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hypocrisy and disguise of those, who have no pretence to virtue themselves, but by their severity to the vicious.. The same Verus was, in times long past, Chief Justice (as we call it amongst us) in Felicia. He was a man of profound knowledge of the laws of his country, and as just an observer of them in his own person. He confidered justice as a cardinal virtue, not as a trade for maintenance. Wherever he was Judge, he never forgot that he was also Counsel. The criminal before him was always sure he stood before his country, and, in a fort, the parent of it. The prisoner knew, that though his spirit was broken with guilt, and incapable of language to defend itself, all would be gathered from hima which could conduce to his fafety; and that his Judge would wrest no law to destroy him, nor conceal any that could save him. In his time there was a nest of pretenders to justice, who happened to be employed, o put things in a method for being examined before hina at his usual sessions : These animals were to Verus, as monkies are to men, so like, that you can hardly disown them ; but so base, that you are ashamed of their fraternity. It grew a phrase, “ Who would do justice 66 on the justices?” that certainly would Verus. I have feen an old trial where he sat Judge on two of them ; one was called Trick-Track, the other Tearshift : Orie was a learned judge of Tharpers, the other the quickelt of all men at finding out a wench. Trick-Track never spared a pick-pocket, but was a companion to Cheats : Tearshift would make compliments to wenches of Quality,, but certainly commit poor ones. If a poor rogue wanted a lodging, Trick-Track sent him to gaol for an thief: If a poor whore went only with one thin petti. coat, Tearsoift would imprison her for being loose ir her dress. These patriots infested the days of Werus, while they alternately committed and released each others prisoners. But Verus regarded them as criminals, and always looked upon men as they stood in the eye of justice, without respecting whether they far on the Bench, or stood at the Bar.
Will's Coffee house, May 16." Yefterday we were entertained with the Tragedy of The Earl of Efex; in which there is not one good line, and yet à Play which was never seen without drawing tears from some part of the audience: A remarkable inItance that the Soul is not to be moved by words, but things; for the incidents in this Drama are laid toge.
ther so happily, that the spectator makes the Play for ; himself, by the force which the circumstance has upon
his imagination. Thus, in spite of the most dry, discourses, and expressions almost ridiculous with respect to propriety, it is impoflible for one unprejudiced to see it, untouched with piry. I must confess, this effect is not wrought on such as examine why they are pleased ; but it never fails to appear on those who are not too learned In Nature, to be moved by her first fuggestions. It is certain, the person and behaviour of Mr. Wilks has no small share in conducing to the popularity of the Play ; and when an handsome fellow is going to a more coarse Exit than beheading, his shape and countenance make every Tender One reprieve him with all her heart, without waiting until the hears his dying words.
This evening, The Alchymist was played. This comedy is an example of Ben Jobnson's extensive genius, and penetration into the passions and follies of mankind. The scene in the fourch Act, where all the cheated people oppose the man that would open their eyes, has something in it fo inimitably excellent, that it is certainly a's great a master-piece as has ever appeared by any hand. The Author's great address in Thewing covetousness, the motive of the actions of the Puritan, the Epicure, the Gamefter, and the Trader; and that all their endeavours, how differently foever they seem to tend, center only in that one point of gain, shews he had, to a great perfection, that discernment of spirit which constitutes a genius for Comedy,
1. White's Chocolate-house, May u. .
It is not to be imagined, how far the violence of our defires will carry us towards our own deceis in the pure fuit of what we wish for. A Gentleman here this evening was giving me an account of a dumb Fortune-teller, who out-does Mr. Partridge, myself, or the Unborn Doctor, for predictions ; all his visitants come to him full of expectations, and pay his own rate for the interpretations they put upon his shrugs and nods. There is a fine rich City-widow stole thither the other day, (though it is not fix weeks, fince her husband's depar. iare from her company to rest) and with her trusty maid. demanded of him, whether the should marry again, by holding up two fingers, like horns on her forehead. The wizard held up both his hands forked. The Reliet defired to know, whether he ineant by his holding up both hands, to represent that the had one husband before, and that she should have another ? Or that he intimated, the should have two more? The Cunning man looked a little four, upon which Betty jogged her mistress, who gave the other guinea; and he made her understand, she should pofitively have two more ; but shaked his head, and hinted that they should not live long with her. The widow fighed, and gave him the other half-guinea. After this prepoffeffion, all that she had next to do was to make fallies to our end of the town, and find out who it is her fate to have. There are two who frequent this place, whom she takes to be men of vogue, and of whom her imagination has given her the choice. They have both the appearances of fine Gentlemen, to such as do not know when they fee perfons of that turn; and indeed, they are induftrious enough to come at that character, to deferve the reputation of being such. But this town will not allow us to be the things we seem to aim at, and is too discerning to be fobbed off with pretences. One of these pretty fellows fails by his laborious exa&tness; the other, by his as much studied negligence. Frank Careless, as soon as his 'valet has helped on and adjusted his clothes, goes to his glass, fets his wig awry, tumbles his cravat; and, in fhort, undresses himself to go into company. Will Nice is so little satisfied with his dress, that all the time he is at a visit, he is ftill mending it, and is for that reafon the more insufferable ; for he who studies carelessness has, at least, his work the sooner done of the two. The Widow is distracted whom to take for her first man; for Nice is every way so careful, that she fears his length of days; and Frank is fo loose, that she has apprehensions for her own health with him. I am puzzled how to give a just idea of them; but, in a word, Careless is a Coxcomb, and Nice a Fop: Both, you will say, very hope. ful candidates for a gay woman just set at liberty. But there is a whisper, her maid will give her to Tom Terror the gamester. This fellow has undone so many women, that he will certainly succeed if he is introduced; for nothing so much prevails with the vain part of that sex, , as the glory of deceiving them who have deceived others.
Defunt multa. St. James's Coffee-house, May 11. Letters from Berlin, bearing date May the eleventh, N. S. inform us, that the birth-day of her Pruffian Mar jefty has been celebrated there with all possible magnificence; and the King made her, on that occasion, a present of jewels to the value of thirty thousand crowns. The Marquis de Quefne, who has distinguished himself by his great zeal for the Protestant intereft, was, at the time of the dispatch of these letters, at that Court, foliciting the King to take care, that an article in behalf of the Refugees, admitting their return to France, should be inserted in the treaty of peace. They write from Hanover, of the fourteenth, that his Electoral Highness had received an express from Count Merci, representing how necessary it was to the common cause, that he would please to haiten to the Rhine; for that nothing but his presence could quicken the measures towards bringing the imperial army into the field. There are very many fpeculations upon the intended interview of the King of Denmark and King Auguftus. The latter has made fuch preparations for the reception of the other, that it is faid, his Danis Majesty will be entertained in Saxony. with much more elegance than he met with in Italy itself
Letters from the Hague, of the eighteenth inftant, N. S. fay, that his Grace the Duke of Marlborough
landed the night before at the Brill, after having been kept out at sea, by adverse winds, two days longer than is usual in that passage. His Excellency the Lord Townshend, her Majesty's embassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the States General, was driven into the Veer in Zealand on Thurfday laft, from whence he came to the Hague within few hours after the arrival of his Grace. The Duke, soon after his coming to the Hague, had a visit from the Pensioner of Holland. All things relating to the peace were in suspence until this interview; nor is it yet known what resolutions will be taken on that subject; for the troops of the Allies have fresh orders dispatched to them, to move from their respective quarters, and march with all expedition to the frontiers, where the enemy are making their utmost efforts for the defence of their country. These advices further inform us, that the Marquis de Torcy had received an answer from the Court of France, to his letters which he had sent thither by an express on the Friday before.
" Mr. Bickerstaff has received letters from Mr. Colt. .$ ftaff, Mr. Wbipiaff, and Mrs. Rebecca Wagstaff; all ,“ which relate chiefly to their being first left out in the ge" nealogy of the family lately publidhed; but my cousin 66 who writ that draught, being a clerk in the Herald's « Office, and being at present under the displeasure of the 56 Chapter; it is feared, if that matter should be touched -66 upon at this time, the young Gentleman would lose
« his place for treason against the King at Arms."
T HAVE taken a resolution hereafter, on any want of
intelligence, to carry my Familiar abroad with me, who has promised to give me very proper and just notices of persons and things, to make up the history of