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be thejiatural consequence of two theatres, as certainly as that ihere are more who can fee, than can think. Every one is sensible of the dange/ of the fellow on the ladder, and can. see his activity in coming down safe; but very few are judges of the distress of an Hero in a. play, or of his manner-of behaviour in those circumstances. Thus, to please the people, two houses must entertain them with what they can understand, and not with things which are designed to improve their understanding: And the readiest way to gain good audiences must be, to offer such things as are most relished by the croud; that is to fay, immodest action, empiy (how, or impertinent activity. In short, two houses cannot hope to subsist, but by means which are contradictory to the very institution of a theatre in a well-governed kingdom.

I have ever had this fense of the thing, and for that reason have rejoiced that my ancient coeval friend of Drury-lane, thsugh he had sold off most of his move* ables, still kept possession of his palace; and trembled for him, when he had lately like to have been taken by a stratagem. There have, for many ages, been a certain learned sort of unlearned men in this nation called attornies, who have taken upon them to solve all difficulties by increasing them, and are called upon to the assistance of all who are lazy, or weak of understanding. The insolence of a ruler of this palace made him resign the possession of it to the management of my above- * mentioned friend Divi/o. D:iiio was too modest to know when to resign it, until he had the opinion and sentence of the law for his removal. Both these in length of time were obtained against him; but as the great Archimedes defended Syracuse with so powerful engines, that if he threw a rope or piece of wood over the wall, the enemy fled; {oDivito had wounded all adversaries with so much skill, that men feared even to be in the right against him. For this reason, the lawful ruler sets up an attorney, to expel an attorney, and chose a name dreadful to the stage, who only seemed able to beat Dimiio out of his intrenchments. «

On the twenty-second instant, a night us public rejoicing, the enemies of Di-vito made a largess to the people of faggots, tubs, and «;her combustible matter, which was erected into a bonfire before the palace. Plentiful cans were at the fame time distributed among the dependencies of that principality, and the artful rival of Di<vito, observing them prepared for enterprize, presented the lawful owner of the neighbouring edifice, and shewed his deputation under him. War immediately ensued upon the peaceful empire of Wit and the Muses; the Gothi and Vandals sacking Rome did not threaten a more barbarous devastation of arts and sciences. But when they had forced their entrance, the experienced Divito had detached all his subjects, and evacuated all his stores. The neighbouring inhabitants report, That the refuse of Divito's followers marched off the night before disguised in magnificence; door-keepers came out clad like Cardinals, and scene-drawers like heathen

sods. Divito himself was wrapped up irr one of his lack clouds, and left to the enemy nothing but an empty stage, full of trap-doors, known only to himself and his adherents.

From my own Apartment, November 2j.

I have already taken great pains to inspire notions of honour and virtue into the people of this kingdom, and used all gentle methods imaginable, to bring those who are dead in idleness, folly, and pleasure, into life, by applying themselves to learning, wisdom, and industry. But since fair means are ineffectual, I must proceed to extremities, and shall give my good friends, the company of upholders, full power to bury all such Dead as they meet with, who are within my former descriptions ofdeceased persons. In the mean time the following remonstrance of that corporation I take to be very just.

From our office near the Hay market, Nov, 23.

Worthy Sir,

"T7PON reading your Tatler on Saturday last, by \J which we received the agreeable news of so "many deaths, we immediately ordered in a confider"able quantity of blacks 5 and our servants have a "wrought «« wrought night and day ever since, to furnish out the "necessaries for these deceased. But so it is, Sir, that "of this vast number of dead bodies, that go putrify"ing up and down the streets, not one of them has "come to us to be buried. Though we should be loth "to be any hinderance to our good friends the physi"-clans, yet we cannot but take notice what infection "her Majesty's subjects are liable to from the horrible "stench of so many corpses. Sir, we will not detain •* you; our cafe in short is this: Here we are embarked :" in this undertaking for the public good : Now if "people mould be suffered to go on unburied at this *' rate, there is an end of the ufefullest manufactures "and handicrafts of the kingdom: For where will be '« your sextons, coffin-makers, and plummers? what "will become of your embalmers, epitaph-mongers, "and chief mourners? We are loth to drive this mat"ter any further, though we tremble at the consequences "of it: For if it shall be left to every dead man's dif"cretion not to be buried until he sees his time, no

man can fay where that will end; but thus much we "will take upon us to affirm, that such a toleration "will be intolerable.

"What would make us easy in this matter is no "more, but that your Worship would be pleased to "issue out your orders to ditto Dead to repair forthwith "to our office, in order to their interment; where con"slant attendance shall be given to treat with all per"sons according to their quality, and the poor to "be buried for nothing: And for the convenience of «' such persons as are willing enough to be dead, but "that they are afraid their friends and relations ** should know it, we have a back-door into Warwick"street, from whence they may be interred with all "secrecy imaginable, and without loss of time, or "hinderance of business. But in cafe of obstinacy, "for we would gladly make a thorough riddance, we "desire a further power from your Worship, to take "up such deceased as shall not have complied with "your first orders, wherever we meet them: And if "after that there shall be complaints of any per

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"sons so offending, let them lie at our doors. We "are,

Your Worlhip's until death,

The Master and Company
of Upholders.

"P. S. We are ready to give in our printed propo"sals at large; and if your Worship approves of oof }* undertaking, we desire the following advertisement "may be inserted in your next Paper.

"Whereas a commission of interment has been *' awarded against Doctor John Partridge, Philomath, •* professor of Physic and Astrology; and whereas the '* said Partridge hath not surrendered himself, not "shewn cause to the contrary; These are to certify;* «' that the company of Upholders will proceed to bury "him from Cordivainers-hall, on sue/day the tfcenty"ninth instant, where any six of his surviving friends, "who still believe him to be alive, are desired to come *• prepared to hold up the pall.

"Note; we (hall light away at fix in the evening* "there being to be a sermon."

,N° ioo. Tuesday, November 29, 1709.

Jam redit tif Virgo, redeunt Stttitrnia regita.

Virc. Ec. 4. ver. 6.

Returning Justice brings a golden age. R. W.

Sheer-lane, November 28.

IWas last week taking a solitary walk in the garden of Lincoln's-Inn, (a favour that is indulged me by* several of the Benchers, who are my intimate friends, and grown old with me in this neighbourhood) whea,


according to the nature of men in years', who^ave made but little progress in the advancement of their fortune or their fame, I was repining at the sudden rise of many persons who are my juniors, and indeed at the unequal distribution of wealth, honour, and all other blessings of life. I was lost in this thought, when the night came upon me and drew my mind into a far more agreeable contemplation. The heaven above me appeared in all its glories, and presented me with such an hemisphere of stars, as made the most agreeable prospect imaginable to one who delights in the study of Nature. It happened to be a freezing night, which had purified the whole body of air into such a bright transparent æther, as made every constellation visible; and at the fame time gave such a particular glowing to the stars, that I thought it the richest Sky 1 had ever seen. I could not behold a scene so wonderfully adorned and lighted up, if I may be allowed that expression, without suitable meditations on the Author of such illustrious and amazing objects: Tor on these occasions, philosophy suggests motives to religion, and religion adds pleasures to philosophy.

As soon as I had recovered my usual temper and serenity of Soul, I retired to my lodgings, with the satisfaction of having passed away a few hours in the proper employments of a reasonable creature; and promising myself that my slumbers would be sweet, I no sooner fell" into them, but I dreamed a dream, or saw a vision, for I know not which to call it, that seemed to rise out of jny evening-meditation, and had something in it so solemn and serious, that I cannot forbear communicating it;' though I must confess the wildness of imagination, which in a dream is always loose and irregular, discovers itself too much in several parts of it.

Methought I saw the same azure sky diversified with the same glorious luminaries which had entertained me 3. little before I fell asleep. I was looking very attentively on that Sign in the heavens which is called by the name of the Balance *, when on a sudden there appeared ki it an extraordinary light, as if the fun should rise at

* Libra or the Balance is next to the sign v\rgo, into which Jifireta, the goddess of Justice, was translated, when slie could Do longei flay on earth. ,

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