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"And half a chaldron to every one that shall not. «« poll against htm.
<< And the remainder to be laid out in a clock, diat„ "or otherwise, as the common-cotmcil-mea of the soiol "ward shall think fit.
"And if any person shall refuse to take the said coal* « to himself, he may affign the same to any poor elector* •* in the ward.
** 1 do acknowledge to have received the said four hundred and fifty pounds, /or the purposes *' above-mentioned, for which 1 have given a "receipt.
Witness, J s H 1,
J y G h, J—n M-j.
£ dD 1.
"N. B. Whereas several persons have already engaged ** to poll for Sir Humphry Greenhat, it is hereby farther "declared, that every such person as doth poll for Sir "Humphry Greenhat, and doth also poll for Sir Arthur "de Bradly, shall -each of them receive a chaldron of ** coals gratis, on the provifio above-mentioned."
This is certainly the most plain dealing that ever wa» used, except that the just quantity which an elector may drink without excess, and the difference between an acknowledgment and a bribe, wants explanation. Another difficulty with me is, how a man who is bargained with, for a chaldron of coals for his vote, shall be (aid to have that chaldron gratis? If my kinsman Greenhat had given, me the least intimation of his design, I should have prevented his publishing nonsense; nor should any knight in England have put my relation at the bottom of the leaf as a postscript, when after all it appears Greenhat has been the more popular man. There is here such open contradiction, and clumsy art to palliate the matter, and prove^to the people, that the freedom of election is safer when laid out in coals than strong drink, that I can ,turn this only to a religious use, and admire the dispensation of things; for if these fellows were as wife as they are rich, where would be our Kberty? This reminds me of a memorable speech made to a city almost in the same Latitude with Westminster: " When I think "of yourwisdom, I admire your wealth; when I think «* of your wealth, I admire your wisdom."
N° 74. Thursday, September, 29, 1709.
White!i Chocolate-house, September 2$,
TH E writer of the following Letter has made art use of me, which I did not foresee I sliould fait into. But the Gentleman having assured me that he has a most tender paffion for the fair one, and speaking his intention with so much sincerity, I am willing to let them contrive an interview by my mean*.
S t R,
** % Earnestly intreat you to publisli the inclosed; for "Jt I have no other way to comp at her, or return to myself.
P. S. Mr. BlKERSTAPF,
"You cannot imagine how handsome (he is: The "superscription of my letter will make her recollect the ** map that gazed at her. Pray put it in."
I can assure the young Lady, the Gentleman is in the true trammels of love: How else would he make his superscription fo very much longer than his billet? he superscribes;
"To the younger of the two ladies in mourning "(who fat in the hindmost feat of the middle box at
"Mr. "Mr-. Winstanley's water-works on Tuesday was fort
"night, and had with them a brother, or some ac
"quaintance that was as careless of that pretty crea
"ture as a brother; which seeming brother ushered
"them to their coach) with great respect. Present."
"T Have a very good estate, and wish myself your "A husband: Let me know by this way where you,. "live ;• for I (hall be miserable until we live together.
This is th*e modern way of bargain and sale ; a certain Ihort-hand writing, in which Laconic elder brothers are very successful. AU my fear is, that the nymph's elder sister is unmarried; if she is, we are undone: but perhaps the careless fellow was her husband, and then (he. will let us go on.
From my own Apartment, September 28*
The following Letter has given me a new fense of th« nature of my Writings. I have the deepest regard to conviction, and (hall never act against it. However, I1 do not yet understand what good man he thinks I have injured: But his epistle has such weight in it, that I, shall always have respect for his admonition, and desire the continuance of it: I am not conscious that I have spoke any faults a man may not mend if he pleases.
Mr. BickerstaF.f, Sept. 2J,
'* TT7HEN I read your paper of Thursday, I was i> YV surprized to find mine of the thirteenth insert"ed at large; I never intended myself or you a second. "trouble, of this kind, believing I had sufficiently "pointed out the man you had injured, and that by this *' time you were convinced that silence would be the "best answer: But finding your reflections are such as "naturally call for a reply, I take this way of doing jt ; . "and, in the first place, return you thanks for the corns' pHment: "pliment made me of my seeming sense and worth. I "do assure you, I fliaH always endeavour to convince "mankind of the latter, though I have no pretence to "the former. But to come a little nearer, I observe "you put yourself under a very severe restriction, even "the laying down the Tatler for ever, if 1 can give you "an instance, where you have injured,any good man, "or pointed at any thing which is not the true object "of raillery.
"I must confess, Mr. Bitierftaff, if the making a man ?' guilty of vices that would shame the gallows, be tne' "best method to point at the true object of raillery, I "have until this time been very ignorant; but if it-be "so, I will venture to assert one thing, and layitdown' *' as a maxim, even to the Slaffiati race, viz. That that "method of pointing ought no more to be pursued, than "those people ought to cut your throat who suffer by' "it; because I take both to be murder, and the law is* "not in every private man's hands to execute: But in'* deed, Sir, were you the only person would suffer by
the Tatler's discontinuance, I have malice enough ta V punish you in the manner you prescribe; but I am not "so great an enemy to the town or my own pleasures, "as to wish it; nor that you would lay aside lashing the "reigning vices, so long as you keep to the true spirit ** of satire, without descending to rake into characters "below its dignity; for as you well observe, there is *• something very terrible in unjustly attacking men in *' a way that may prejudice their honour or fortune; ** and indeed, where crimes are enormous, the delin«' quent' deserves little pity, yet the reporter may de•* serve less: And here I am naturally led to that cele** brated author of The whole Duty of Man, vvho hath *' set this matter in a true light in his treatise of the "government of the tongue; where, speaking of un"charitable truths, he fays, a discovery of this kind "serves not to reclaim, but enrage the offender, and' "precipitate him iijto farther degrees of ill. Modesty *' and fear of shame is one of those natural restraints, "which the wisdom of heaven has put upon mankind i "and he that once stumbles, may yet by a check of ** that bridle, recover again: But when by a public de.
"tectioa takes off the delicacy of their regard, as dealing in blood makes the Lanii less tender of spilling it.
St. James's Coffee-house, September 28.
Letters from Lijbou of the twenty-fifth instant, N. S» speak of a battle which has been sought near the river Cinca, in which General Stanmberg had overthrown the army of the Duke of Anjou. The peisons who fend this,, excuse their not giving particulars, because they believed an account must have arrived here before we could hear from them. They had advices from different parts* which concurred in the circumstances of the action j after which the army of his Catholic Majesty advanced as far as Fraga, and the enemy retired to Saragofla. There are reports, that the Duke of dnjcu was in the engagement; but letters of good authority fay, that Prince was on the road towards the camp when he received the news of the defeat of his troops. We promise ourselves great consequences from such an advantage obtained by so accomplished a General as Staremberg ;. who, among the men of this present age, is esteemed the third in military fame and reputation.
N° 75. Saturday, October i, 1709.
From my own Apartment, September 30.
IA M called off from public dissertations by a domestic affair of preat importance, which is no less than the disposal of my sister Jenny for life. The girl is a girl of great merit, and pleasing conversation; but I being bora of my father's first wife, ahd Ihe of his third, stis converses with me rather like a daughter than a sister. I. have indeed told her, that if (he kept her honour, and behaved herself in such a manner, as became iheBickerJlaffs, I would get her aa agreeable man for her husband;