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TABLET A L K;
OR, CHARACTERS, ANECDOTES, &c. OP ILLUSTRIOUS AND CELEBRATED BRITISH CHARACTERS, CHIEPLY DURING THE LAST Fifty YEARS.
(MOST OF THEM NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED:)
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mean by this, Sir? would you DR. JOHNSON tells us in the life of this fend me to school again ?" And pray,
celebrated English Poet, that some Sir,” says Cowley very drily, would time before his death he made a journey
there be any harm in that?" to Windsor to consult Sir Charles Scar. borough, about a lwelling he had in his
DENNIS legs." I came," said he, “ to you as
(The Critic). an old friend, as well as a Physician, to
Amongst the fingularities of this learned ask what this swelling means?"-" Why
self-tormentor, he either hated or affected to deal plainly with you," said Sir
to hate a pun so much, that he either Charles, “ your blood will run no
grew outrageoully angry, or quitted the longer;"—upon which, continues the
company whenever a pun happened to be Doctor, Waller repeated a passage from
let off in his presence. He has expressed Virgil, retired
to his native leat, and foon his contempt of this species of wit in after died.
inany parts of his writings, particularly Now what this passage from Virgil was, lar remark : " I look upon the difference
in one where he makes this very particu. Deither the Doctor nor Waller's other Biographers have told us ; however, he
between a pun, and a sentiment well conhinuelt has left us the Paraphrale of it ceived and happily executed, to be as in the following lines, which were
great, as the pain of teasing, and the examongft the last of this bard's productions: quilite pleasures of fruition.”
With this well known prejudice against " The leas are quiet when the winds give o'eri him the wits of his time constantly So calm are we, when passions are no more ;
availed themselves : One night in partiFor then we know how vain it were to boast cular, at Button's, Steele wanted to make Of fæting things so certain to be loft. a party without Dennis, tho' he could Clouds of affection from our younger eyes not decently do it, as Dennis was in the Conceal that emptinefi which age descries;
coffee-house at the same time ; ruminating The foul's dark cottage, battered and decay'd, for some time how to get rid of him, he Lets in new light throchinks that time has at last observed Rowe sitting at the oppomade.
site side of the fame box, when coming up Stronger by weakness, wiser men become to Dennis he asked him aloud, “what As they draw near to their eternal home; was the matter with him?".." The matter Leaving the old, both worlds at once they with me," says Dennis, " what do you view,
mean by that ?"_" Why," says Steele, That Atand upon the threshold of the new." “ I did not know; but you appeared to
me to be like an angry waterman ; you COWLEY,
look one way, and Rowe another." Abraham Cowley, our celebrated Eng. This was enough for our angry critic, lih Poet, borrowed his notion of a Pbilo. who immediately bounced up, and left fapbic College from Lord Bacon's Ata- the room, thundering his anathemas lantis; and from Mr. Cowley's idea of against all puns and miserable punkters. such a College, the present Royal Society This acerbity of temper fuck to poor
Dennis to the latt, as the following anecm' An Auchor once brought a poem to dete, not generally known, will prove's Alr. Cowley, for bis perucal and judgment nor could even the liberality or affiduity of the performance, which he impatiently of his friends allay it. Having outlived demanded at the next visit. Mr. Cow. an annuity which he had of one hundred hay with his usual modefty
desired, “ that pounds per year, the latter part of his be would be pleated to look a little more life was lupported partly by the benefas. to the grammar of it."" To the gram tions of his friends, and partly by benen mas of it," echoed the Poetaster, « what fit plays which they occasionally pro
Vol. XXXI. FEB, 1797.
had its beginning
tured for him. His last benefit was ners, the King offered to lay a wager he “ The Provoked Husband," which was would náme an English Nobleman that obtained by the interest of Pope and Ahould excel in those particulars any Thomson; and as it turned out fuc. Frenchman about his Court: the wager cessful, Suvage, who could contribute was jocularly accepted, and his Majesty nothing but by his pen, wrote and pub- was to choose his own time and place Jithed, in Dennis's name, fome compli- for the experiment. mentary verses on the occasion. When To avoid suspicion, the King let the Dennis heard these lines repeated to him subject drop. for fome months, till the (for by this time he was quite blind), he courtiers imagined he had forgot it; he exclaimed in a great fury, "Why am I then chose the following stratagem :-He treated in this manner? by G-d this can appointed Lord Stair and two of the most be no other than that fool Savage." polished Noblemen of his own Court to
This was perhaps his laft Aash of take an airing with him, after the breakcritical resentment, as he died two days ing up of the Levée; the King accord, afterwards.
ingly came down the great ftaircase at
Vertailles, attended by those three Lords, DUKE DE SCHOMBERGH. and, coming up to the side of the coach. This celebrated General, who from his door, instead of going in first as usual, eminent services raised himself to the title he pointed to the two French Lords to of a Duke in England, and hence is en enter : they both, unaccustomed to this titled to rank amongst celebrated English cereinony, shrunk back, and submissively characters, was no less remarkable for declined the honour; he then pointed to his polite and easy behaviour, and his at. Lord Stair, who made his bow, and intachment even to the last to young and stantly sprung into the coach ; the King gay company, than for his military ac and the two French Lords then followed. complishments. His person was agree When they were all feated the King able; he made a fine figure on horseback; exclaimed, “Well, Gentlemen, I believe danced and walked well, and was so far you'll acknowledge I have now won my from feeling any of the incommodities wager.' "-" How so, Sire?" replied the of
age either in body or mind, courtiers.--" Why," continued the that in point of dress, exercise, and King, “ when I defired you both to go sprightly humour, he came nothing short into my coach, you declined it; but this of the company he kept. He used to polite foreigner (pointing to Lord Stair) fay, “ that when he was young he con. no sooner received the commands of a versed with old men to gain wildom and King, tho' not his Sovereign, than he in. experience ; and now that he was old, he kantly
, obeyed."-The courtiers hung delighted in the company of young men their heads in confufion, and acknow. to keep up his fpirits."
ledged the justice of his Majesty's claim. The year before his death, as he was Farinelli, the celebrated singer who walking in the park with a number of made so much noise in this country about young officers about him, a grave old half a century ago, having acquired a Nobleinan of his acquaintance met him, very confiderable fortune here, fettled in and rallied him a good deal on the youth- Spain, where he became so great a fan ful company he kepe. " Why, yes, my vourite with the Queen (confort to FerLord," replied Schombergh, "I do it dinand), that he for a while not only goon a military principle, as you know a verned her coumcils, but at her intercer. good General should always make his fion was made a Knight of Cararalla. retreat as late as he can."
The Spanish Nobles felt this disgrace This veteran officer was killed by a so much, that on the day of Inttallation, cannon ball at the head of his regiment at whilft the gold fpurs were putting on the famous battle of the Boyne, in Ire- Farinelli, a grande asked Lord Stair, who Jand.
happened to be present at the ceremony,
“ whether it was the fashion in EngLORD'STAIR.
land to do so much honour to their When this Nobleman was at the Court eaftrato fingers ?" Upon which his Lord. of Louis XIV. his manners, address, thip (who telt by a sympathy congeniał and conversation, gained very much on to great minds the indignity put upon the esteem and friendthip of that mo the Spanish Nobles) quickly replied, and parch: infomuch that one day in a cir- loud enough to be heard, “ No, my cle of his courtiers, talking of the ad. Lord, we put spurs on our game cocks, vantages of good breeding and caly mast 'tis true; but never ox ox Capons."
His Lordship was Ambassador to the he was dressing for the stage ; and as the Court of France in the laft illness of had but a few hours to fpare before the Louis XIV. and having got intimation, play began, the went in her morning that the swelling in the King's legs de gown and her hair in papillotes to the noted a mortification, he, according to the Palace, apologizing for her dress and the cutom of his country, offered a wagershortness of the time she had to stay. The that he would not outlive the month. the Queen graciously told her how mueh This wager was accepted of, and an Em obliged to her she was for coming so fooh, piric having revived the King a little by and under such a pressure of business; but some elixir which he administered to him, as there was a foreign lady of distinction, confiderable odds were offered in favour of pointing to a lady who stood opposite to the King's life. Lord Stair took them her, who was going abroadnext day, ihe had all and won them, as the King died fome fent for her to oblige that lady with the days before the close of September 1715.
fong of “ Mad Bess." Mrs. Barry
inftantly obeyed, and sung the long with DUKE DE MARLBOROUGH. such a power of action as well as voice, The fortuse of this Nobleman was so that by the time she hail finished, she had immenfe, that Voltaire says his widow torn every one of the papillotes out of her (the Dutchess) told him, when in Eng. hair, and scattered them on the Acor. land in the year 1726, that after giving
The circumstances of this little anec. very handsome fortunes to his four dote come from the old Lord Bathurst children, he had remaining, independent (grandfather of the present Lord), who of any gifts from the Crown, Seventy often told the story with a perfect remem. Tbouland Pounds per annum, clear of all brance of many of the particulars, which outgoings.-To this he adds, “ had not were afterwards confirmed to him by one of his frugality been equal to his greatness, the Lords in waiting at that time. Lord he might have formed a party in the Bathurst being about fix or seven years kingdom that the Queen could not easily of age, he was constantly at the Palace have overthrown ; and had his wife been as a companion to the Duke of Glou. a little more complaisant, the Queen cefter the only fon of the Princess, would never have broken her chains. " afterwards Queen Anne), who was much
about his age; and Lord Bathurst dea MRS. BARRY,
clared, they were both fo inuch frightened (The celebrated Adres). all the time Mrs. Barrywas singingher song, This great oranment to the Theatre, and tearing the papillotes out of her hair, whom Cibber has praised fo highly (and that theywere doingnothingelse butgather: of whom Dryden, in his preface to Cleo. ing them up, under an idea that if they menes, has left this ftill stronger eulogium: did not do this, that she would kill them. “ Mrs. Barry, always excellent, has in Mrs. Barry died towards the latter end this tragedy excelled herself, and gained a of Queen Anne's reigp ; and what was reputation beyond any woman I have ever remarkable at her death was, the followseen on the Theatre)," possessed, beside ing expression which fell from her in her her great theatrical abilities, almost equal last hours : talents as a finger, and in this line often “ Ha, ha! and so they make us Lords bad the honour to assist at Queen's by dozens.” Mary's * concerts, as well as at many of Tho''this speech in all probability her private parties.
was the effect of a delirium; yet, the In the catalogue of her fongs she was Queen having just at this time created particularly distinguished for finging twelve neru Peers (of whom Lord “ Mad Bels," and the Queen often uled Bathurst was one), the public would unto send for her to Kensington Palace to derstand it as a political allufion, and thus king this fong, which was one of her circulated a laugh at the expence of adgreatett favorites. One day the happened ministration. to have the honour of a command when
(To be continued.) SOME ACCOUNT of a CUSTOM OBSERVED by the AFRICAN SLAVES
in our BRITISH COLONIÉS. From “ LETTERS on the MANNERS and CUSTOMS of FOREIGN
NATIONS." THE old Fort, where we held our ufe of the African Naves. I was
hospital, was contiguous to a bury- aftonished one afternoon to observe nuing ground, chiefly appropriated to the merous parties of Indians about the difKing Willlam's Queen