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ears; but it had indeed cost him an hundred pounds to hush the affair.
The Greenbats are a family with small voices and short arms, therefore they have power with none but their friends: They never, call after those who run away from them, or pretend to take hold of you, if you resist. But it has been remarkable, that all who have shunned their company, or not listened to them, have fallen into the hands of such as have knocked out their brains, or broken their bones. I have looked over our pedigree upon the receipt of this epistle, and find the Greenbats are a-kin to the Staffs. They descend from Maudlin, the left-handed wife of Nebemiah Bickerflaff, in the reign of Harry the Second. And it is remarkable, that they are . all left-handed, and have always been very expert at single rapier. A man must be very much used to their play to know how to defend himself, for their posture is so different from that of the right-handed, that you run upon their swords if you push forward; and they are in with you, if you offer to fall back without keeping your guard.
There have been also Letters lately sent to me which relate to other people: Among the rest, some whom I have heretofore declared to be so, are deceased. I must not therefore break through rules so far, as to speak ill of the Dead. This maxim extends to all but the late Partridge, who still denies bis death. I am informed indeed by several, that he walks; but I shall with all convenient speed lay him.
St. James's Coffee house, Augvst 24.
We hear from Tcurnay, that on the night between the twenty-second and twenty-third, they went on with their works in the enemy's mines, and levelled the earth which was taken out of them. The next day, at eight in the morning, when the French observed we were relieving our trenches, they sprung a larger mine than any they had sired during the siege, which killed only four private centinels. The ensuing night we had three men, and two Officers killed, as also seven men wounded. Between the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth, we repaired
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'some works which the enemy had ruined. On the next day, some of the enemy's magazines blew up; and it is thought they were destroyed on purpose by some of their .men, who are impatient of the hardships of the present service. There happened nothing remarkable for two ■or three days following. A deserter, who came out of •the citadel on the twenty-seventh, says the garrison is brojght to the utmost necessity; that their bread and ■water are both very bad: And that they were reduced to eat horse flesh. The manner of fighting in this siege has discovered a gallantry in our men unknown to former ages; their meetiug with adverse parties underground, ■where every step is taken with apprehensions of being blown up with mines below them, or crushed by the fall of the earth above them, and all -this acted in darkness, has something in it more terrible .than ever is met with in any other part of a soldier's duty. However, this is performed with great chearfulness. in other parts of the war we have also good prospects: Count TJtuun has taken Annecy, and she Count dt Merci marched into Franibe CompLe, while his Electoral Highness is much superior in number to Monsieur d'Harcsuit; so that both on the sid-e of Savoy and Germany, we have reason to expect very suddenly some great event.
N° 60. Saturday, August 27, 1709.
White's Chocolate-house, August 26.
TO proceed regularly in the history of my Worthies, I ought to give an account of what has passed from day to day in this place; but a young fellow of my acquaintance has so lately been rescued out of the hands of the Knights of the Industry, that I rather chuse to relate the manner of his escape from them, and the uncommon way which was used to reclaim him, than to go on in my intended diary.'
You are to ltnow then, that Tom Wtldair is a student of the Inner Tample, and has spent his time, since he left the University for that place, in the common diversions, of men of faihion; that is to fay, in whoring, drinking, and gaming. The two former vices he had from his father; but was led into the last by the conversation of a partizan of the Myrmidons, who had chambers near him. His allowance from his father was a very plentiful one for a man of fense, but as scanty for a modern fine Gentleman. His frequent losses had reduced him to so necessitous a condition, that his lodgings were always haunted by impatient creditors; and all his thoughts employed in contriving low methods, to support himself in a way of life from which he knew not how to retreat, and in which he wanted means to proceed. There is never wanting some good-natured person to send a man an account of what he has no mind to hear; therefore many epistles were conveyed to the father of this Extra* vagant, to inform him of the company, the pleasures', the distresses, and entertainments, in which his son passed his time. The old fellow received these advices with all the pain of a parent, but frequently consulted his pillow to know how to behave himself on such important occasions, as the welfare of his son, and the safety of his fortune. After many agitations of mind, he reflected, that necessity was the usual snare which made men fall into meanness and that a liberal fortune generally made a liberal and honest mind; he resolved therefore to savfc him from his ruin, by giving him opportunities of tailing what it is to be at ease, and enclosed to him tie following order upon Sir Tristram Cajb.
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"Pray pay to Mr. Thomas Wildair, Ot order, the si tn "of one thousand pounds, and place it to the account of
Yours, Humphry l-f'ildair.
Tom Was so astonished at the receipt of this order, that though he knew it to be his father's hand, and that he had always large sums at Sir Tristram's; yet a thousand P 2 pour, f pounds was a trust of which his conduct had always made him appear so little capable, that he kept his note by him, until he writ to his father the following Letter:
** T Have received an order under your hand for a "X thousand pounds, in words at length; and 1 think "I could swear it is your own hand. I have looked it "over and over twenty thousand times. There is in "plain letters, T,h,o,u,s,a,n,di and after it, the let"ters P,o,u,n,d,s. I have it still by me, and (hall, I «« believe, continue reading it until I hear from you."
The old Gentleman took no manner of notice of the .receipt of his letter; but sent him another order for three thousand pounds more. His amazement on this second letter was unspeakable. He immediately doublelocked his door, and fat down carefully to reading and comparing both his orders. After he had read them until he was half mad, he walked fix or seven turns in liis chamber, then opens his door, then locks it again; and to examine thoroughly this matter, he locks his door again, puts his table and chairs against it; then goes into his closet, and locking himself in, read his notes over again about nineteen times, which did but increase his astonishment. Soon after, he began to re. collect many stories he had formerly heard of persons, who had been possessed with imaginations and appearances which had no foundation in Nature, but had been taken with sudden madness in the midst of a seeming clear and untainted reason. This made him very gravely conclude he was out of his wits; and with a design to compose himself, he immediately betakes him to his night-cap, with a resolution to sleep himself into his former poverty and fenses. To bed therefore he goes at noon-day; but soon rose again, and resolved to visit Sir Tristram upon this occasion. He did so, and dined with the Knight, expecting he would mention some advice from his father about paying him money; but no such thing being said, Look you, Sir Tristram, said he, you are to know, that an affair has happened, which—
Look Look you, says Tristram, I know, Mr. Wddair, you are going to desire me to advance; but the late call of the Bank, where I have not yet made my last payment, has
obliged me Tern interrupted him, by (hewing him
the bill of a thousand pounds. When he had looked at it for a convenient time, and as often surveyed Tom'i looks and countenance;' Look you, Mr. Wiliair, a
thousand pounds Before he could proceed, he stiews
him the order for three thousand more Sir Tristram
examined the orders at the light, and finding at the writing the name, there was a certain stroke in one let* ter, which the father and he had agreed mould be to such directions as he desired might be more immediately honoured, he forthwith pays the money. The possession of four thousand pounds gave my young Gentleman a mew train of thoughts: He began to reflect upon his birth, the great expectations he was born to, and the unsuitable ways he had long pursued. Instead of that unthinking creature he was before, he is now provident, generous, and discreet. The father and son have an exact and regular correspondence, with mutual and unreserved confidence in each other. The son looks upon his father as the best tenant he could have in. the country, and the father finds the son the most safe banker he could have in the city.
mil's Coffee-house, August 26.
There is not any thing in Nature so extravagant, but that you will find one man or other that sliafi practise or maintain it; otherwise Harry Spondee could not have made so long an harangue as he did here this evening, concerning the force and efficacy of well-applied Nonsense. Among Ladies, he positively averred it was the most prevailing part of eloquence; and had so little complaisance as to fay, a woman is never taken by her reason, but always by her passion. He proceeded to assert, the way to move that, was only to astonish her. I know, continued he, a very late instance of this; for being by accident in the room next to Strepbon, I could not help over-hearing him as he made Love to a certain great Lady's woman. The true method in your appliD 3 cation