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M to you; I am as willing to stay as to go: Therefore leave it in the choice of my gentle readers, whether ** I fiiall hear from them, or they hear no more from ** me."

White's Chocolate-house, April 2^.

EASTER day being a time when you cannot well meet with any but humble adventures; and there being such a thing as low Gallantry, as well as low Comedy, Colonel Ramble and myself went early this morninto into the sields, which were strewed with fhepherds and shepherdesses, but indeed of a different turn from the simplicity of those of Arcadia. Every hedge was conscious of more than what the representations of enamoured swains admit of. While we were surveying the' croud around us, we faw at a distance a company-coming towards Pancras Church; but though there was not much disorder, we thought we faw the sigure of a manstuck through with a sword, and at every step ready tO' fall,, if a woman by his side had not supported him; the rest followed two and two. When we came nearer this appearance, who should it be but Monsieur Guardeloop, mine and Ramble's Frtnch Taylor, attended by others,, leading one of Madam Dupingle's maids to the church, in order to their espoufals. It was his sword tucked so high above his waist, and the circumflex which persons ef his prosession take in their walking, that made him appear at a distance wounded and falling. But the morning being rainy, methought the march to this wedding was but too lively a picture of wedlock itself. They seemed both to have a month's mind to make the test of their way single; yet both tugged arm in arm :. And when they were in a dirty way, he was but deeper in the mire, by endeavouring to pull out his companion,, and yet without helping her. The Bridegroom's seathers in his hat all drooped, one of his shoes had lost an. Beel. In short,- he was in his whole person and dress fa •xtremely soused, that there did not appear one inch or ingle thread about him unmarried. Pardon me, that tie melancholy object still dwells upon me so far, as to seduce me to punning. However,, we attended then* to the chapel, where we stayed to hear the irrevocablewords pronounced upon our old servant, and made the best of our way to town. I took a resolution to forbear all married persons, or any in danger of being such, for four and twenty hours at least; therefore dressed, and went to visit Florimel, the vainest thing in town, where I knew would drop in Colonel Picket, just come from* the camp, her prosessed admirer. He is of that order of men who has much honour and merit, but withal a Coxcomb; the other of that set of semales, who has innocence and wit, but the sirst of Coquets. It is easy to believe, these must be admirers of each other. She fays, the Colonel rides the best of any man in England: The: Colonel fays, she talks the best of any woman. At the some time, he understands wit just as (he does horsemanship. You are to know, these extraordinary persons see each other daily; and they themselves, as well as the town, think it will be a match: But it can never happen that they can come to the point; for instead of addressing to each other, they spend their whole time irk reports of themselves: He is fatissied if he can convince her he is a sine Gentleman* and a man of consequence^ and shc, in appearing to h;:n an accomplished Lady and a Wit, without further design. Thus he tells her of his manner of posting his men at such a pass, with' the numbers he commanded on that detachment: She tells him, how she was dressed on such a day at Court,, and what offers were made her the week following. She seems to hear the repetition of his mens names with admiration, and waits only to answer him with as false a muster of lovers. They talk to each other not to be informed, but approved. Thus they are so like, that they ate to be ever distant, and the parrallel lines may ran together for ever, but never meet.

Will's Coffee-house, April 25.

This evening the Comedy, called Epsom Wells, wa* acted for the benesit of Mr. Bullock, who, though he i» a person of much wit and ingenuity, has a peculiar talent of looking like a fool, and therefore excellently well qualisied for the part of Bijket in this Play. I

cannot cannot indeed sufficiently admire his way of bearing a beating, as he does in this drama, and that with such a natural air and propriety of folly, that one cannot help wishing the whip in one's own hand; so richly does he seem to deserve his chastisement. Skilsul Actors think it a very peculiar happiness to play in a scene with such as top their parts. Therefore I cannot but fay, when the judgment of any good author directs him to write a beating for Mr. Bullock from Mr. William Pinkethman, or for Mr. William Pinkethman from Mr. Bullock, those excellent players seem to be in their most shining circumstances, and please me more, but with a different sort of delight, than that which I receive from those grave scenes of Brutus and CaJJius, or Anthony and Ventidius. The whole comedy is very just, and the low part of human lise represented with much humour and wit.

- St. James's Coffee-house, April' 25.

We are advised from Vienna, by letters of the twentieth instant, that the Emperor hath lately added twenty new members to his Council of State, but they have not yet taken their places at the board. General Thaun is returned from Baden, his health being so well re-established by the baths of that place, that he designs to set out next week for Twin, to his command of the imperial troops in the service of the Duke of Savoy. Hi* Imperial Majesty has advanced his brother, Count Henry Thaun, to be a brigadier, and a counsellor of the Aulic council of war. These letters import, That King Stanislaus and the Swedijh General Craffau are directing their march to the Nieper, to join the King of Sweden's army in Ukrania; That the States of Austria have surnished Marshal Heister with a considerable sum of money, to enable him to push on the war vigorously in Hungary, where all things as yet are in persect tranquillity: And that General Thungen has been very importunate for a speedy reinforcement of the forces on the Upper Rhine, representing at the fame time what miseries the inhabitants must necessarily undergo, if the

designs designs of France on those parts be not speedily and effectually prevented.

Letters from Rome, dated the thirteenth instant, fay, that on the preceding Sunday his Holiness was carried in an open chair from St. Peter's to St. Mary's, attended by the facred College, in cavalcade; and after Mass distiibuted several doweries for the marriage of poor and distressed virgins. The proceedings of that Court are very dilatory concerning the recognition of King Charles, notwithstanding the pressing instances of the Marquis de Prie, who has declared, that if this assail? be not wholly concluded by the sifteenth instant, he will retire from that Court, and order the imperial troops to return into the Ecclesiastical State. On the other hand, the Duke of Anjou's Minister has, in the name of his Master, demanded of his Holiness to explain himself on that affair; which, it is faid, will be sinally determined in a consistory to be held on Monday, next; tbe Duke d'Uzeda designing to delay his departure until he sees the issue. These letters also fay, that the Court was mightily alarmed at the news which they received by an express from Ferrara, that General Bone'ual, who commands in Comacchio, had sent circular letters to the inhabitants of St. Alberto, Longastrino, Fills, and other adjacent parts, enjoining them to come and swear sealty to the Emperor, and receive new investitures of their siess from his hands. Letters from other parts of Italy fay, that the King of Denmark continues at Lucca; that sour Englijh and Dutch men of war were seen off of Oneglia, bound sor Final, in order to transport the troops designed for Barcelona; and that her Majesty's ship the Colchester arrived at Leghorn the sourth instant from Pcrt-Mahon, with advice, that Major General Stanhope designed to depart from thence the sirst instant with six or seven thoufand men, to attempt the relief of the castle of Alicant.

Our last advices from Berlin, bearing date the twentyseventh instant, import, that the King was gone to Linum, and the Queen to Mecklenburg; but that their Majesties designed to return the next week to Oranienburg, where a great chace of wild beasts was prepared sor their diversion, and from thence they intend to proceed

together together to Potsdam; that the Prince Royal was set out for Brabant, but intended to make some short stay at Hanover. These letters also inform us, that they are advised from Obory, that the King of Sweden, being on his march towards Holki, met General Rcnne with a detachment of Muscovites, who, placing some regiments in ambuscade, attacked the Swedes in their rear, and putting them to flight, killed two thoufand men, the King himself having his horse shot under him.

We hear from Copenhagen, that the ice being broke, the Sound is again open for the ships; and that they hoped his Majesty.would return sooner than they at sirst expected.

Letters from the Hague, dated May the fourth N. S. fay, that an express arrived there on the sirst, from Prince Eugene to his Grace the Duke of Marlborough. The States are advised, that the auxiliaries of Saxony were arrived on the frontiers of the United Provinces; as also, that the two regiments of Wolfembuttel, and four thoufand troops from Wirtemberg, who are to serve in Flanders, are in sull march thither. Letters from Flanders fay, that the great convoy of ammunition and provisions, which set out from Ghent for Lijle, was fasely arrived at Courtray. We hear from Paris, that the King has ordered the militia on the coast of Normandy and Bretagne to be in readiness to march; and that the Court was in apprehension of a descent, to animate the people to rise in the midst of their present hardships.

They write from Spain, that the Pope's Nuncio left Madrid the tenth of April, in order to go to Bayonne; that the Marquis de Bay was at Badajos to observe the motions of the Portuguexe; and that the Count d'Efiain, with a body of sive thoufand men, was on his march to attack Gironne. The Duke of Anjou has deposed the Bishop of Lerida, as being a favourer of the interest of King Charles, and has summoned a convocation at Madrid* composed of the.Archbishops, Bishops, and States of that kingdom, wherein he hopes they will come to 2 resolution to send for no more Bulls to Rome.


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