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N°26. THE TATLER. 13have taken folemn oaths, to adhere to the interests of
the interents his Swedish Majesty.
Advices from the Hague of the fourteenth instant, N. S. fay, that all things tended to a vigorous and active campaign; the Allies having strong resentments: against the late behaviour of the Court of France ; and the French using all possible endeavours to animate their men to defend their country against a victorious and exasperated enemy. Monfieur Rouille had passed through Brussels without visiting either the Duke of Marlborough or Prince Eugene, who were hoth there at that time. The States have met, and publicly declared their satisfaction in the conduct of their Deputies during the whole Treaty. Letters from France say, that the Cousti is resolved to put all to the issue of the ensuing cam.. paign. In the mean time, they have ordered the preliminary Treaty to be published, with observations. upon each article, in order to quiet the minds of the people, and persuade them, that it has not been in the power of the King to procure a peace, but to the dimi. nution of his Majesty's glory, and the hazard of his dominions. His Grace the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, arrived at Ghent on Wednesday last, where, at an assembly of all the General Officers, it was thought proper, by reason of the great rains which have lately fallen, to defer forming a camp, or bringing the troops together ; but as soon as the weather would permit, to march upon the enemy with all 'expedition.
Thursday, June 9, 1709.
From my own Apartment, - June 8. . | Have read the following Letter with delight and apo
I probation ; and I hereby order Mr. Kidney, at St.James's, and Sir Thomas.at White's, (who are my clerks for, enrolling all men in their different classes, before:
they prefume to drink tea or chocolate in those places) to take care, that the persons within the descriptions in the latter be admitted and excluded, according to my friend's remonftrance.
June 6, 1709. « V OUR Paper of Saturday has raised up in me a
I noble emulation, to be recorded in the foremost rank of Worthies therein mentioned ; and if any re
gard be had to merit or industry, I may hope to suc66 ceed in the 'promotion, for I have omitted no toil or
expence to be a proficient; and if my friends do not flatter, they assure me, I have not loft my time since
I came to town. To enumerate but a few partico“ lars ; there is hardly a coachman I meet with, but “ defires to be excused taking me, because he has had “ me before. I have compounded two or three rapes ; " and let out to hire as many bastards to beggars. I " never saw above the first Act of a Play: And as to my " courage, it is well known, I have more than once had “ fufficient witnesses of my drawing my Tword both in
tavern and playhouse. Dr. Wali is my particular * friend; and if it were any service to the Public to “ compose the difference between Martin and Sintilaer " the Pear-Driller, I do not know a judge of more ex* perience than myself: For in that I may say with * *** the Poet;
Quæ regio ir villa noftri non plena laboris ?
“ I omit other less particulars, the necessary confe“ quences of greater actions. But my reason for " troubling you at this present is, to put a ftop, if it “ may be, to an infinuating increasing set of people, “ who sticking to the letter of your creatise, and not to
ar the spirit of it, do affume the name of Pretty Fellows; .“ nay, and even get new names, as you very well hint.
“ Some of them I have heard calling to one another as
" I have fat at White's and St. James's, by the names .." of Betty, Nelly, and so forth. You see them accoft
“ each other with effeminate airs : They have their signs " and tokens like Free-masons: They rail at woman. “ kind; receive visits on their beds in gowns, and do ! a thousand other unintelligible prettinesses that I car“ not tell what to make of. I therefore heartily, desire " you would exclude all this sort of animals. .
• There is another matter I foresee an ill consequence *** from, but may be timely prevented by prudence ; “ which is, that for the last fortnight, prodigious shoals " of volunteers have gone over to bully the French, up" on hearing the peace was just signing ; and this is so u true, that I can assure you, all engrosling work about “ the Temple is risen above three shillings in the pound “ for want of hands. Now as it is possible, fome little " alteration of affairs may have broken their measures, " and that they will poft back again, I am under the " last apprehension, that these will, at their return, all " set up for Pretty Fellows, and thereby confound all " merit and service, and impose on us some new altera. « tion in our nightcaps, wigs, and pockets, unless you " can provide a particular class for them. I cannot " apply myself better than to you, and I am sure I
speak the mind of a very great number, as deserving " as myself.”
The pretensions of this correspondent are worthy.a particular distinction; he cannot indeed be admitted as a Pretty, but is, what we more juftly call a Smart Fel. low. Never to pay at the play. house in an act of frugality that lets you into his character ; and his expedient in sending his children begging before they can go, are characteristical instances that he belongs to this class. I never saw the Gentleman; but I know by his letter, he hangs his cane on his button; and by some lines of it he should wear red-heeled shoes ; which are es. sential parts of the habit belonging to the order of Smart Fellows.
My Familiar is returned with the following letter from the French King.
Versailles, June 13, 1709. L EW 18 the Fourteenth to Ifaac Bickerfaf, Esquire.
SIR, “ I Have your epiftle, and must take the liberty to say, “ I that there has been a time, when they were ge“ nerous spirits in Great-Britain, who would not have “ fuffered my name to be treated with the familiarity “ you think fit to use. I thought liberal men would • not be such time-servers, as to fall upon a man be. “ cause his friends are not in power. But having some *s concern for what you may transmit to pofterity con. 46 cerning me, I am willing to keep terms with you, "s and make a request to you, which is, that you would “ give my service to the nineteenth century, (if ever « you or yours reach to them) and tell them, that I «t have settled all matters between them and me by “ Monfieur Boileau. I fhould be glad to see you here."
It is very odd, this Prince should offer to invite me into his dominions, or believe I should accept the invi. tation. No, no, I remember too well how he served an ingenious Gentleman, a friend of mine, whom he locked up in the Baffile for no reason in the world, but because He was a Wit, and feared he might mention him with justice in some of his writings. His way is, that all men of sense are preferred, banished, or imprisoned. He has indeed a sort of justice in him, like that of the gamesters; for if a fander-by sees one at play cheat, he has a right to come in for shares, as knowing the mysteries of the game.
This is a very wife and just maxim ; and if I have not left at Mr. Morphew's, directed to me, bank-bills for two hundred pounds, on or before this day seven-night, I shall tell how Tom Cash got his estate. I expect three hundred pounds of Mr. Soilett, for concealing all the money he has lent to himself, and his landed.friend bound with him, at thirty per Cent. at his scrivener's, Absoluge Princes make people pay what they please in
deference to their power : I do not know why I should not do the same, out of fear or respect to my knowledge. I always . preserve decorums and civilities to the Fair Sex: Therefore, if a certain Lady, who left her coach at the New-Exchange door in the Strand, and whipt down Durham-Yard into a boat with a young Gentleman for Vaux.Hall; I say, if she will send me word, that I may give the fan which she dropped, and I found, to my fister Jenny, there shall be no more faid of it. I expect hush-money to be regularly sent for every folly or vice any one commits in this whole town ; and hope, I may pretend to deserve it better than a chamber-maid or a Valet de Chambre : They only whisper it to the little set of their companions; but I can tell it to all men living, or who are to live. Therefore I defire all my readers to pay their fines, or mend their lives..
White's Chocolate-house, June 8i
My Familiar being come from France, with an answer to my letter to Lewis of that kingdom, instead of going on in a discourse of what he had seen in that Court, he put on the immediate concern of a guardian, and fell to enquiring into my thoughts and adventures since his. journey. As Mort as his stay had been, I confessed I had had many occasions for his affiftance in my conduct; but commonicated to him my thoughts of putting all my force against the horrid and senseless custom of Duels: If it were possible, said he, to laugh at things in them. felves so deeply tragical as the impertinent profufion of human life, I think I could divert you with a figure I faw just after my death, when the Philosopher threw me,. as I told you some days ago, into the pail of water.
" You are to know, that when men leave the body, 4.5 there are receptacles for them as soon as they depart, "s according to the manner in which they lived and died. " At the very instant I was killed, there came away W with me a Spirit which had lost its body in a Duel. " We were both examined. Me the whole assembly " looked at with kindness and pity, but at the same “ time with an air of welcome and consolation : They u pronounced me very happy, who had died in inno
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