of his phiz: the good liking of all that heard him, he left his " and though our constitution has made no parfeat at the table, and planted himself before the “ ticular provision for short faces, yet, his being fire, where I had unluckily taken my stand for the an extraordinary case, I believe we shall find an convenience of over-hearing what he had said, “ hole for him to creep in at; for I assure you he Whether he had observed me to be more attentive " is not against the canon; and if his sides are as than ordinary, I cannot tell, but he had not stood compact as his joles, he need not disguise him.' þy me above a quarter of a minute, but he turned « self to make one of us." "I presently called Mort upon mecn a sudden, and catching me by a ' for the paper, to fee how you looked in print; button of my coat, attacked me very abruptly af and after we liad regaled ourselves a while upon ter the following manner. Besides, Sir, I have the pleasant image of our profelyte, Mr. Presiheard of a very extraordinary genius for music that dent told me I should be his stranger at the next lives in Switzerland, who has so strong a spring night's club: where we were no sooner come, in his fingers, that he can make the board of an ' and pipes brought, but Mr. President began an organ sound like a drum, and if I could but pro ' harangue upon your introduction to my epiftle, cure a subscription of about ten thousand pound ' setting forth with no less volubility of speech every wipter, I wouid undertake to fetch him over than strength of reason, “ That a speculation of and oblige him by articles to set every thing that “ this nature was what had been long and much mould be sung upon the English stage. After this wanted; and that he doubted not but it would he looked full in my face, expecting I would make “ be of inestimable value to the public, in reconan answer; when by good luck, a gentleman that “ ciling even of bodies and souls; in compoting häd entered the coffee-house since the projector“ and quieting the minds of men under all core applied himself to me, hearing him talk of his “ poral redundancies, deficiencies, and irregulari. Swiss compositions, cry'd out with a kind of “ ties whatsoever; and înaking every one fit down laugh, Is our music then to receive farther im “ content in his own carcase, though it were not provements from Switzerland. This alarmed the « perhaps so mathematically put together as he projector, who immediately let go my button, and « could wish,” And again. “How that for want turned about to answer him. I took the oppor “ of a due confideration of what you first advance, tunity of the diversion which seemed to be made “ viz, chat our faces are not of our own choosing, in favour of me, and laying down my penny upon “ people had been transported beyond all goodthe bar, retired with foine precipitation, " breeding, and hurried themselves into unac.

countable and fatal extravagances : as, howe

many impartial looking-glasses had been cen

“ sured and calumniated, nay, and sometimes thie' FRIDAY, April 6.

"s vered into ten thousand splinters, only for a Nil illi larvâ aut tragiris opus elle Cothurmis.

" fair representation of the truth? how many Hur. Sat. 1. v. 64: “ headstrings and garters had been made acceffa

ry, and actually forfeited, only because folks He wants ņo tragic vizor to increase.

“ must needs quarrel with their own thadows ? His natural deformity of face.

“And wlio, continues he, but is deeply sensible THE !ate discourse concerning the statutes of " that one great source of the uneasiness and mi.

the Ugly Club, having been to well received “ fery of human life, especially amongst those of at Oxford, that, contrary to the strict rules of the « diftincion, arises from nothing in the world else, fociety, they have been to partialas to take my own “ but too severe a contemplation of an indefeatestimonial, and admit me into that select body'; ?sible contexture of our external parts, or cerI could not restsain the vanity of publishing to the “ tain natural and invincible difpofitions to be qvorld the' l'onour which is dore me. It is 'no « fat or lean ? When a little more ot Mr. SPEC. Imall satisfaction, that I have given occasion for “ 'TATOR's philosophy would take off all this ; the president's Mewing both his invention and “ and in the mean time let them observe, that reading to fuch advantage as 'my correspondent “ there's not one of their grievances of this fort, reports he did: but it is not to be doubted there « but perhaps, in some ages of the world, has were many very improper hums ana pauses iņ “ been highiy in vogue; and may be so again ; his harangue, which lose their ugliness in the nar nay, in some country or other, ten to one is so Fat on, and which my correspondent, begging his at this day. My Lady Ample is "the most mir pardon, has no very good talent at representing. * ferable woman in the world, purely of her own í very much approve of the contempt the society making; the even grudges herself meat and t.as of beauty: nothing ought to be laudable in drink, for fear Nie mould thrive by them ; and à man, in which his will is not concerned; there is constantly crying out, In a quarter of a year fore cür society can follow nature, and where me more I fall be quite out of all manner of tas thought tiệ, as it were, to inock herself, we ? Mape ! Now the lady's misfortune seems to be can do so too, and be merry upon the occasion. only this, that she is planted in a wrong foil;

for, go bur t'other side of the water, it's a jest <fr. SPECTATOR,

at Harlem to talk' of a shape under eighteen OUR maling public the latę trouble ! " love. These wise traders regulate their beauGüüe you, ye!! will find to have been the “ ties as they do their butter, by the pound ; and

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