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ficult road, arrived first before that town, which they have now actually invested; and the Quarter-master General was, at the time of dispatching these letters, marking the ground for the encampment of the covering army.

To the Booksellers, or others whom this advertisement.. may concern.

"Mr. Omicron, the unborn Poet, gives notice, that "he writes all treatises, as well in verse as prose, being "a ninth son, and translates out of languages, with•« out learning or study.

"If any Bookseller will treat for his Pastoral on the "siege and surrender of the citadel of Tournay, he must "send in his proposals before the news of a capitulation "for any other town.

"The undertaker for either play-house may have "an Opera written by him; or, if it shall suit. their «' design, a satire upon Opera's; both ready for next "winter.

"This is to giye notice, that Richard Farloe, M. A. "well known for his acuteness in dissection of dead bo"dies, and his great Ikill in osteology, has now laid by "that practice; and having, by great study and much "labour, acquired the knowledge of an Antidote for "all the most common maladies of the stomach, is- re*' moved and may be applied to, at any time of the day, "in the south entrance from Newgate-street into Christ's *« hospital."

Saturday, N° 63. Saturday, September 3, 1709.

•White's Chocolate-house, September 2.

Of the enjoyment of life with regard to others.

IHave ever thought it the greatest dimunirion to the Roman glory imaginable, that in their institution of public triumphs, they led their enemies H) chains when they were prisoners. It is to be allowed, that doing all honour to the superiority of Heroes above the relt of mankind, must needs conduce to the glory-and advantage of a nation; bat what shocks the imagination to reflect upon is, that a polite people mould think it reasonable, that an unhappy man, who was no way inferior to the victor but by the chance of war, should be led like a flave at the wheels of his chariot. Indeed, these other circumstances of a triumph, That it was not allowed in a civil war, lest gart of it should be in tears, while the other was making acclamations; that it mould not be granted, except such a number were slain in battle; that the General should be disgraced who made a false muster of his dead; these, I say, had great and politic ends in their being established, and tended to the apparent benefit of the common-wealth. But this behaviour to the conquered, had no foundation >n Nature or Policy, only to gratify the insolence of an haughty people, who triumphed over barbarous nations, by acting what wag fit only for those very barbarians to practise. It seems wonderful, that they who were so refined as to take care that, to complete the honour done to the victorious officer, no power should be known above him in the empire on the day of his triumph, but that the consuls themselves mould be but guests at his table that evening, could not take it into thought to make the man of chief note among his prisoners one of the company. This

3 would would have improved the gladness of the occasion; and the victor had made a much greater figure, in that no other man appeared unhappy on his day, than because no other man appeared great.

But we will wave at present such important incidents, and turn our thoughts rather to the familiar part of human life, and we (hall find, that the great business we •contend for is in a less degree what those Romans did on .more solemn occasions, to triumph over our fellow creatures; and there is hardly a man to be found, who would not rather be in pain to appear happy, than be really happy and appear miserable. This men attempt by sumptuous equipages, splendid houses, numerous servants, and all the cares and pursuits of an ambitious or fashionable lire.

Bromeo and Tabio are particularly ill-wistiers to each other, and rivals in happiness. There is no way in nature so good to procure the«steem of the one, as to give him litt-le notices of certain secret points, wherein the other is UBeasy. Gnatbo has the {kill of doing this, and never applauds the improvements Bromeo has been many years making, and ever will be making, but he adds, •" New this very thing was my thought when Tabio was "pulling up his underwood, yet he never would hear *' of it; but now your gardens are in this posture, he is ready to hang himself. WeH, to be sincere, thaj "situation of his can never make an agreeable seat; ■*■ he may make his house and appurtenances what he "pleases, but he cannot remove them to the fame "ground where Bromeo stands; and of all things un*' der the fun, a man that is happy at second-hand is ** the most monstrous." It is a very strange madness, .answers Bromeo, if a man on these occasions can think of any end but pleasing himself. As for my part, if things are convenient, I hate all ostentation. There is no end of the folly of adapting our affairs to the imagination of others. Upon which, the next thing he does as to enlarge whatever he hears his rival has attempted to imitate ihim in; but their misfortune is, that they are in their time of life, in their estates, and in their understandings equal; so that the emulation may continue to the last day of their lives. As it stands now, Tabio has

heard, heard, that Bromto has lately purchased two hundred a year in the Annuities since he last settled the account t>f their happiness, in which he thought himself to have the balance. This may seem a very fantastical way of thinking in these men; but there is nothing so common, as a man's endeavouring rather to go further than some other person towards an easy fortune, than to form any certain standard that would make himself happy.

WilPs Coffee-house, September x.

Mr. DaSiyle has been this evening very profuse of his eloquence upon the talent of turning things into ridicule; and seemed to say very justly, that there was generally in it something too disingenuous for the society of liberal men, except it weTe governed by the circumstances of persons, time, and place. This talent, continued he, is to be used as a man does his sword, not to be drawn but in his own defence, or to bring pretenders and impostors in society to a true light. But we have seen this faculty so mistaken, that the burlesque of Virgil himself v has passed, among men of little taste, for wit; and the noblest thoughts that can enter into the heart of man levelled with ribaldry and baseness: Though by the rules of justice, no man ought to be ridiculed for any imperfection, who does not set up for eminent sufficiency in that way wherein he is defective. Thus cowards, who would hide themselves by an affected terror in their mien and dress; and pedants, who would stiew the depth of their knowledge by a supercilious gravity, are equally the objects of laughter. Not that they are in themselves ridiculous for their want of courage, or weakness of understanding; but that they seem insensible of their own place in life, and unhappily rank themselves with those, whose abilities, compared to their defects, make them contemptible.

At the fame time, it must be remarked, that risibility being the effect of reason, a man ought to be expelled from sober company, who laughs alone. Ha! ha! fays Will Truby, who fat by, will any man pretend to give me laws when I sliould laugh, or tell me what I should laugh at f Look ye, answered Humphry Slyboots, you are

mightily mightily mistaken; you may, if yon please, make what ■incise you will, and no body can hinder an Englijb Geiitleman from putting his face into what posture he thinks fit; but, take my word for it, that motion which -you Viow make with your mouth open, and the agitation of your stomach, which you relieve by holding your fides, is not laughter: Laughter is a more weighty thing than you imagine; and I will tell you a secret, yoii never did laugh in your life: and truly I am afraid you never win, except you take great care to be cured of-those convulsive fits. Trubyleft us, -and when he had got two yards from us, Well, said he, you1 are strange fellows 1 and Was immediately taken with another lit.

The Trubiei are a well-natured family, whose particular make is such, that they have the same pleasure out of good-will, which other people have in that scorn Which is the cause of laughter: Therefore their bursting into the figures of men, when laughing, proceeds Only ifrom a general benevolence they are born with; as the Slyboots smile only on the greatest occasion of mirth* which difference is caused rather from a different structure of their organs, than that one is less moved than the other. I know Sourly frets inwardly, when Will <Truby laughs at him; but when I meet him, and he bursts out, I know it is out of his abundant joy to fee me, which he expresses by that vociferation which is in others laughter. But I (hall defer considering this subject at large, until I come to my Treatise os oscitation, iaughter, aud ridicule.

From my own Apartment, Septefnier 2.

The following Letter being a panegyric upon me for "a quality which every man may attain, an acknowledgment of his faults; I thought It for the good Of my fellow-writers to publish it.

Sir,

"T T must be allowed, that Esquire Siekefftaff Is. of '* * all Authors the most ingenuous. There are few, *• very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, Vol. II, E "though

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