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The SCRIBBLER. Not L 167 both fides, and made the king a line, sen'j, that bad the feing-'i. feaod alTbe king called the earl to him, and ma& to eveiy leaf, by way of signsaid to hint, — * My lord, I have ing, and was in seme place? fujSilkd heard much of your hospitality, bet in the margin with the king5* hand; I see it is greater than the speech, hkewrse, where was to icmemThese handsome gentlemen and yea- hrance; Item, Received of fuch-atnes, which I fee on both fides of me, owe, sue marks for a fmrdaa ta he are fare year menial servants. The procured, and if tie ferdsn da set earl smiled, and laid; * It may phrase p*fi, the money to Be repaid, exyoor grace, that were not for mine cept the party be fence ttker^erenyt Jstfisrrrfe; they are molt of them my rr- fied; ami over agaimi this raemorarndlaivers, that are come to do me fer- ora, of the king's own hand, at hervice at fucha time as this, and chiefly teije satisfied.

to fee yoar Grace.* The king started Is was by {achsmalt firms as these,

a little, and seid; ' By my faith, my that king Henry collected that im

lord, I thank you for my good cheer, nseuse treasure which he died ga&Æetl

bat I may not endure ta jfcpor my hmrs of. Which, as Sir Robert Cotton

irruAen in my sight; my attwmy mmjt informs 03, from a book of payments

speak imtk you.'—And it is part of kept 5>etweea the Ling and Mr. Ed

the report, that the earl catnpottrrded mond IfrtdBeyy amooBted, in those

for no icfc thanjsfleeir thintsamt marks, day*, to soar mdlEens ami as lats

—And to fltew further the king's ex- in coin and bullion, exclusive of

treme diligence, I do lemeuiber to rich furaitare, vraaght pJate, and

have seen a book of accompt of Rrrrp- javefe J

Ta tie Erjrrexs wstL* OXFORD MAGAZINE.'

IF the following corresponds with the design of yowr agreeable and inffrtretrre puMicarion, 1 seals be very happy in baring been inSroiBenraJ, though iafo final! a degree, to the uiiirarsel good reception it meets with.

Tie SCRIBBLER. No I.

By JONATHAN EY E B R I G II T

WHEN a mart Erst: sets out in eamiaas, haw they treS an author, the world, his. greatest: care is before his writings begin to be the maintenance of his reparation, esteemed. The pretenders to judgeand this is abfo! otriy aecefsery for hi* mem, who are ten to oae more than well-being in it; birr, whew a man the real judges, will be afraid to has had! the thorny road of Hfe foco- commend, tSi they are fare of Bartered with roses, as but seldom to dif- ing a majority on their fide- I look cover that it is fo, he is not fo ancri- npan myself as x young zadn jnft cas about a good name, because he come into fotrirariis; I u:aS. ftste a has not the feme occasion for it—- rery watchful eyeover my credit and Reparation in a gentleman, is the character, and take erpecia! eaic tftai fame thing as credit in a merchant; I may saerkthe regard svA condjsaand there is the fame obligation in ance of my customers, by a deportboth to advance and comtiBoe them r ment, and a lieady and onsforan re* k is for this reason th« world wi3I lie foh*riori to act up to my Sariom in • . . Ya fife.

life. If we are so happy as to gain the esteem of our friends, then our care must be, that we do not diminish those virtues which have been our rife.

It will be expected by the public, that I mould give them some account Of my name, condition, family, partv, &c. These sour I shall distinctly answer. My name they will see at the beginning of this paper; my condition is that of an author, poor enough every one knows; my family is very noble, I am descended from the Eyebrights of Nottinghamshire, who had settled in that county when William the Norman conquered England, and by a collateral line from the justly famous Isaac Bickerstaff, esq; my grandmother being the issue of the marriage between Mrs. Jenny Distaff and Mr. Tranquillus; but I hope the reader will excuse me, if I run over two or three generations, and call in/ ever-memorable ancestor uncle. In regard to my party, it is that of a true Briton, a name which lvalue, as it reflects honour upon all my family, who everhave been, and (I am so much of a prophet as to fay) who ever will be, zealous in the highest degree for the honour of the nation, the liberty of the subject, and the protestant succession in the illustrious house of Hanover. Deus noiis fuee otia ftcil

I hope, by this time, I have introduced myself to the notice of the publick.—If I have—tremble oh ye wits, smarts, pretty, and very pretty fellows; remember my august uncle; and,ye bucks, bloods, &c. ye shall remember me; I hope to make you all bend beneath the rod of reason. This rod of reason, which I just now mentioned, was left me by my uncle, and is a very valuable legacy; one touch will make a wild giddy heir composed enough to attend a sermon; a mischievous buck will go to bed at eleven every night, a coquet will marry the first man of merit file njeets with, and a forsaken prude will

avoid running away with her father's coachman. Many more instances \ could produce of the cures I have done with this remarkable staff, and I doubt not, but in every paper I shall be able to give my readers an account of my future cures. These trifling ones I have set down at random, which are only first touches, and the dawnings of returning reason. I can compare my operations to nothing but xhzguedt kings of the house of Steuart's touching for the evil; but molt people are of opinion they rather promoted a disorder than removed it: however, I undertake no patient, but which, from certain signs, I know to be curable. I intend to set aside a paper for the illustration of this wonderful rod; the means how my ancestor obtained it, the cures he did with it, and the amazing knowledge he acquired by it, with a variety of other concerns truly original, and—here I was interrupted by Will Whiffle. Will is what is generally called a good sort of a man; he had heard 1 had an intention of publishing to the world my observations and remarks on men, manners, and* things. Will, who is a profound politician, kindly offered me his assistance; he told me he would supply me with many anecdotes of great men. I thanked him, but declined it. Mr. Eyebright,'' fays he, "permit m« to contribute to your lucubrations, by drawing up for you the advantages Great Britain will acquire by an alliance with Corsica; orplain and distinct considerations and on the present state of the nation." " My good friend," fays I, "it will not do.—Then take your own course," says he. I did so;' and now offer my first lucubration to the best of judges, the candid publics.

ADVERTISEMENT. ANY lady or gentleman desirous of personally knowing Mr. Eyebright, may see him once a month in the Oxford Magazine, and no where else.

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£>ueen Elizaletlis Entertainment by

f"T> H E entertainments given to I his Danish majesty, by several Cfthe nobility and gentry, have been magnified with all the parade of description, and boasted of as exceed, ing all the pomp of former ages. Though indeed those ages have been represented by modern scribblers as remarkable for their simplicity and deconomy, yet he who has been conversant in what cotemporary authors have written concerning them, will find them hot-more behind with us in the luxury of their diet, than they are supposed to exceed us in the puxity of their manners. I shall choose an example from the reign of queen Elizabeth, toverify what! have asserted; and prefer her reign to any other, because it is celebrated for the learning of the sovereign, the ability of the ministry, and the simplicity of the people.

We are informed that Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, in the month ©f July 'i 57;, entertained his royal mistress, queen Elizabeth, at Kenilworth castle, for ten days, with the greatest elegance, and at a boundless expence. A particular detail of this entertainment is as follows:—The queen was surprized at her entrance, with the prospect of a floating island in a large pool, illuminated with torches, on which were the lady of the lake, and two nymphs waiting on her dressed in silk; who made a speech to the queen in verse, displaying the' antiquity of the family ■which belonged to the castle. This was closed with a band of music, consisting of cornets and other in

Rciert Dudley > Earl of Leicester.

struments. Within the bass courtwas erected a noble bridge, twenty feet wide and seventy feet long, over which her majesty passed: on each side of the bridge were persons habited in the characters of the heathen deities, who successively presented her with gifts. A cage of wild fowl was given her by Sylvanus; divers forts of fruits by Pomona; corn by Ceres; wine by Bacchus, sea-filh by Neptune; habiliments of war by Mars; and musical instruments by Phœbus. During the several days her majesty staid, variety of shows and sports were exhibited: viz. in the chace, a savage man with satyrs; bear-baiting, fire-works; vaulting by the best tumblers from Italy; a country bride-ale; running at the quinting, and morricedancing. To complete the entertainment, the countrymen acted the ancient play called Hock's Tuefday, representing the destruction of the Danes in the reign of king Ethelred: the performance of which pleased the queen so much, that her majesty gave them a brace of bucks, and five marks for a feast, as a token of her approbation. On the pool, was a Triton riding on a Mermaid eighteen feet long, and Arion on a Dolphin, who entertained her majesty with an excellent piece of music. The colls and expence of this entertainment, may be guessed at, from the quantity of beer then drank, which amounted to three hundred and twenty Hogsheads of the common fort only.

Description of the Copper-Plate, entitled Rob-Thief; or the Pilferers in '", 1 ■ • 'L°'■ ~ •■ Masquerade.

BRritania is represented asleep, and several pilferers privately stealing from her person; another robber picking the pocket of one of these at the same time. The Devil and his good friend, Jack Ketch, exulting at the happy prospect of an ehcreiise of trade. A Frenchman exclaiming that he has lost his king, and offers a reward of Fifty Pounds for finding him. »- •' To

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