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tards. About this time Bocai, who had always a returned, his friend the pastry-cook took off his hands sharp eye towards his own interest, having wriggled at a better price than the trunk-maker ; so that the himself into the company of a parcel of poetical poetical fraternity had most of their pies bottomed with young sprigs, who had just weaned themselves of their own productions, which proved so considerable their mother university, and by their prolific parts and an advantage to all chance customers, that whoever promising endowments had made themselves the came
ne in for a twopenny tart was assured to have a favourites of the late bountiful Mecænas, who had pennyworth of wit
, or at least poetry, given into the generously promised to be an indulgent father to the bargain, that when they had emptied the shell, they rhyming brotherhood, who bad united themselves in might have taught their children to read upon the friendship, but were as yet unprovided for ; so that bottom-crust as well as a horn-book. now, between their youth and the narrowness of their The George's Club. There was formerly a club fortunes, Bocai had a fair prospect of feathering his called the George's Club, consisting of members nest by his new profitable chaps. Besides the happy whose Christian names were George, who used to acquaintance of ihose sons of Parnassus, it gave him meet at the sign of the George, and on St. George's a lucky opportunity of promoting the interest of his day; and always swore, when they did swear, by beloved engineer, so skilled in the fortifications of George. cheese-cakes, pies, and custards ; so that Bocai, to The Humdrum Club was entirely made up ingratiate himself with his new set of authors, invited of gentlemen of very peaceable dispositions, that used them to a collection of oven-trumpery at his friend's to sit together to smoke their pipes and say nothing house, where they were nobly entertained with as till midnight.— The Mum Club was of a similar nacurious a batch of pastry delicacies as ever were seen ture, being as great enemies to noise, as inveterate at the winding up of a Lord Mayor's feast, upon the smokers. day of his triumphs. There was not a mathematical The Sighing Club consisted of certain gentlemen figure in all “ Euclid's Elements” but what was pre- inamoratos getting together into a society, where they, sented to the table in baked wares, whose cavities were being totally absorbed in the contemplation of their filled with fine eatable varieties, fit for gods or poets ; several mistresses, had full liberty to talk to themthis procured the cook such a mighty reputation among selves and sigh. Each of these had a bit of ribbon, a his new rhyming customers, that they thought it a scan- lock of hair, a netted purse, or a garter, which they dal to the Muses that so heavenly a banquet should go mused over and addressed from time to time, as gifts untagged with poetry, where the ornamental folds of or relics stolen from or received from their idols. He every luscious cheese-cake, and the artful walls of every who was remarked to apostrophise the most passiongolden custard, deserved to be immortalized : they ately and loudly was elected president. No one was could therefore scarcely demolish the embellished admitted without a poem in praise his mistress. A covering of a pigeon pie, without a distich; or break member who did not sigh fives times in a quarter of through the sundry tunics of a puff-paste apple tart, an hour was looked upon with suspicion; and a without a smart epigram upon the glorious occasion. member giving a direct answer to a question, looked The cook's name being Christopher, for brevity called on as so absurd as to run the risk of expulsion : a Kit, and his sign being the Cat and Fiddle, thus was complete absence of mind showed the best member. merrily derived a quaint denomination from puss and This distracted society always existed; but as the her master, and from thence they called themselves the dulcineas relented, the old members made place for Kit-Cat Club. Bocai was resolved to venture at all the the new. club, giving little else but pies for poetry, well consi The Everlasting Club.—The Everlasting Club condering he had this advantage, that what the publisher sisted of a hundred members, who divided the whole
twenty-four hours among them in such a manner, that The Smithfield Club was a very coarse and beefish the club sat day and night from one end of the year fraternity. The object of the members of this club, to another; no party persuming to rise till they were and which had noblemen in the society, was to prorelieved by those who were in course to relieve them. duce a beef-steak of two yards long, and a foot's By this means the Everlasting Club never wanted width of fat encircling it, at Christmas ; and by means company; for though a member was not on duty of oil-cakes and other extraneous and superfine modes himself, he was sure to find some who were ; so that of feeding oxen and sheep, to render the said cattle if he was disposed to take a whet or lunch, an even- as near the elephant standard as possible, insomuch ing's draught, or a bottle after midnight, he went to that they were brought to the club in carriages, the the club, and found a knot of friends to his mind. It only ride they had in their lives, like the malefactors was a maxim in this club, that the steward never of old to Tyburn. dies; for, as they succeed one another by way of ro The Four-in-hand Club was at first established tation, no man was to quit the great elbow-chair by certain young noblemen and gentlemen of more which stands at the upper end of the table till his cash than consequence. To ape the coachman was the successor is in reality able to fill it; insomuch that acme of their delight : they therefore squared their there has not been a sede vacante in the memory of elbows, had a front tooth extracted to spit secundum man. This club was instituted about the time of the artem, and dressed themselves with coats and dollarcivil wars, and lasted till the great fire, which burnt sized buttons, and sixteen strings to their knees. Thus them out and dispersed them for several weeks. The equipped and accomplished, they met in cavalcade, steward at that time maintained his post till he had and the string of noble Jehus performed their journies like to have been blown up with a neighbouring to Salt Hill and Bedfont, and all the way back again. house, (which was demolished in order to stop the It is needless to say that the horses were tine ones, fire,) and would not leave the chair at last, till be that the carriages were elegant, and that the vehicle, had emptied all the bottles upon the table, and re- being empty, was of a piece with the drivers of the ceived repeated orders from the club to withdraw Four-in-hand Club, himself. This steward was frequently talked of in the club, and looked upon as a far greater man than the famous captain, mentioned by Lord Clarendor,who That great composer would himself, however, otten
Handel's early oratorios were but thinly attended. was burnt in his ship because ħe would not quit it without orders. It is said that towards the close of joke upon the emptiness of the house, which, he said,
would make de moosic sound all de petter." 1700, being the great year of jubilee, the club had it under consideration whether they should break up or continue their session ; but, after many speeches and The phrase of wooden-heads is no longer paradoxidebates, it was at length agreed to sit out the other cal ; some people fit up wooden studies, cabinetcentury. It appears by their books in general, that makers become book-makers, and a man may show a since ineir first institution, they have smoked fifty parade of much reading, by only the assistance of a tons of tobacco, drank thirty thousand butts of ale, timber-merchant : a student in the Temple may be one thousand pipes of red port, two hundred barrels furnished with a collection of law books cut from a of brandy, and one kilderkin of small beer ; also a whipping post ; Physical Dictionaries may be had in great consumption of cards. A fire was constantly Jesuits'-burk; a Treatise upon Duels in touch-wood; kept up to light their pipes. They had an old woman, the History of Opposition in worm-wood; Shakspeare's in the nature of a vestal, whose business it was to Works in cedar, his Commentators in rottcu-wood; cherish and perpetuate the fire from generation to the Reviewers in birch, and the History of Eogland generation. - Spectator,
in heart of oak.
CONSOLATION FOR MANAGERS.
BTRADLING versus STILES.
are the substantial part, or thing bequeathed : black Two gentlemen were at a coffee-house, when the and white, the formal or descriptive part
. discourse falling upou Sir Joshua Reynolds's painting,
Horse, in a physical sense, doth import a certain one of them' said, that liis tints were admirable, but quadruped or four-footed animal, which, by the apt the colours flew. Sir Joshua, who was in the next venient parts, is adapted, fitted, and constituted for
and regular disposition of certain proper and constall, took up his hat, and accosted them thus, with a low bow : “Gentlemen, I return you many thanks conducive was this animal conceived to be to the be
the use and need of man. Yea, so necessary and for bringing me off with flying colours.”
hoof of the commonweal, that sundry and divers acts of parliament have, from time to time, been made in
favour of horses. Those who are of the law, and have not perused this 1 Edw. IV. makes the transporting of horses out cause, will find it eminently useful as a precedent ; of the kingdom no less a penalty than the forfeiture of and old gentlemen about to make their wills, will see 401. the necessity of being as explicit as possible, par
2 & 3 Edw. VI. takes from horse-stealers the bene. ticularly in the colour of the horses they have to be fit of their clergy. queath.
And the statutes of 27 & 32 Hen. VIII. condescends Le Report del Case argué en le Common Banke so far as to take care of their very breed ; these, our
devant tout les Justices de memes le Banke, en wise ancestors, prudently foreseeing, that they could le quart än du Raygne de Roy Jacques, entre not better take care of their own posterity, than by Matthew Stradling, Plant., et Peter Styles, also taking care of that of their horses. Def., et un action propter certos Equos colora
And of so great esteem are horses in the eye of the tos, Anglicè, Pied Horses, post. per le dit common law, that when a knight of the bath commitMatthew, vers le dit Peter.
ed any great and enormous crime, his punishment was Le Recitel del Case.-Sir John Swale, of Swale to have his spurs chopped off with a cleaver, “ being Hall, in Swale Dale, fast by the River Swale, knt., (as Master Bracton well observeth) unworthy to ride made his last will and testament; in which, among a horse." other bequests, was this, viz. Out of the kind love Littleton, sec. 315, saith, “ If tenants in common and respect that I bear unto my much honoured and make a lease, reserving for rent a horse, they good friend Mr. Matthew Stradling', gent., I do be- shall have but one assize ; because, saith the book, queath unto the said Matthew Stradling, gent. all the law will not suffer a horse to be severed: another
black and white horses.” The testator had six argument of what high estimation the law maketh of black horses, six white ho:ses, and six pied horses. a horse."
Le Point.--The debate therefore was, whether or But as the great difference seemeth not to be so no the said Matthew Strailling should have the said much touching the substantial part, horses ; let us pied horses by virtue of the said bequest.
proceed to the formal or descriptive part, viz. what Pour le Plaint. - Atkins, apprentice pour le horses they are that come within this bequest. plaintiffe, moy semble que le plaintiffe recovera. Colours are commonly of various kinds and dif
And first of all it seemeth expedient to consider ferent sorts : of which white and black are the two what is the nature of horses, and also what is the extremes, and consequently comprehend within them nature of colours, and so the argument will con- all other colours whatsoever. sequently divide itself in a two-fold way; that is to By a bequest, therefore, of black and white horses, say, the formal part and the substantial part. Horses/ grey or pied horses may well pass; for when two
extremes, or remotest ends, of any thing devised, the A pied horse is not a white horse, neither is a pied law, by common intendment, will intend whatsoever horse a black horse ; how then can pied horses come is contained between them to be devised too.
under the words of black and white horses ? But the present case is still stronger; coming not Besides, where custom hath adapted a certain only within the intendment, but also the very letter determinate name to any one thing, in all devises, of the words,
feoffments and grants, that certain name shall be By the word black, all the horses that are black made use of, and no uncertain circumlocutory deare devised ; by the word white, are devised those scriptions shall be allowed; for certainty is the father that are white; and by the same words, with the of right, and the mother of justice. conjunction copulative “and" between them, the Le rest del argument je no pouvois oyer, car jeo fui horses that are black and white, that is to say, pied, disturb en mon place. are devised also.
Le Court fuit longeinent en doubt de c'est mátter; Whatever is black and white, is pied ; and what et apres grand deliberation eu, ever is pied, is black and white; ergo, black and Judgment fuit donné pour le Pl. nisi causa. white is pied; and vice versa, pied is black and Motion in arrest of judgment; that the pied white.
horses were mares; and thereupon an inspection was If therefore black and white horses are devised, prayed. pied horses shall pass by such devise; but black and Et sur ceo le court advisare vult. whiie horses are devised; ergo the plaintiff shall The above case with its law, French and Latin have the pied horses.
decorations, as evidently unlike the modern French, Pour lė Defeuil.–Catlyne, Serjeant, moy semble, as it was unlike English, was thus humorously real contrary. The plaintiff shall not have the pied ported by Mr. Fortescue, afterwards a judge, and an horses by intendment ; for if by the devise of black intimate friend of Pope and Swift ; and therefore inand white horses, not only black and white horses, serted in their “ Martinus Sviblerus." but horses of any colour between these two extremes,
VILLIAM VICKS, may pass; then not only pied and grey horses, but also red or bay horses should pass likewise, which
Or, Do us other people do. would be absurd, and against reason. And this is Von Villiam Vicks, as I've heard tell, another strong argument in law, Nihil quod est A wintner vas at Clerkenvell : rationem, est licitum ; for reason is the life of the His vife she vas a vixen vile, law, nay the common law is nothing but reason; And oft poor Vill she vould rewile; which is to be understood of artificial perfection and For, ever vanting something new, reason gotten by long study, and not of man's natural She'd cry, “ Dear Vill, I vish as you reasou ; for Nemo nascitur artifex, and legal rea Vou'd do as other people do ! son est summa ratio; and therefore, if all the reason
There's neighbour Vite's, they keep a shay, that is dispersed into so many different heads, were
And vhen they vants to dash avay, united into one, he could not make such a law as
And vie with all the beaux and belles, the law of England ; because, by many successions
Avay they vhip to Hornsey Vells; of ages, it has been fixed and refixed by grave and
Then, since ve all vant something new, learned men; so that the old rule may be verified in
Dear Villiam Vicks, I rish as you it; Neminem oportet esse legibus sapientiorem,
Vou'd do as other people do !”. As therefore pied horses do not come within the intendment of the said bequest, so neither do they
“Vat now,” says Vill, “ vat vant you next!" within the letter of the words,
“V'y Vill, I wow it makes me wext
HARMONY OF NATURE.
To think ve lives in dirt and filth!
CLERICAL CHASTISEMENT. A country-house would save my health ;
A clergyman once quarrelled with a country squire, And here's a spot with charming woo!
who said, “ Doctor, your gown is your protection.' Dear Villiam Vicks, I vish as you
It is so,” replied the parson," but it shall not be Vou'd do as other people do/"
yours.” lle then pulled it off, and thrashed the squire The house was bought-and Madam now soundly. Must have a coach and servants too; A pair of geldings smooth and sleek, And routs and parties thrice a veek;
Horace Walpole, telling his nurseryman that he And ven poor Vill impatient grew,
would have his trees planted irregularly, he replied, “Dear Vill,” says she," you know that you
“ Yes, sir, I understand ; you would have them hung Must do as other people do.'"'
down—somewhat poetical." But now Vill's cash run wery vrief,
LACONIC REFUSAL. So Vill turn'd o'er another leaf;
Clifford, countess of Dorset, having been applied The maids dismiss'd--the house was sold
to by her secretary to be allowed to recommend a perAnd coach and horses, too, we're told :
son to her for member for Appleby, wrote the follow“ Lord, Vicks," she scream'd, “vat shall ve do?" ing reply: “ In troth,” says Vicks, “you know that you “ I have been bullied by an usurper, I have been Must do as other people do .""'.
neglected by an usurper, I have been neglected by a Ma'am did not like this change of life,
court, but I won't be dictated to by a subject;-your So death vhipp'ıl off poor Vicks's vife-
man sha'nt stand. And now retrieving his affairs,
“ Ann Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery." Most Christianlike his loss he bears ;
GRIEVANCES OF A CREDITOR.
2. Y. owes me a bill. I send it in, we shall
suppose, the 1st of July. Now mark the excuses in I do as other people do .!"
July 1.-"Oh! this is Mr. Mercer's bill-Call
again any day next week.” Hugh Peters, the Jesuit, was preaching at the July 9.-"Not at home."--"When will he be at chapel royal upon these words : Hast thou not poured home?"_“ Any time to-morrow.” me out as milk anul curilled me like cheese? Job x. 10.
July 10.-" Has a gentleman with him," wait an when in the height of his discourse the news came hour —“ Oh! ah! this is the bill--ay-hum-look that king William was landed, and the congregation in on Monday.” in consequence left him. On which he said he would
Monday.--- Not at home, gone to 'Change." conclude the discourse, “ Come life, come death, Thursday:-—" Leave the bill, and I will look it come William, come the devil!”
20.-" There seems to be a mistake in the bill ; I
never had this article-take it back to your master, Garriek told Cibber, “ That his pieces were the and tell him to examine his books.” best ventilators to his theatre at Drury-lane; for as 24.-“ Just gone out." soon as any of them were played, the audience di 29.--" I am busy now; tell your masier I'll call rectly ieft the house."
on him as I go into the city'