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apprehensions from these reports sor the fasety of their country. They surther add from Bruffels, that they have good authority sor believing that the French troops under the conduct of the Marshal de Bezcnt are retiring out of Spain.
H° 37. Tuesday, July 5, 1709.
By Mrs. Jenny Distaff, Half-Sister to Mr. Bickerstaff. White's Chocolate-house, July 2.
IT may be thought very unaccountable, that I, who can never be supposed to go to White's, should pretend to talk to you of matters proper sor, or in the 11 vie of, that place. But though I never visit the public' haunts, I converse with those that do; and sor all they pretend so much to the contrary, they are as talkative as our Sex, and as much at a loss to entertain the present company, without sacrisicing the last, as we ourselves. This reflection has led me into the consideration of the use of speech; and made me look over in my memory all my acquaintance of both Sexes, to know to which! may more justly impute the sin of superfluous discourse in regard to converfation, without entring into it, as it' respects religion.
I soresee may acquaintance will immediately, upon starting this subject, ask me, how I shall celebrate Mrs. Alse Copjwood, the York/hire huntress, who is come to town lately, and moves as if she were on her nag, and going to take a sive-bar s>ate; and is as loud as if site were sollowing her dogs? I can easily answer that; sor' she is as soft as Damon, in comparison of her brother-inlaw, Tom Bellsrey, who is the most accomplished man in this kingdom sor all Gentleman-like activities and accomplishments. It is allowed, that he is a prosessed inemy to the Italian persormers in music. But then
for our own native manner, according to the customs and known ufages of our island, he is to be preserred, for the generality of the pleasure he bestows, much before those sellows, though they sing to sull theatres. For what is a theatrical voice to that of a fox-hunter f I have been at a musical entertainment in an open sield, where it amazed me to hear to what pitches the chief masters would reach. There was a meeting near our feat in Staffordjhire, and the most eminent in all the counties of England were at it. How wondersul was the harmony between men- and dogs! Robin Cartail of Bucks was to answer Joviler; Mr. Tinbreaft of Carnwal was appointed to open with Sweetlips, and Beau Slimber a Londoner, undertook to keep up with Trips, a whelp just set in: Tom Bellfrey and Ringtx'ood were coupled together, to sill the cry on all occasions, and be in at the death of the fox, hare or stag; for which both the dog and the man were excellently suited and loved one another, and were as much together as Banister and King. When JovAer sirst alarmed the sield, Cartail repeated, every note; Sweetlips's treble succeeded, and shook the wood ; Tinbreaft echoed a quarter of a mile beyond it. We were soon after all at a loss until we rid up, and found Trips and Slimber at a default in half notes: But the day and the tune was recovered by Tom Bellfrey and Ringwood, to the great joy of us all, though They drowned every other voice: For BtHfrey carries a note four surlongs, three rods and six paces, surther than any other in England.
. 1 sear the mention of this will be thought a digression from my purpose about speech: But I answer, no. Since this is used where speech rather should be employed, it may come into consideration in the fame chapter: For Mr. Bellfrey being at a visit where I was, viz. his cousin's (Lady Dainty's) in Soho-fquare, was asked, what entertainments they had in the country? now Bellfrey is very ignorant, and much a clown; but consident withal. Ir» a word, he struck up a fox-chase; Lad) Dainty's dog, Mr. Sippet, as she calls him, started and jumped out of his Lady's lap, and sell a barking. Bellfrey went on, and called all the neighbouring parishes into the square. Never was woman in fitch consusion as that delicate L j Lady. Lady. But there was no stopping her Kinsman. A room sull of Ladies sell into the most violent laughter: My Lady looked as if she was shrieking; Mr. Sippet in the middle of the room, breaking his heart with barking, but all of us unheard. As soon as Bellfrey became silent, up gets my Lady and takes him by the arm to lead him off; Bellfrey was in his boots. As she was hurrying him away, his spurs take hold of her petticoat; his whip throws down a cabinet of China: He cries "What! Are your crocks rotten? are your petticoats "ragged - a man cannot walk in your house for trin*' cums.".
Every county of Great-Britain has one hundred or more of this sort of sellows, who roar instead of speak. Therefore if it be true, that we women are also given to a greater fluency of words than is necessary sure, she that disturbs but a room or a family is more to be tolerated, than one who draws together whole parishes and eounties, and sometimes (with an estate that might make him the blessing and ornament of the world around him) has no other view and ambition, but to be an animal above dogs and horses, without the relish of any one enjoyment, which is peculiar to the faculties of human Nature. I know it will here be faid, that talking of mere country Squircs at this rate, is, as it were, to write against Fak.-.ine and Orson. To prove any thing against the, race «i men, you must iaia them as they are adorned with edocstwi, as they live in Courts, pr have received instructions in Colleges. >
But I am so sull of my late entertainment by Mr. Bellfrey, that I must deser pursuing this subject to another day; and wave the proper observations upon the different offenders in this kind, some by profound eloqu<nce on small occasions, others by degrading speech upon great circumstances. Expect therefore to hear of the whisperer without business, the laugher without wit, the complainer without receiving injuries, and a very large croud, which I shall not forestal, who are common (though not commonly observed) impertinents, whose tongues are tco voluble for their brains, and are the general despisers of us women, though we have their superiors, the men of sense, for our servants.
St. James's Coffee-house, July 4.
There has arrived no mail since our last; so that we have no manner of foreign news except we were to give you, for such, the many speculations which are on footconcerning what was imported by the last advices. There are, it seem, sixteen battalions and seventeen squadrons appointed to serve in the siege of Tntrnay; the garrison of which place consills of but eleven battalion* and four squadrons. Letters of the twenty-ninth of the last month from Berlin have brought advice, that the Kings of Denmark and Pruj/ia, and his Majesty Augustus* were within sew days to come to an interview at Potsdam. These letters mention, that two Polijh Princes of the family of Sapieha and Lubermirjky, lately arrived front Paris, consirm the reports of the misery in France for want of provisions, and give a particular instance of it; which is, that on the day Monsieur Rouille returned to> Court, the common people gathered in crouds about the T>auphine\ coach, crying, "peace and bread, bread and "peace."
"Mrs. Distaff" has taken upon her, while she writes? "this Paper, to turn her thoughts wholly to the service "of her own Sex, and to propose remedies against the "greatest vexations attending semale lise. She has for ** this end written a small treatise concerning the Second "Word, with an appendix on the use of a Reply, very "proper for all such as are married to persons either ill"bred ox ill-natured. There is in this tract a digression "for the use of virgins, concerning the words, 1 i<:ill.
"A Gentlewoman who has a very delicate ear, wants "a maid who can whisper, and help her in the g&vern"ment of her family. If the faid servant can clear"starch, lisp and tread softly, she shall have suitable, "encouragement in her wages."
L 4. Thursday,
N° 38. ThurfVJay, July 7, 1709.
By Mrs. Jenny Distaf, Half-Sister to Mr. Bickerflaff. From my own Apartment, July 6.
IFIND among my brother's papers the sollowing Letter verbatim, which I wonder how he could suppress so long as he has, since it was sent him sor no other end, but to shew the good effect his writings have already had upon the ill customs of the age.
8 1 K, London, June 13.
"H E end of the Public Papers ought to be the
M X benesit and instruction,- as well as thediversion
of the Readers : To which I see none so truly condu»' cive as your late performances; especially those tend'' ing to the rooting out from among us that uncbtistian"like and bloody custom of duelling; which, that yoa "have already in some measure persormed, will appear ^' to the Public in the following no less true than heroic *' story. - , ,
"A noble Gentleman of this city, who has the ho*' nour of serving his country as Major in the Train*' bands, being at the general mart of Stock-jobbers
called Jonathan's, endeavouring to raise himself (as
all men of honour ought) to the degree of Colonel at ** least; it happened that he bought the Bear of anothes '' officer, who though not commissioned in the army, '' yet no less eminently serves the Public than the other, *' in raising the credit of the kingdom, .by raising thas *' of the stocks. However, having sold the Bear, and "words arising about the delivery, the most noble Ma»' jor, no less scorning to be out-witted in the coffee*' house, than to run into the sield, according to method,