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lately came into Leghorn brought advice, that the British squadron was arrived at Port-Mahcn, where they were taking in more troops, in order to attempt the relief of Alicant, which still made a very vigorous desence. It is faid Admiral Byng will be at the head of that expedition. The King of Denmark was gone from Leghorn. towards Lucca,
They write from Vienna, that in case the Allies should, enter into a treaty of peace with France, Count Zinzendorf will be appointed sirst Plenipotentiary, the Count tie Goes the second, and Monsieur Van Konjhruch a third. Major General Palmes, Envoy Extraordinary from her Britannic Majesty, has been very urgent with that Court to make their utmost efforts against France the ensuing campaign, in order to oblige it to such a peace as may establish the tranquillity of Europe for the suture. <
We are also informed, that the Pope uses all imaginable shifts to elude the treaty concluded with the Emperor, and that he demanded the immediate restitution of Comacchio; insisting also, that his Imperial Majesty mould alk pardon, and desire absolution for what had formerly passed, before he wouhi solemnly acknowledge King Charles. But this was utterly resused.
They hear at Vienna, by letters from Constantinople, dated the twenty-second of February last, that on the twelfth of that month the Grand Seignior took occasion, at the celebration of the festivals of the Muffulmen, to set all the Christian staves which were in the galleys at liberty. <
Advices from Switzerland import, that the preachers of the county of Tockenburg continue to create new jealousies of the Protestants; and seme disturbances lately happened there on that account. The Protestants and Papists in the town of Hamman go to divine service one after another in the fame church, as is usual in many parts of Switzerland; but on Sunday the tenth instant, the Popish Curate, having ended his service, attempted to hinder the Protestants from entering into the church according to custom; but the Protestants briskly attacked him and his party, and broke into it by force.
Last night between seven and eight, his Grace the Duke of MarlboTougb arrived at Court.
C 6 From. From ray own Apartment, April 22.
The present great Captains of the age, the Duke of" Harlborougb and Prince Eugene, having been the subjedfc *4 the discourse of the last company I was in; it ha* saturally led me into a consideration of Alexander and' Cæsar, the two greatest names that ever appeared before' this century. In order to enter into their characters,, tftere needs no more but examining their behaviour in parallel circumstances. ' It must be allowed, that they had an equal greatness of Soul; but Cæsar's was more eerrected' and allayed by a mixture of prudence and circumspection. This is seen conspicuously in one particular in their histories, wherein they seem to have shewrr •xactly the difference of trreir tempers. When Jlexamdtr, after a long course of victories, would still have led his soldiers farther from home, they unanimously resused* lo follow him. We meet with the like behaviour in Cæsar's army in the midst of his march against Aricniifius. £et us therefore observe the conduct of our two Generals in so nice an affair: And here we sind Alexander ar the head of bis army, upbraiding them with their cowardice, and meanness of spirit; and in the end telling diem plainly, he would go forward himself, though nor x man followed him. This shewed indeed an excessive bravery; but how would the Commander have come off; if the speech had not succeeded, and the soldiers had. taken him at his word? the project seems of a piecewith Mr. Bays's in the Rehearsal, who, to gain a clap in? his Prologue, comet out with a terrible'sellow in a surcap following him, and tells his audience, if they would* Bot like his play, he wtu'd lie down and' have his heads struck ofE W this gained a clap, all was well; but if" not, there was nothing left but for the executioner to do his ofsice. But C/esar would not leave the success of hist speech to such uncertain events: He shews his men the unreasonableness of their sears in an obliging manner,, and concludes, that if none else would march alongwith him, he would go himself with the tenth legion, for he was assured of their sidelity and valour, though alt 4h« rest forsook htm; n»t but that,, in all probability;
they; they were as much against the march as the rest. The result of all was very natural: The tenth legion, sired* with the praises of their General, sends thanks to him for the just opinion he entertains of them; and the restr ashamed to be outdone, assure him, that they are ready to follow where he pleases to lead them, as any other part of the army.
N° 7. Tuesday, April 26, 1709.
"TT is so just an'observation, that mocking is catch** JL >ng, that I am become an unhappy instance of it; '* and am (in the fame manner that 1 have represented' ** Mr. Partridge) myself a dying man, in comparison of ** the vigour with which I sirst set out in the world. "Had it been otherwise, you may be sure I would nor '* have pretended to have given for News, as I, did last '* Saturday, a diary of the siege of Trey; But man is a"creature very inconsistent with' himself: The greatest" "Heroes are sometimes searsul; the sprightliest Wit* "at some hours dull; and the greatest Politicians on"some occasions whimsical. But I shall not pretend to* "palliate or excuse the matter; for I sind, by a calcu"lation of my own nativity, that I cannot hold out "with'any tolerable wit longer than two minutes after "twelve of the clock at night, between the eighteenth <* and nineteenth of the next month: for which space "of time you may still expect to hear from me, but no "longer; except you will transmit to me the occur"rences you meet with relating to your amours,, or any "other subject within the rules- by which I have pro"posed to walk. If any Gentleman or Lady sends ter
* Isaac Bickerftajs, Esq;- at Mr. Morphews, near Sta** tioners-Hall, by the penny-post, the grief or joy of
* their soul, what they think sit of the matter (hall be related in colours asmuch to their advantage, as those
**' ia which Gervajt hat drawn the agreeable Cblae. Bur
"sincej, *' since, without such assistance, I frankly consess, and "am sensible, that I have not a month's wit more, I "think I ought, while I am in my sound health and "senses, to make my Will and Testament; which I do "in manner and form following:
"Imprimis, I give to the Stock-jobbers about the "Exchange of London, as a security for the trusts daily "reposed in them, all my real estate; which I do here"„by vest in the faid body of worthy citizens for ever.
"Item, Forasmuch as it is very hard to keep land in *' repair without ready cast), I do, out of my personal "estate, bestow the bear skin, which I have frequently "lent to several societies about this town, to supply "their necessities; I fay, I give also the faid bear-foin, "as aa immediate sund to the faid citizens for ever. - " Item, I do hereby appoint a certain number of the "faid citizens to take all the custom-house or customary M oaths concerning all goods imported by the whole "city; strictly directing, that some select members, "and not the whole number of a Body corporate, should "be perjured.
"Item, 1 forbid all N s and persons of ty
"to watch bargains near and about the Exchange, to ** the diminution and wrong of the faid Stock-jobbers.
"Thus far, in as brief and intelligible a manner as "any Will can appear, until it is explained by the "Learned, I have disposed of my real and personal "estate: But as I am an Adept, I have by birth an ** equal right to give also an indeseasible'title to my en*' dowments and qualisications, which 1 do in the fol"lowing manner.
"Item, I give my Chastity to all virgins who have *' withstood their market.
"Item, I give my Courage among all who are a"shamed of their distressed friends, all sneakers in as"semblies, and men who soew valour in common "converfation.
"Item, I give my Wit (as rich men give to the rich) "among such as think they have enough already. And "in case they shall not accept of the legacy, I give it *' to Bentitiolio, to desend his Works, from time to *' time, as he stiall think sit to publish them.
"Item, I bestow my Learning upon the honorary "members of the Royal Society.".
Now for the dispofal of this Body.
"AS these eyes must one day cease to gaze on Tera~ "minta, and this heart shall one day pant no more for "her indignation : that is to fay, since this body must "be earth, I shall commit it to the dust in a manner "suitable to my character. Therefore, as there are "those who dispute, whether there is any such real "person as Isaac Bickerstaff, or not i I shall excuse all "persons who appear what they realty are, from com"ing to my suneral. But all those ttho are, in their "way of lise, Persona', as the Latins iave it, persons "assumed, and who appear what they really are not, "are hereby invited to that solemnity.
"The Body shall be carried by six watchmen, who *- are never seen in the day.
"Item, The Pall shall be held up by the six most "known pretenders to honesty, wealth, and power, "who are not possessed of any of them. The two sirst, "a.Half-lawyer, a compleat Justice. The two next, a "Chymist, a Projector. The third couple, a Trea"sury-Sollicitor, and a small Courtier.
"To make my suneral (what that solemnity, when "done to common men, really is in itself) a very farce; "and since all Mourners are mere Actors on these occa"sions, I ssiall desire those who are prosessedly such to attend mine. I humbly therefoie beseech Mrs. Barry "to act once more, and be my widow. When she '5 swoons away at the church-porch, I appoint the mer." ry Sir John Falftaff, and the gay Sir Harry Wildair* "to support her. 1 desire Mr. Pinkethmart to follow ." in the habit of a Cardinal, and Mr. Bullock in that of "a Privy-Counsellor. To make up the rest of the ap"pearance, I desire all the Ladies from the balconies "to weep with Mrs. Barry, as they hope to be wives "and widows themselves. I invite all, who have nothing "else to do, to accept of gloves and scarves.
"Thus, with the great Charles V. of Spain, I re* "sign the glories of this transitory world: Yet, at the -" fame time, to shew you my indifference, and that my "' desires are not too much sixed upon any thing, I own