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summate experience, was invested with a discretionary power. He knew from ancient story, that securing the rear, and making a glorious retreat, was the most celebrated piece of conduct. Accordingly such measures were taken to prevent surprise in the rear of his arms, that even Pallas herself, in the shape of rust, could not invade them. They were drawn into close order, firmly embodied, and arrived securely without touch-holes. Great and national actions deserve popular applause ; and as praise is no expense to the public, therefore, dearest kinsman, I communicate this to you, as well to oblige this nursery of heroes, as to do justice to my native country. I am, Your most affectionate kinsman,
*** A war-horse belonging to one of the colonels of the artillery, to be let or sold. He may be seen adorned with ribbands, and set forth to the best advantage, the next training day.
No 62. THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 1709.
Quicquid agunt homines
nostri est farrago libelli.
Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86.
White's Chocolate-house, August 31. This place being frequented by persons of condition, I am desired to recommend a dog-kennel to any who shall want a pack. It lies not far from Suffolk-street, and is kept by two who were formerly dragoons in the French service; but left plundering for the more orderly life of keeping dogs: besides that, according to their expectation, they find it more profitable, as well as more conducing to the safety of their skin, to follow this trade, than the beat of drum. Their residence is very convenient for the dogs to whelp in, and bring up a right breed to follow the scent. The most eminent of the kennel are blood-hounds, which lead the van, and are as follow :
A List of the Dogs.
Rockwood, of French race, with long hair, by the courtesy of England, called also Captain.
Pompey, a tall hound, kennelled in a convent in France, and knows a rich soil.
These two last hunt in couple, and are followed by
Ringwood, a French black whelp of the same breed, a fine open-mouthed dog; and an old sick
hound always in kennel, but of the true blood, with a good nose, French breed.
There is also an Italian grey-hound, with good legs, and knows perfectly the ground from Ghent to Paris.
Ten setting dogs, right English.
These curs are so extremely hungry, that they are too keen at the sport, and worry their game before the keepers can come in. The other day a wild boar from the north rushed into the kennel, and at first, indeed, defended himself against the whole pack ; but they proved at last too many for him, and tore twenty-five pounds of flesh from off his back, with which they filled their bellies, and made so great a noise in the neighbourhood, that the keepers are obliged to hasten the sale. That quarter of the town where they are kennelled is generally inhabited by strangers, whose blood the hounds have often sucked in such a manner, that many a German count, and other virtuosi, who came from the Continent, have lost the intention of their travels, and been unable to proceed on their journey.
If these hounds are not very soon disposed of to some good purchaser, as also those at the kennels nearer St. James's, it is humbly proposed, that they may be altogether transported to America, where the dogs are few, and the wild beasts many ; or that, during their stay in these parts, some eminent justice of the peace may have it in particular direction to visit their harbours; and that the sheriff of Middlesex may allow him the assistance of the common hangman to cut off their ears, or part of them, for distinction-sake, that we may know the bloodhounds from the mongrels, and setters,
Until these things are regulated, you may inquire at a house belonging to Paris, at the upper-end of Suffolk-street, or a house belonging to Ghent, opposite to the lower end of Pall-mall, and know further.
It were to be wished that these curs were disposed of; for it is a very great nuisance to have them tolerated in cities. That of London takes care, that the " common hunt,' assisted by the serjeants and bailiffs, expel them whenever they are found within the walls ;. though it is said, some private families keep them, to the destruction of their neighbours: but it is desired, that all who know of any of these curs, or have been bit by them, would send me their marks, and the houses where they are harboured ; and I do not doubt but I shall alarm the people so well, as to have them used like mad dogs wherever they appear. In the mean time, I advise all such as entertain this kind of vermin, that if they give me timely notice that their dogs are dismissed, I shalt let them go unregarded ; otherwise am obliged to admonish my fellow-subjects in this behalf, and instruct them how to avoid being worried, when they are going about their lawful professions and callings. There was lately a young gentleman bit to the bone ; who has now indeed recovered his health, but is as lean as a skeleton. It grieved my heart to see a gentleman's son run among the hounds; but he is, they tell me, as fleet and as dangerous as the best of the pack.
Will's Coffee-house, August 31. This evening was spent at our table in discourse of propriety of words and thoughts, which is Mr. Dryden's definition of wit ; but a very odd fellow, who would intrude upon us, and has a briskness of imagination more like madness than regular thoughts, said, that "Harry Jacks was the first who told him of the taking of the citadel of Tournay; and,' says he, · Harry deserves a statue more than the boy who ran to the senate with a thorn in his foot, to tell of a victory. We were astonished at the assertion, and Spondee asked him, “What affinity is there between that boy and Harry, that you say their merit has so near a resemblance as you just now told us ?' "Why,' says he, Harry, you know, is in the French interest; and it was more pain to him to tell the story of Tournay, than to the boy to run upon a thorn to relate the victory which he was glad of.' The gentleman, who was in the chair upon the subject of propriety of words and thoughts, would by no means allow, that there was wit in his comparison ; and urged, that “to have any thing gracefully said, it must be natural ; but that whatsoever was introduced in common discourse with so much premeditation, was insufferable. That critic went on: "Had Mr. Jacks,' said he, told him the citadel was taken, and another had answered, he deserves a statue as well as the Roman boy, for he told it with as much pain,' it might have passed for a sprightly expression; but there is a wit for discourse, and a wit for writing. The easiness and familiarity of the first is not to savour in the least of study ; but the exactness of the other is to admit of something like the freedom of discourse, especially in treatises of humanity, and what regards the belles lettres. I do not in this allow, that Bickerstaff's Tatlers, or discourses of wit by retail, and for the penny, should come within the description of writing.' I bowed at his compliment, and But he would not let me proceed.