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· London Cries, wherein he has shewn, from reason and philosophy, why oysters are cried, card-matches sung, and turnips and all other vegetables neither cried, sung, nor said, but sold, with an accent and tone neither natural to man nor beast. This piece seems to be taken from the model of that excellent discourse of Mrs. Manly the schoolmistress, concerning samplers. Advices from the upper end of Piccadilly say, that May-Fair is utterly abolished; and we hear Mr. Penkethman has removed his ingenious company of strollers to Greenwich. But other letters from Deptford say, the company is only making thither, and not yet settled ; but that several heathen gods and goddesses, which are to descend in machines, landed at the King's-Head-stairs last Saturday. Venus and Cupid went on foot from thence to Greenwich; Mars got drunk in the town, and broke his landlord's head, for which he sat in the stocks the whole evening; but Mr. Penkethman giving security that he should do nothing this ensuing summer, he was set at liberty. The most melancholy part of all was, that Diana was taken in the act of fornication with a boatman, and committed by Justice Wrathful; which has, it seems, put a stop to the diversions of the theatre of Blackheath. But there goes down another Diana and a Patient Grizzel next tide from Billingsgate.
It is credibly reported that Mr. Dyt has agreed with Mr. Penkethman to have his play acted before that audience as soon as it has had its first sixteen days run in Drury-lane.
St. James's Coffee-house, April 18. They write from Saxony of the thirteenth instant, N. S. that the grand general of the crown of Poland was so far from entering into a treaty with King Stanislaus, that he had written circular letters, wherein he exhorted the Palatines to join against him; declaring that this was the most favourable conjuncture for asserting their liberty.
Letters from the Hague of the twenty-third instant, N. S. say, they have advices from Vienna, which import, that his Electoral Highness of Hanover had signified to
* See, in Dr. King's works, vol. ii, 8vo. edit. 1776, 'An Essay ou the Invention of Samplers, by Mrs. Arabella Manly, schoolmistress at Hackney.'
+ Tom D'Urfey.
the Imperial Court, that he did not intend to put himself at the head of the troops of the empire, except more effectual measures were taken for acting vigorously against the enemy the ensuing campaign. Upon this representation the Emperor has given orders to several regiments to march towards the Rhine, and dispatched expresses to the respective princes of the empire, to desire an augmentation of their forces.
These letters add, that an express arrived at the Hague on the twentieth instant, with advice, that the enemy having made a detachment from Tournay, of fifteen hundred horse, each trooper carrying a foot-soldier behind him, in order to surprise the garrison of Alost; the allies, upon notice of their march, sent out a strong body of troops from Ghent, which engaged the enemy at Asche, and took two hundred of them prisoners, obliging the rest to retire without making any farther attempt. On the twenty-second in the morning a fleet of merchant ships coming from Scotland were attacked by six French privateers at the en. trance of the Meuse. We have yet no certain advice of the event: but letters from Rotterdam say, that a Dutch manof-war, of forty guns, which was convoy to the said fleet, was taken, as were also eighteen of the merchants. The Swiss troops in the service of the States have completed the augmentation of their respective companies. Those of Wirtemberg and Prussia are expected on the frontiers within a few days; and the auxiliaries from Saxony, as also a battalion of Holstein, and another of Wolfenbuttle, are advancing thither with all expedition. On the twenty-first instant the deputies of the States had a conference near Woerden with the President Rouille, but the matter which was therein debated is not made public. His Grace the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene continue at the Hague.
From my own Apartment, April 18. I have lately been very studious for intelligence, and have just now, by my astrological flying post, received a packet from Felicia,* an island in America, with an account that gives me great satisfaction, and lets me understand, that the island was never in greater prosperity, or the
* In this allegorical paper, by Felicia is meant Britain.
administration in so good hands, since the death of their
* John, Lord Somers, President of the Council.
At La Hogue, in 1692.
William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, Lord Steward of the Household.
I Thomas, karl of Wharton, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
liberties of the people, as the greatest enemy can be to subvert them. The influence of these personages, who are men of such distinguished parts and virtues, makes the people enjoy the utmost tranquillity in the midst of a war, and gives them undoubted hopes of a secure peace from their vigilance and integrity.
ADVERTISEMENT. Upon the humble petition of running stationers, &c. this Paper may be had of them, for the future, at the price of one penny.
N° 5. THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1709.
Quicquid agunt homines
nostri est farrago libelli.--Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86.
White's Chocolate-house, April 20.
The action lovę, the passion is forgot.
the evil still continues; and, if a man of any delicacy were to attend the discourses of the young fellows of this agé, he would believe there were none but prostitutes to make the objects of passion. So true it is what the author of the above verses said, a little before his death, of the modern pretenders to gallantry: “ they set up for wits in this age, by saying, when they are sober, what they of the last spoke only when they were drunk.” But Cupid is not only blind at present, but dead drunk; he has lost all his faculties; else how should Celia be so long a maid, with that agreeable behaviour ? Corinna with that sprightly wit? Lesbia with that heavenly voice ? and Sacharissa, with all those excellences in one person, frequent the park, the play, and murder the poor Tits that drag her to public places, and not a man turn pale at her appearance ? But such is the fallen state of love, that if it were
* The preceding papers had been given gratis.
not for honest Cynthio, who is true to the cause, we should hardly have a pattern left of the ancient wortbies that way: and indeed he has but very little encouragement to persevere; but he has a devotion, rather than love for his mistress, and says,
Only tell her that I love,
Leave the rest to her and fate;
Lovers on their stars must wait." But the stars I am so intimately acquainted with, that I can assure him he will never have her: for, would you believe it? though Cynthio has wit, good sense, fortune, and his very being depends upon her, the termagant for whom he sighs is in love with a fellow who stares in the glass all the time he is with her, and lets her plainly see she may possibly be his rival, but never his mistress. Yet Cynthio, the same unhappy man whom I mentioned in my first narrative, pleases himself with a vain imagination that, with the language of his eyes, now he has found who she is, he shall conquer her, though her eyes are intent upon one who looks from her; which is ordinary with the
It is certainly a mistake in the ancients to draw the little gentleman Love as a blind boy; for his real character is a little thief that squints ; for ask Mrs. Meddle, who is a confidant, or spy, upon all the passions in town, and she will tell you that the whole is a game of cross purposes. The lover is generally pursuing one who is in pursuit of another, and running from one that desires to meet him. Nay, the nature of this passion is so justly represented in a squinting little thief (who is always in a double action), that do but observe Clarissa next time you see her, and
you will find, when her eyes have made their soft tour round the company, she makes no stay on him they say she is to marry, but rests two seconds of a minute on Wildair, who neither looks nor thinks on her, or any woman else.
However, Cynthio had a bow from her the other day, upon which he is very much come to himself ; and I heard him send his man of an errand yesterday without any manner of hesitation; a quarter of an hour after which he reckoned twenty, remembered he was to sup with a friend, and went exactly to his appointment.