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“ and that I can, by casting a figure, tell you all that " will happen before it comes to pass. "
" But this last faculty I thall use very sparingly, and “ fpeak but of few things until they are passed, for fear “ of divulging matters which may offend our superiors.”.
White's Chocolate-house, April 7. . . T HE deplorable condition of a very pretty Gentle.
I man, who walks here at the hours when men of Quality first appear, is what is very much lamented. His history is, That on the ninth of September, 1705, being in his one and twentieth year, he was washing his teeth at a tavern window in Pall-Mall, when a fine equipage passed by, and in it a young Lady who looked up at him; away goes the coach, and the young Gentleman pulled off his night-cap, and instead of rubbing his gums, as he ought to do, out of the window until about four of the clock, fits him down and fpoke not a word until twelve at night; after which he began to enquire if any body knew the Lady? The company asked, What Lady? but he said no more, until they broke up at fix in the morning. All the ensuing winter he wenc from church to church every Sunday, and from play. house to play-house every night in the week ; but could never find the original of the picture which dwelt in his bosom. In a word, his attention to any thing but his paflion, was utterly gone. He has loft all the money he ever played for, and been confuted in every argument he has entered upon, fince the moment he first law, her. He is of a noble family, has naturally a very good air, and is of a frank honeft temper: But this pallion has so extremely mauled him, that his features are set and uninformed, and his whole visage is deadened, hy a long absence of thought. He never appears in any alacrity, but when raised by wine ; at which time he is sure to come hither, and throw away a great deal of wit on fellows who have no sense farther than just to observe, that our poor Lover has moft understanding when he is drunk, and is least in his senses when he is fober.
Will's Coffee-bouse, April 8. · On Thursday last was acted, for the benefit of Mr. Betterton, the celebrated comedy called Love for Love. Those excellent players, Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Bracegirdle, and Mr. Dogget, though not at present concerned in the house, acted on that occasion. There has not been known so great a concourse of persons of distinction as at that time; the stage itself was covered with Gentle. men and Ladies, and when the curtain was drawn, it discovered even there a very fplendid audience. This unusual encouragement, which was given to a Play for the advantage of so great an actor, gives an undeniable instance, that the true relish for manly entertainments and rational pleasures is not wholly loft. All the parts were acted to perfection: The actors were careful of their care riage, and no one was guilty of the affectation to infert witticisms of his own ; but a due respect was had to the audience, for encouraging this accomplished player. It is not now doubted but Plays will revive, and take their usual place in the opinion of persons of wit and merit, notwithstanding their late apostacy in favour of dress and found. This place is very much altered fince Mr. Dryden frequented it; where you used to fee Songs, Epigrams, and Satires, in the hands of every man you met, you have now only a pack of cards; and infead of the cavils about the turn of the expression, the elegance of the ftile, and the like, the Learned now dispute only about the truth of the game. But however the company is altered, all have thewn a great respect for Mr. Betterton: And the very gaming part of this house have been fo much touched with a sense of the uncertainty of human affairs, (which alter with themselves every moment) that in this Gentleman they piried Mark
Anthony of Rome, Hamlet of Denmark, Mithridates of Pontus, Theodofius of Greece, and Henry the Eighth of England. It is well known, he has been in the condition of each of those illustrious personages for several hours together, and behaved himself in those high ftations, in all the changes of the scene, with suitable digo nity. For thefe reasons, we intend to repeat this favour
to him on a proper occasion, les he, who can infroet us so well in personating feigned forrows, should be loft to us by suffering under real ones. The town is at prefent in very great expectation of seeing a comedy now in rehearsal, which is the twenty-fifth production of my honoured friend Mr. Thomas D'Urfey ; who, befides his great abilities in the dramatic, has a peculiar talent in the lyric way of writing, and that with a manner wholly new and unknown to the ancient Greeks and Romans, wherein he is but faintly imitated in the tranflations of the modern Italian Operas.
Letters from the Hague of the fixteenth say, that Ma. jor General Cadogan was gone to Brussels, with orders to disperse proper instructions for assembling the whole force of the Allies in Flanders, in the beginning of the next month. The late offers concerning peace were made in the stile of persons who think themselves upon equal terms: Bat the Allies have fo juft a sense of their present advantages, that they will not admit of a treaty, except France offers what is more suitable to her present condition. At the same time we make preparations, as if we were alarmed by a greater force than that which we are carTying into the field. Thus this poini lzems how to be argued sword in hand. This was what a great General alluded to, when being asked the names of those who were to be plenipotentiaries for the ensuing peace, he answered with a ferious air, “ There are about an hun« dred thousand of us." Mr. Kidney, 'who has the ear of the greatest politicians that come hither, tells me, there is a mail come in to-day with fetters, dated Hague, April the nineteenth N. S. which fay, a design of bringing part of our troops into the field, at the latter end of this month, is now altered to a resolution of marching towards the camp about the twentieth of the next. There happened the other day, in the road of Scheveling, an engagement between a privateer of Zeeland and one of Dunkirk. The Dunkirker, carrying thirty-three pieces of cannon; was taken and brought into the Texel. It is faid the courier of Monsieur Rouille is returned to him
'R No 1. from the Court of France. Monsieur Verdofme, being re-instated in the favour of the Duchess of Burgundy, is to command in Flanders.
Mr. Kidney added, that there were letters of the feventeenth from Ghent, which give an account, that the enemy had formed a design to furprise two battalions of the Allies which lay at Aloft: But those battalions re. ceived advice of their march, and retired to Dendermond. Lieutenant General Wood appeared on this occafon at the head of five hundred foot and one thoufand horse; upon which the enemy withdrew, without mak. ing any farther attempt.
From my own Apartment. · I am sorry I am obliged to trouble the Public with fo much discourse upon a matter which I at the very first mentioned as a trife, viz. the death of Mr. Partridge, under whose name there is an Almanack come out for the year 1709. In one page of which it is afferted by the fais John Partridge, that he is fill living, and not only so, but that he was also living some time before, and even at the instant when I writ of his death. I have in another place, and in a paper by itself, fuftici. ently convinced this man that he is dead, and, if he has any shame, I do not doubt but that by this time he owns it to all his acquaintance: For though the legs and arms and whole body of that man may still appear, and perform their animal functions ; yet fince, as I have elsewhere observed, his art is gone, the man is gone. I am, as I said, concerned, that this little mata ter should make so much noise; but since I am engaged, I take myself obliged in honour to go on in my Lucubrations, and by the help of those arts of which I am master, as well as my fill in astrological speculations, I shall, as I see occafion, proceed to confute other dead men, who pretend to be in being, that they are actually deceased. I therefore give all men fair warning to amend their manners; for I shall from time to time print bills of Mortality : and I beg the pardon of all such who shall be named therein, if they who are good for nothing hall find themselves in the number of the deceased.. ..
Thursday, April 14, 1709.
Will's Coffee-house, April 13.
T HERE has lain all this evening on the table the
I following poem. The subject of it being matter very useful for families, I thought it deserved to be confidered, and made more public. The turn the Poet gives it is very happy; but the foundation is from a real accident which happened among my acquaintance. A young Gentleman of a great estate fell desperately in love with a great Beauty of very high quality, but as ill-natured as long flattery and an habitual self-will could make her. However, my young Spark ventures upon her liko a man of quality, without being acquainted with her, or having ever faluted her until it was a crime to kiss any woman else. Beauty is a thing which palls with poffeflion ; and the charms of this Lady foon wanted the fupport of good humour and complacency of manners. Upon this, my Spark flies to the bottle for relief from his satiety. She disdains him for being tired with that for which all men envied him; and he never came home, but it was-"Was there no Sot that would stay longer " would any man living but you did I leave all * the world for this usage?" to which he "Madam, “ split me, you are very impertinent!” In a word, this · match was wedlock in its moft, terrible appearances.
She, at last weary of railing to no purpose, applies to a good uncle, who gives her a bottle, he pretended he had bought of a conjurer. This, said he, I gave ten guineas for. The Virtue of the inchanted Liquor (said he that sold it) is such, that if the woman you marry proves a scold, (which, it seems, my dear niece, is your misfortune; as it was your good mother's before you) let her hold three spoonfuls in her mouth for a full half hour after you come home-But I find I am not in hu