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to touch the train, and whiz we go off before their plan of operations evinced like gun-powder.
the general basis of their association, There cannot be a favourite long with The greatest number of the party the English: they love darlings, but (for there was a pcep-hole of observathey must not have them long. Ă man, tion) were dressed in a most shabby, who would wish to remain in their good miserable manner: some had a visible graces, should be as recluse as possible, fockcloth ; others scorned the appeaand only come forth like the fun, that rance of linen ; and their other clothe has been under a cloud, to be admired corresponded with this part of their apthe more.
parel. Presently a couple of determined A man, who is the idol of the peo- fops appeared, returning from the opera, ple, without an error may become their dressed in all the extravagance of neglect; and he who is their hatred, by fashion. They had scarce refreshed a steady perseverance, may regain their themselves with a draught of porter favour. Shakespeare, in the following (for this was the only liquor admitted words, gives us an excellent picture of into this polite assembly) ere they stripthe change of opinions.
ped, slipped on a great coat,
went the embroidery to procure the neA habitation giddy and unsure cessary finances for the discharging the Has he that builds upon the vulgar reckoning, and obtaining a supper. hearts.
The rump-steaks foon smoaked under O thou, fond many! with what loud the onions, and a general ray of wirth applause
was diffused throughout the compamy: Didit thou beat heaven with blessing Before supper was finished their good Bolingbrooke,
Itars were still more brilliant. A worBefore he was what thou wouldå have thy member had been at the gaminghim be.
table, and produced a purse of spankers, -What trust is in these times ? which released the apparel that had just They that when Richard liv'd would before been sent to limbo (such was their have him die,
phraseology) and no sooner did it appear, Are now become enamour'd of his than an (till now) unfortunate hero itript, grave,
literally in buff, and commenced a beau,
Another in a similar itate followed his An Account of a very uncommon Club. example, and a complete metamorpho
sis took place between the opera macaEING at a public house in the wes: ronies, and the porter knights of woeful
tern part of this metropolis, wait countenance. ing for a friend about some business, This specimen of their Proteian chamy attention was attracted to the con- racter led the way for farther observaversation in an adjacent room, when I tion. The arcana were disclosed, and it over-heard the rules and laws of their appeared they were by turns black-guards affociation. It was particularly regula- and fops; or rather like the heroes in ted that no member was to be admitted the Stratagem, they were by rotation whose fize was under five feet eight, or Archer and Aimwell. Their fund was who weighed more than thirteen tone. as general as these wardrobe ; and, with No native of Ireland or Scotland could the Normans, every member did not be admitted, left their national partia- pray for money, but to be where there lity should induce them to swerve from
Polite economy was their the general benefit of the society. chief study, and any member who com
These extraordinary ftipulations made municąted an useful hint upon this subme ftill more inquisitive to know upon jret, was entitled to a lupper gratis. what foundation this fociety could be For instance, the art of coaxing fröckings established, and it was not long before was the subject of the evening, when my curiosity was gratified. I fouud one member gained the laurel, by pointthey were a set of Chevaliers d'Industrie ; ing out the means of wearing white silk or, in plain English, The Make-Shift ftockings a month without displaying a Club. Scarce had I made this discovery mark. May, 1774
It appeared that among four and Wesley. His elaftic mind gathered twenty members, the general Itock of frength by compression : “ thence burstapparel was two decent coats, three ing glorious—he Itunn'd with his giddy shirts, and four pair of Itockings, which 'larm" half the nation. I need not speak were worn in succession by the whole any thing of him fince his spiritual emiclub, who occasionally figured in every grations, since “ he passed, up-born polite place : and two were upon the on eagle's wings (to use his own words) point of marrying a brace of rich the immense chasm between Nature and widows, for the benefit of the nsfocia- Grace; the old man and the new; God tion,
aad the devil." I cannot follow him
over the mighty void, and so am content Two original Letters, and some Poetry, to sit still and enjoy his flight. of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley.
I am, Sir, your confiant reader,
S. B, B. To the Editor of the Hibernian Magazine.
Ch. Ch. Oxon, June 17, 1724. SIR,
Dear Brother, F I mistake not, you will esteem the I believe I need not use many argu
enclosed pieces worthy a place in ments to Thew I am sorry for your misyour very entertaining Miscellany. They fortune, tho', at the same time, I am come recommended on two accounts: glad you are in a fair way of recovery. their intrinsic beauty, and the very dif- If I had heard of it from any one else, tinguished name of the author. You I might probably have pleated you with will be surprised when you have read some impertinent consolations, but the them (especially two of them) to find way of your relating it is a sufficient that the pen of Mr. John Wiley, the proof that they are what you don't stand famous Preacher, could have produced in need of. And indeed, if I andrftand any thing so gay and sprightly. The you rightly, you have more reason to brother to whom he addressed them, was thank God that you did not break both, Samuel Wesley, the poet, held in much than to repine because you have broke esteem by Lord Oxford, Bishop Atter- one leg. You have, undoubtedly, heard bury, Mr. Pope, &c. John Wesley the ftory of the Dutch feaman, who, was about two or three-and-twenty having broke one of his legs by a fall when he wrote the first piece, dated from the main-maft, inftead of condo1724. Tracing him through the most ling himself, thanked God that he had capital periods of his life, he first ap- not hroke his neck. I scarce know pears the very sensible and acute colle- whether your first news vext me, or gian, baffling every man by the sub:le- your last news pleased me more : but I ties of logic, and laughing at them for can assure you, that though I did not being so easily routed; young fellow of cry for grief at the former, I did for joy the finest classical taste, of the most li at the latter part of your letter. The beral and manly sentiments. By an in two things which I most wished for of cident of domestic life I see his genius almost any in the world, were to see my clouded, and the cleareft reason muddied Mother and Westminster once again; in the school of Myfticism. Devoting and to see them both together was lo far himself to filence and solitude, he ex- above my expectations, that I always erted all the powers of his mind on the looked upon it as next to an impoffibidarkest and most inexplicable dogmas of lity. I have been so very frequently School-Divinity. There he, for a disappointed when I had set my heart on while, totally lost himself with Mr. ang pleasure, that I will never again William Law, Cardinal Retz, Madame depend on any before it comes: however, Guyon, and the other self of Cambray, I shall be obliged to you if you will tell that worst and dark part of him, that me as near as you can, how foon my Unleft the shades of Pindus for the gloom cle is expected in England, and my Moof the cloister. A state so torpid and ther in London. I hope my sister is ignoble ill suited the active genius of Mr. pretty well recovered by this time; and
that all at Westminster are in as good thought it more adviseable, since I had health as
promised to send some verses in a few Your Loving Brother, days, to do both in the same letter. I
JOHN WESLEY. am, at the same time, to ask pardon for Pray give my service to
letting any thing prevent my doing the Mrs. Harriss, and as
first sooner; and to return you my finmany as ask after me.
cere and hearty thanks, as well for your
paft kindness, as for the fresh instance Since you have a mind to see some of of it you now give me, in the pains you my verses, I have sent you some which take to qualify me for the enjoyment of employed me above an hour yesterday, that success, which I owe chiefly, not to in the afternoon. There is one, and, I fay wholly, to your intereft. I am the am afraid, but one good thing in them, more ready to profess my gratitude now, that is, They are short,
because I do fo with less appearance of
design than formerly; of any other deFrom the Latin.
sign, I hope, than of thewing myself
sensible of the obligation; and that, in As o'er fair Cloe's rosy cheek,
this respect, at least, I am not unworthy Careless, a little vagrant pass’d,
of it. With artful hand around his neck
I have not yet been able to meet A slender chain the virgin caft. with one or two Gentlemen, from whom
I am in hopes of getting two or three As Juno near her throne above Copies of Verses. The most tolerable
Her spangled bird delights to see ; of my own, if any such there were, you As Venus has her favourite Dove, probably received already from Mr. Cloe fhall have her favourite Flea, Leyborn. Some of those that I had be
sides, I have sent here ; and Mall be Pleas'd at his chains, with nimble steps very glad if they are capable of being
He o'er her snowy bosom stray’d: so corrected as to be of any service to Now on her panting breast he leaps, you, Now hides between his little head.
HORACE, Lib. I. Ode XIX. Leaving, at length, his old abode,
He found, by thirst or fortune led, The cruel Queen of fierce desires, Her swelling lips, that brighter glow'd While youth and wine assistants prove, Than roses in the native bed.
Renews my long-neglected fires,
And melts again my mind to love. Cloe, your artful bands undo,
Nor for your Captive's safety fear; On blooming Glycera I gaze, No artful bands are needful now
By too relittless force opprest! To keep the willing vagrant here. With fond delight my eye surveys
The spotless marble of her breaft, Whilft on that heav'n 'tis given to ttay,
(Who wou'd not wish to be so bleit) In vain I Irive to break my chain ; No force can draw him once away,
In vain I heave with anxious figlis; 'Till death thall seize his destin'd Her pleasing coyness feeds my pain, breast!
And keeps the conquest of her eyes. If you will excuse my pen and my Impetuous tides of joy and pain haste, I shall be once more
By turns my lab'ring bosoin tear;
Your's, The Queen of Love with all her train This is my Birth-day.
Of hopes and fears, inhabits there. Dear Brother,
No more the wand'ring Scythian's might
From softer themes my lyre Mall move; I should certainly have writ you word No more the Parthian's wily flight: of my success on Friday (all Thursday My lyre shall ling of nought but Love. I was detained at Lincoln) but that I
Hafte, graffy altars let us rear; Ye Muses, ftrike the founding firing, Halte, wreaths of fragrant myrtle In plaintive strains his loss deplore; twine;
And ieach an artless voice to ling With Arab sweets perfume the air, The great, the bounteous, now no And crown the whole with gen'rous more! wine.
For him the Wise and Good shall mourn, While we the sacred rites prepare,
While late records his fame declare; The cruel Queen of fierce delires And oft as rolling years return, Will pierce, propitious to my prayer, Shall pay his tomb a grateful tear. Th’ obdurate Maid with equal fires.
Ah! what avail their plaints to thee? O DE XXII.
Ah! what avails his fame declar'd ?
Thou blam'ft, alas! the just decree Integrity needs no defence ;
Whence virtue meets its full reward. The man who trutts to Innocence, Nor wants the darts Numidians throw, Tho' sweeter sounds adorn'd thy tongue Nor arrows of the Parthian bow.
Than Thracian Orpheus whilom
play'd ; Secure o'er Lybia's sandy seas, When litt'ning to the morning song Or hoary Caucasus he strays ;
Each tree bow'd down its leafy head: O'er regions scarcely known to Fame, Wath'd by Hydaspes' fabled stream. Never! ah, never from the gloom
Of unrelenting Pluto's sway, While void of cares, of nought afraid, Cou'd the thin Made again resume Late in the Saline woods I ltray'd; Its antient tenement of clay. On Sylvia's lips, while pleas'd I sung, How Love and soft Persuasion hung!
Indulgent Patience! heav'n-born guest!
Thy healing wings around display: A ravenous wolf, intent on food, Thou gently calm'it the formy breast, Rush'd from the covert of the wood; And driv'st the tyrant Grief away. Yet dar'd not violate the grove Secur’d by Innocence and Love, Corroding Care and eating Pain
By just degrees thy influence own; Nor Mauritania's sultry plain
And lovely lasting peace again So large a favage does contain: Resumes her long-deserted throne. Nor e'er so huge a monster treads Warlike Apulia's beechen shades. An Explanation of a Political Print of
the Able Dostor, or America swallowPlace me were no revolving sun
ing the Bitter Draught. Does o'er his radient circle run ; Where clouds and damps alone appear,
EHOLD America upon the ground, And poison the unwholesome year ;
maid surround; Place me, in that effulgent day, Law binds her arms, in Mansfield's torm Beneath the Sun's directer ray; No change from its fixt place shall move And Sandwich, blending violence and The bafis of my lasting love.
With one hand holds her feet; and
dares to lift, Sent to a Gentleman, whose Father was with th' other the oppressed maiden's lately dead
A luftful grin upon his visage seen,
Shews the disgraceful patsions lody'd In Imitation of Quis Defiderio fit Pudor,&c. within.
Behind see Bute, with sword and pistols What shame shall stop our flowing tears ?
ftand, What end shall our juft forrow know? The law of arms enforces his command: Since Fate, relentless to our prayers,
Despotic power's the Caledonian's aim ; Has giv’n the long-destructive blow! In vain America can urge her claim
To glorious freedom, for alas we see to a discussion of the supposed disadvanNorth forces down her throat the cursed tages attending such a disjunction ; and tea.
then shall set forth the manifold advanIn vain the struggles 'gainst the dire dif- tages. grace,
The first and capital supposed difIn vain regorges back into his face, advantage is, That, if we separate from The bitter draught-he, selulous in ills the Colonies, we shall lose their trade. 'Gainit Bolton, hurries on th' ensaving But why so? And how does this appear? bills.
The Colonies, we know by experience, Britannia turns aside her weeping eyes will trade with any people, even with Her noble bosom swells with heaving their bitterest enemies, during the hotfighs;
test of a war, and a war undertaken at So must the mother for her daughter their own earnest"request, and for their feel
[and steel. own sakes ;--the Colonies, I say, will When she's the prey of poison, law, trade even with them, provided they The Spaniard and the Frenchman joy shall find it their interest fo to do. Why to see
then should any man suppose, that the America depriv'd of Liberty ;
fame self-interest will not induce them And hear that thunder which was won't to trade with us? With us, I say, who to roll
(Spanish soul, are to commit no hostilities againit them, And shake with dread each French and but on the contrary, are still to remain, Now shamefully employ'd 'gainst rights if they please, their guardians and proinvaded.
tectors? They must rejoice when Boston's canno Granting, therefore, that Northnaded.
America was to become independent of
us, and we of them, the question now A Plan for Settling the Disputes between before us will turn on this single point,
Great-Britain and the Colonies. By the -Can the Colonists, in a general way, Rev. Dr. Josiah Tucker, Dean of Glou- trade with any other European State to cester.
greater advantage than they can with
Great Britain ? If they can, they cerHE following Plan, the producti- tainly will; but if they cannot, we ker of Gloucester, we here lay before standing we have parted with every our Readers as the best plan that yet claim of authority and jurisdiction over appeared for adjusting the differences them. Now, the native commodities between Great Britain and her Colonies; and merchandize of North America, and though the present period may not which are the most saleable at an Eurobe altogether favourable for the execu- pean market, are chiefly lumber, ships, tion of it, yet we may venture to say, iron, train-oil, fax-seed, skins, furs, the time will come, and perhaps it is at pitch, tar, turpentine, pearl-ashes, inno great distance, when the wisdom, digo, tobacco, and rice. And I do aver, justice and propriety of the measure will that, excepting rice and tobacco, there be fully felt and acknowledged.
is hardly one of these articles, for which My proposition is, says the Dean, an American could get so good a price to seperate entirely from the North A- any where else, as he can in Great Bri• merican Colonies, by declaring them tain and Ireland. Nay, I ought to have
to be a free and independent people, excepted only rice' for, as to tobacco,
over whom we lay no claim; and then though great quantities of it are re-ex;- by offering to guarantee this freedom ported into France, yet it is well known,
and independence against all foreign in- that the French might raise it a home, vaders whatever.
if they would, much cheaper than they “ But as the idea of separation, can import it from our colonies. The and the giving up the Colonies for ever, fact is this:-The farm of tobacco is will shock many weak people, who think, one of the five great farms, which make that there is neither happiness nor se- up the chief part of the royal revenue; curity but in an overgrown unweildy and therefore the farmers general, tor Empire, I will for their fakes enter in- bye-ends of their own, have hitherto