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comb, which arises from his own false maxims, and the aggravation of his pain, by the very words in which he fees her innocence, makes a very pleasant and instructive fatire. The character of Horner, and the design of it, is a good representation of the age in which that Comedy was written; at which time love and wenching were the businefs of life, and the gallant manner of pure fuing women was the best recommendation at Court. To this only it is to be imputed, that a Gentleman of Mr. Wycherley's character and sense, condescends to represent the insults done to the honour of the bed, without just reproof; but to have drawn a man of probity with regard to fuch confiderations had been a monster, and a Poet had at that time discovered his want of knowing the manners of the Court he lived in, by a virtuous character in his fine Gentleman, as he would Ahow his ignorance, by drawing a vicious one to please the present audience. Mrs. Bignell did her part very happily, and had a certain grace in her rusticity, which gave us hopes of seeing her a very fkilful player, and in fome parts fupply our loss of Mrs. Verbruggen. I cannot be of the fame opinion with my friends and fellow.labour. ers, the Reformers of Manners, in their severity toward's plays; but mutt allow, that a good Play acted before a well-bred audience, muft raise very proper incitements to good behaviour, and be the most quick and most prevailing method of giving young people a turn of fenfe and breeding. But as I have set up for a weekly hifto. sian, I resolve to be a faithful one; and therefore take this public occasion to admonish a young Nobleman, who came flustered into the box last night, and let him know how much all his friends were out of countenance for him. The women fat in terror of hearing something that should lock their modefty, and all the Gentlemen in as much pain out of compasion to the Ladies, and perhaps resentment for the indignity which was offered in coming into their presence in so disrespectful a manner. Wine made him say nothing that was rude, therefore he is forgiven, upon condition he never will hazard his offending more in this kind. As I just now hinted, I own myself of the society for Reformation of Man, ners. We have lower instruments than those of the family of Bickerstaff, for punishing great crimes, and exposing the abandoned. Therefore, as I design to have notices from all public affemblies, I shall take upon me only indecorums, improprieties, and negli.gences, in such as should give us better examples. Af. ter this declaration, if a fine Lady thinks fit to giggle at church, or a great Beau come in drunk to a Play, either fhall be sure to hear of it in my ensuing Paper. For merely as a well-bred man, I cannot bear these enormities.
After the Play we naturally stroll to this Coffee-house, in hopes of meeting some new poem, or other entertainment, among the men of wit and pleasure, where there is a dearth at present. But it is wonderful there should be fo few writers, when the art is become merely mechanic, and men may make themselves great that way, by as certain and infallible rules as you may be a Joiner or a Mason. There happens a good instance of this in what the hawker has just now offered to fale, 'to wit, “ Instructions to Vanderbank: A Sequel to the Advice " to the Poets: A Poem, occafioned by the glorious «« succefs of her Majesty's arms, under the command of to the Duke of Marlboroughi the last year in Flanders." Here you are to understand, that the Author, finding the Poets would not take his advice, troubles himself no more about them ; but has met with one Vanderbank, who works in arras, and makes very good tapestry hangings: Therefore, in order to celebrate the hero of the age, he claps togerber all that can be said of a man that makes hangings :
Then, artist, who doft Nature's face express
Well, what shall this workman do? why? to thew How great an hero che loer intends, he provides him a very good horle
Champing his foam, and bounding on the plain,
Now as to the intrepidity, the calm courage, the contant application of the hero, it is not neceffary to take that upon yourself; you may, in the lump, bid him you employ, raise him as high as he can, and if he does it not, let him answer for disobeying orders.
Let fame and victory in inferior fky
A whole Poem of this kind may be ready against an ensuing campaign, as well as a space left in the canvas of a piece of tapestry for the principal figure, while the under-parts are working: So that in effect the Adviser copies after the man he pretends to directo This me-thod should, methinks, encourage young beginners :: For the invention is fo fitted to all capacities, that hy the help of it a man may make a receipt for a poemi A young man may observe that the jig of the thing isy as I said, finding out all that can be said in his way whom you employ to set forth your. Worthy. Wallers and Denham had worn out the expedient of Advice to a Painter: This Author has transferred the work, and sent his Advice to the Poets ; that is to say, to the Turners of Verse, as he calls them. Well; that thought is worn out also, therefore he directs his genius to the loom, and will have a new. set of hangings in honour of the last year in Flanders. I must own to you, I approve, extremely this invention, and it might be improved for the benefit of manufactory : As, suppose an ingenious Gentleman should write a Poem of advice 10 a CallicoPrinter; do you think there is a girl in England, that would wear any thing but the Taking of Life, or the Battle of .Oudenarde : They would certainly be all the fafhion, until the heroes abroad had cut out some more patterns. I should fancy small skirmifhes might:do for under-petticoats, provided they had a siege for the upper. If our Adviser were well imitated, many indura trious people might be put to work. Liule Mr. Dactile,
now in the room, who formerly writ a song and an half, is a week gone in a very pretty work, upon this hint: He is writing an epigram to a young virgin who knits very well: (it is a thousand pities he is a Jacobite) but his epigram is by way of advice to this damsel, to knit all the actions of the Pretender and the Duke of Bure gundy's last campaiga, in the clock of a stocking. It were endless to enumerate the many hands and trades that may be employed by poets, of so useful a turn as this Adviser. I hall think of it; and, in this time of taxes, shall consult a great critic employed in the cufa tom-house, in order to propose what tax may be proper to put upon knives, seals, rings, hangings, wrought beds, gowns and petticoats, where any of these commodities bear mottoes that are worked upon poetical grounds.
St. James's Coffee-houfe, April 15.; Letters from Turin of the third inftant, N. S. infornt us, that his Royal Highness' employs all his address in alarming the enemy, and perplexing their speculations concerning his real designs the ensuing campaign. Contracts are entered into with the Merchants of Milan, for a great number of mules to transport his provisions and ammunition. His Royal Highness has ordered the train of artillery to be conveyed to Susa before the twenty-fixth of next month. In the mean time, all accounts agree, that the enemy are very backward in their preparations, and almost incapable of defending themselves against an invasion, by reason of the general murmurs of their own people; which, they find, are no way to be quieted, but by giving them hopes of a fpeedy peace. When these letters were dispatched, the Marshal de Thelle was arrived at Genoa, where he has taken much pains to keep the correspondents of the merchants of France in hopes, that measures will be found out to support the credit and commerce between that state and Lyons: But the late declaration of the agents of Monsieur Bernard, that they cannot discharge the demands made upon them, has quite difpirited all those who are engaged in the remittances of France.
From my own Apartment, April 15, h is a very natural paflion in all good members of the commonwealth, to take what care they can of their fa. milies. Therefore I hope the reader will forgive me, that I defire he would go to the Play called the Stratagem, this evening, which is to be acted for the benefit of my near kinsman Mr. John Bickerfaff. I proteft to you, the Gentleman has not fpoke to me to desire this favour ; but I have a respect for him, as well in regard to con. fanguinity, as that he is an intimate friend of that famous and heroic actor, Mr. George Powel, who for merly played Alexander the Great in all places, though he is lately grown so reserved, as to act it only on the kage.
Tuesday, April 18, 1709.
" IT is usual with persons who mount the ftage, for " the cure or information of the croud about them, is to make solemn profeflions of their being wholly dif" interested in the pains they take for the public good. & At the fame time those very men, who make hau rangues in plush doublets, and extol their own abi « fities and generous inclinations, tear their lungs in « vending a drug, and show no act of bounty, except u it be, that they lower a demand of a crown to fix, " nay, to one penny. We have a contempt for such “ pa ultry barterers, and have therefore all along in-, u formed the Public, that we intend to give them
our advices for our own fakes, and are labouring to " make our Lucubrations come to some price in money, “ for our more convenient support in the service of « the Public. It is certain that many other schemes " have been proposed to me; as a friend offered to thew “ me in a Treatise he had writ, which he called, " The