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addressed himself to me, and told me, he was surprised to see a virtuoso take satisfaction in any representations below that of human life;' and asked me, « whether I thought this acting bells and dogs was to be considered under the notion of wit, humour, or satire? Were it not better,' continued he, to have some particular picture of man laid before your eyes, that might incite your laughter ?' He had no sooner spoke the word, but he immediately quitted his natural shape, and talked to me in a very different air and tone from what he had used before: upon which, all that sat near us laughed; but I saw no distortion in his countenance, or any thing that appeared to me disagreeable. I asked Pacolet, what meant that sudden whisper about us? for I could not take the jest.' He answered, “The gentleman you were talking to assumed your air and countenance so exactly, that all fell a-laughing to see how little you knew yourself, and how much you were enamoured with your own image. But that person,' continued my monitor, .if men would make the right use of him, might be as instrumental to their reforming errors in gesture, language, and speech, as a dancing-master, linguist, or orator. You see he laid yourself before you with so much address, that you saw nothing particular in his behaviour : he has so happy a knack of representing errors and imperfections, that you can bear your faults in him as well as in yourself: he is the first mimic that ever gave the beauties, as well as the deformities, of the man he acted. What Mr. Dryden said of a very great man, may be well applied to him :
He seems to be
You are to know, than this Pantomime may be said
to be a species of himself: he has no commerce with the rest of mankind, but as they are the objects of imitation ; like the Indian fowl, called the Mockbird, who has no note of his own, but hits every sound in the wood as soon as he hears it; so that Mirrour is at once a copy and an original. Poor Mirrour's fate, as well as talent, is like that of the bird we just now spoke of; the nightingale, the linnet, the lark, are delighted with his company; but the buzzard, the crow, and the owl, are observed to be his mortal enemies. Whenever Sophronius meets Mirrour, he receives him with civility and respect, and well knows a good copy of himself can be no injury to him ; but Bathillus shuns the street where he expects to meet him; for he, that knows his every step and look is constrained and affected, must be afraid to be rivalled in his action, and of having it discovered to be unnatural, by its being practised by another as well as himself.
FROM MY OWN APARTMENT, AUGUST 5. LETTERS from Coventry and other places have been sent to me, in answer to what I have said in relation to my antagonist Mr. Powell; and advise me, with warm language, to keep to subjects more proper for me than such high points'. But the writers of these epistles mistake the use and service I proposed to the learned world by such observations : for you are to understand, that the title of this paperk gives me a right in taking to myself, and inserting in it, all such parts of any book or letter which are foreign to the hich I wilave a math and what t
i See • Examiner,' vol. i. No. 12. ad finem ; and vol. iv. No. 40. "A thing like a crown-officer was an emmet with a white straw, and Punch was introduced when he found himself at leisure to meddle with the rights of episcopacy?
* See Dedication' to Tatler, vol. i. Tatler, Nos. 3. 5. 9. 64. Letter signed Josiah Couplet; and No. 271.
purpose intended, or professed, by the writer : so that suppose two great divines should argue, and treat each other with warmth and levity unbecoming their subject or character, all that they say unfit for that place is very proper to be inserted here. Therefore, from time to time, in all writings which shall hereafter be published, you shall have from me extracts of all that shall appear not to the purpose; and, for the benefit of the gentle reader, I will show what to turn over unread, and what to peruse. For this end I have a mathematical sieve preparing, in which I will sift every page and paragraph; and all that falls through I shall make bold with for my own use. The same thing will be as beneficial in speech ; for all superfluous expressions in talk fall to me also : as when a pleader at the bar designs to be extremely impertinent and troublesome, and cries, • Under favour of the court--with submission, my lord I humbly offer' and, I think I have well considered this matter; for I would be very far from trifling with your lordship’s time, or trespassing upon your patience- however, thus I will venture to say— and so forth. Or else, when a sufficient self-conceited coxcomb is bringing out something in his own praise, and begins, • Without vanity, I must take this upon me to assert. There is also a trick which the fair sex have, that will greatly contribute to swell my volumes : as, when a woman is going to abuse her best friend, · Pray,' says she, “have you heard what is said of Mrs. Such-a-one? I am heartily sorry to hear any thing of that kind of one I have so great a value for ; but they make no scruple of telling it; and it was not spoken of to me as a secret, for now all the town rings of it. All such flowers in rhetoric, and little refuges for malice, are to be noted, and naturally belong only to Tatlers. By this method, you will immediately find folios contract themselves into octavos, and the labour of a fortnight got over in half a day.
ST. JAMES'S COFFEE-HOUSE, AUGUST 5. Last night arrived a mail from Lisbon, which gives a very pleasing account of the posture of affairs in that part of the world, the enemy having been necessitated wholly to abandon the blockade of Olivenza. These advices say, that sir John Jennings is arrived at Lisbon, When that gentleman left Barcelona, his Catholic Majesty was taking all possible methods for carrying on an offensive war. It is observed with great satisfaction in the court of Spain, that there is a very good intelligence between the general officers; count Staremberg and Mr. Stanhope acting in all things with such unanimity, that the public affairs receive great advantages from their personal friendship and esteem to each other, and mutual assistance in promoting the service of the common cause.
** This is to give notice, that if any able-bodied Palatine will enter into the bonds of matrimony with Betty Pepin, the said Palatine shall be settled in a freehold of forty shilling per annum in the county of Middlesex'.
| See Tatler, No. 24. and note; and · Pylades and Corinna,' vol. i. p. 67, 8vo. 1733. This animadversion on the knight's method of securing yotes, and extending his influence in Middlesex, seems to imply that an unconstitutional practice, now not uncommon, was then rather new.
No. 52. TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1709".
Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86.
Quicquid agunt homines
-nostri est farrago libelli. Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, Our motley Paper seizes for its theme.
WHITE'S CHOCOLATE-HOUSE, AUGUST 7. DELAMIRA RESIGNS HER FAN. Long had the crowd of the gay and young stood in suspense, as to their fate in their passion to the beauteous Delamira; but all their hopes are lately vanished, by the declaration that she has made of her choice, to take the the happy Archibald” for her companion for life. Upon her making this known, the expense of sweet powder and jessamine are considerably abated; and the mercers and milleners complain of her want of public spirit, in not concealing longer a secret which was so much the benefit of trade. But so it has happened ; and no one was in confidence with her in carrying on this treaty, but the matchless Virgulta, whose despair of ever entering the matrimonial state made her, some nights before Delamira's resolution was published to the world, address herself to her in the following manner :
m STEELE.—This paper is ascribed to Steele, but perhaps Addison was really the author of it. See Tatler, No. 63. note. It is not, however, in Addison's works.
n The honourable lord Archibald Hamilton of Motherwell, son to William third duke of Hamilton, was probably the happy Archibald here meant. He was member of parliament for Lanerkshire, afterwards governor of Jamaica, and about this time married lady Jane Hamilton, youngest daughter of James earl of Abercorn. It seems to follow, that lady Jane Hamilton, who died at Paris in 1752, was the Delamira here celebrated. It is more certain, that by this marriage lady Jane Hamilton became the mother of two sons, and of two daughters, who were afterwards lady Brooke and lady Cathcart. Lord Archibald died about two years after his lady.