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tioned duelling, turned his head that way; and that he was principally moved thereto, because he designed to follow the circuits in the north of England and south of Scotland, and to reside mostly at his own estate at Landbadernanux. in Cardigan/hire. The northern Britons and the southern Scots are a warm people, and the Weljh " a "nation of Gentlemen ;" so tr/at it behoved him to understand well the science of quarrelling. The young Gentleman proceeded admirably well, and gave the board an account that he had read " Fitzherhert's grand "Abridgment," and had found that Duelling is a very ancient part of the law; for when a man is sued, be it for his lise or hisland, the person that joins the issue, whether plaintiff or desendant, may put the trial upon, the duel. Further he argued, under favour of the court, that when the issue is joined by the duel, in treason or other capital crimes, the parties accused and accuser must sight in their own proper persons: But if the dispute be for lands, you may hire a champion at Hockley in the Hole, or any where else. This part of the law we had from the Saxons; and they had it, as also the trial by Ordeal, from the Laplanders. It is indeed agreed, faid he, the southern and eastern nations never knew any thing of it; for though the ancient Romans would scold and call names silthily, yet there is not an example of a challenge that ever passed among them.
His quoting the eastern nations, put another gentleman in mind of an account he had from a Boatswain of an East-India man; which was, that a Chinese had tricked and bubbled him, and that when he came to demand fatisfaction the next morning, and like a true tar of honour called him a son of a whore, lyar, dog, and other rough appellatives used by persons converfant with winds and waves; the Chinese, with great tranquillity, desired him not to come abroad fasting, nor put himself into a beat, for it would prejudice his health. Thus the east knows nothing of this gallantry.
There fat at the left of the table a person of a venerable aspect,who asserted, that half the impositions which are put upon these ages, have been transmitted by writers who have given too great pomp and magnisicence, to the exploits of the antient Bear-garden, and made their
gladiators, gladiators, by fabulous tradition, greater than Gorman and others of Great-Britain. He informed the company, that he had searched authorities for what he faid, and that a learned antiquary, Humphry Scarecrow, Esquire, of Hockiey in the Hole, recorder to the Bear-garden, was then writing a discourse on the subject. It appears by the best accounts, fays this Gentleman, that the high names which are used among us with so great veneration, were no other than stage-sighters, and worthies of the antient Bear-garden. The renowned Hercules always carried a quarterstasF, and was from thence called Clawiger. A learned chronologist is about proving what wood the stasf was made of, whether oak, ash, or crabtree. The sirst trial of skill he ever performed was with one Cacus, a deer-stealer; the next was with Typhonus, a giant of forty seet four inches. Indeed it was unhappily recorded, that meeting at last with a failor's wise, she made his stasf of prowess serve her own use, and dwindle away to a distasf: She clapped him on an old tar-jacket of her husband; so that this great hero drooped like a scabbed sheep. Him his contemporary Theseus succeeded in the Bear-garden, which honour he held for many years. This grand Duellist went to hell, and was the only one of that sort that ever came back again. As for Achilles and HeSor (as the ballads of those times mention) they were pretty smart sellows; they fought at sword and buckler; but the former had much the beeter of it; his mother, who was an oyster-women, having got a blacksmith of Lemnos to make her son's weapons. There is a pair of trusty Trojansia a song of Virgil, that were famous for handling their gauntlets, Dares and F.ntellus; and indeed it does appear, they fought no sham-prize. What arms the great Alexander sSsi, is uncertain; however, the historian mentions, when he-attacked Thaleftris, it was only at single rapier: But the weapon soon failed; for it was always observed, that the Amazons had a sort of enchantment about them, which made the blade of the weapon, though of never so good metal, at every home push lose its edge, and grow seeble.
The Roman Bear-garden was abundantly more magnisicent than any thing Greece could boast of; it flourished most under those delights of mankind, Nero and Domitian* -mitian. At one time it is recorded, four hundred senetors entered the lill, and thought it an honour to be cudgelled and quarterstaffed. I observe the Laniftte were the people chiefly employed, which makes me imagine our Bear-garden copied much after this, the butchers being the greatest men in it.
Thus far the glory and honour of the Bear-garden stood secure, until fate, that irresistible ruler of sublunary things, in that univerfal ruin of arts and politer learning, by those favage people the Gotbs and Vandals, destroyed and levelled it to the ground. Then sell the grandeur and bravery of the Roman state, until at last the warlike Genius (but accompanied with more courtesy) revived in the Christian world under those puissant champions, Saint George, Saint Dennis, and other dignisied Heroes : One killed his Dragon, another his Lion, and were all afterwards canonized for it, having red letters before them to illustrate their martial temper. The Spanijh nation, it must be owned, were devoted to gallantry and chivalry above the rest of the world. What s great sigure does that great name, Don Quixote, make in history? How shines that glorious star in the western world! O renowned Hero! O mirror of Knighthood I
The brandish'd whinyard al! the world desies,
. I am forced to break off abruptly, being sent for in haste with my rule, to measure the degree of an affront, before the two Gentlemen (whoare now in their breeches and pumps ready to engage behind Montague house) have made a pass.
From my own Apartment, June 18.
It is an unreasonable objection, I sind, against my labours, that my stock is not all my own, and therefore, the kind reception I have met with is not so deserved a* it ought to be. But I hope, though it be never so true, that T am obliged to my friends for laying their cash in my hands, since I give it them again when they please, and leave them at their liberty to call it home, it will
.not hurt me with my gentle readers. Ask all the merchants who act upon consignments, Where is the neceslixy (if they answer readily what their correspondents draw) of their being wealthy themselves? Ask the greatest bankers, if all the men they deal with were to draw at once, what would be the consequence? But indeed a country friend has writ me a letter which gives me great mortisication; wherein I sind I am so far from expecting a supply from thence, that some have not heard of me, and the rest do not understand me: His Epistle is as follows:
"T Thought, when I left the town, to have raised "JL your fame here, and helped you to support it by "intelligence from hence; but alas! they had never "heard of the Tat/er until I brought down a set. 'I lent "them from house to house, but they asked me what "they meant. I began to enlighten them, by telling "who and who were supposed to be intended by the '' characters drawn. 1 faid, sor instance, Cbke and "Clarijsa are two eminent Toasts. A Gentleman (wh» "keeps his greyhound and gun, and one would think "might know better) told me, he supposed they were "Papishes, for their names were not Englijh. Then, "faid he, why do you call live people Toasts? I an"sweted, that was a new name sound out by the Wits, "to make a Lady have the fame efsect, as burridge in "the glass when a man is drinking. But, fays I, Sir, "I perceive this is to you all Bamboozling; why, you "look as if you were Don Diego'e/ to the tune of a thont"fand pounds. All this good language was lost upon "him: He only stared, though he is as good a. scholar "as any layman in the town, except the barber. Thus, .'' Cousin, you must be content with London sor the cen"ter of your wealth and fame ;. we have no relish sor "you. Wit must describe its proper circumserence, and not go beyond it, lest (like little boys, when they "straggle out of their own parish) it may wander to "places where it is not known, and be lost. Since it "is so, you must excuse me that I. am forced at a. visit '' to sit silent, and only lay up what excellent things *' pass at such converfations."
"This Evening I was with a couple of young La"dies; one of them has the character of the prettiest "company, yet really I thought her but silly; the *' other, who talked a great deal less, I observed to have *' understanding. The Lady, who is reckoned such a "companion among her acquaintance, has' only, with ¥ a very hrisk air, a knack of faying the commonest '' things: The other, with a sly serious one, fays home "things enough. The sirst, Mistress Giddy, is very '' quick; but the second, Mistress Slim, sell ito Giddy'9 "own style, and was as good company as she. Giddy "happens to drop her glove; Slim reaches it to her. ♦* Madam, fays Giddy, I hope you will have a better *' osfice. Upon which Slim immediately repartees, and *' sits in her lap, and cries, are you not sorry sor my "heaviness? The fly wench pleased me, to see how she "hit her height of understanding so well. We fat down to supper. Says Giddy, mighty prettily, two "hands in a dish, and orie in a purse: Says Slim, Ay, '' Madam, the more the merrier; the sewer the better "chear. I quickly took the hint, and was as witty '' and talkative as they: Says I,
"He that will not when he may,
*' And so helped myself. Giddy turns about;. What M have you sound your tongue? Yes, fays I, it is man"ners to speak when I am spoken to; but your greatest "talkers are the least doers, and the still sow eats up '' all the broth. 'Ha! ha! fays Giddy, one would think "he had nothing in him, and do you hear how he talks, ** when he pleases i I grew immediately roguish and "pleafant to a degree, in the fame strain. Slim, who •' knew how good company we had been, cries, you '' will certainly print this bright converfation."
It is so; and hereby you may see how small an appearance the prettiest things faid in company make, when in print.