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elighted in a country life, he refolved Thewed him his apartment, saying, o build a large commodious house for · This is your castle, here you are to the reception of guests, surrounded by command as absolutely as in your own fifteen hundred acres of his choicest house ; you may breakfast, dine, and land, all laid out upon a regular plan sup here whenever you please, and inof improvemen, according io the new viie such of the guests to accompany adopted mode of Englith gardening you as may be molt agreeable to you (which bad supplanted the bad Dutch He then thewed him the common partafte, brought in by king William) lour, 'where,' he faid, ' a daily ordinary and of which he was the first who set was kept, at which he right dine when the example in Ireland ; nor was there it was more agreeable to him to mix in any improvement of th it fort then in society ; but from this moment, you are England, wbich was comparable to his, never to know me as master of the either in point of beauty or extent. house, and only to consider me as one As this design was formed early in of the guests.' 'In order to put an end life, in order to accomplish his point, to all ceremony at meal time, he took without incurring any debt on his eftare, his place at random at the table; and he retired to the continent for seven thus, all idea of precedence being laid years, and lived upon fix hundred aside, the guests feated theinselyes propounds a year, while ihe remaining in miscuously, without any regard to difcome of his estate was employed in car- ference of rank and quality. There rying on the great works he had plan- was a large room fitted up exactly like ped ihere. When all was completed, a coffee house, where a barmaid and be returned to his native country'; and waiters attended to furnish refreshments after some time pafsed in the metropo at all times of the day. Here such as lis, lo revive ihe old, and cultivate chose it breakļafted at their own hour. Dey acquaintance, he retired to bis It was furnished with chels-boards, feat in Thomastown, to pass the re- back • gammon tables, newspapers, mainder of his days there. As he was pamphlers, &c. in all the forms of a one of the finest gentlemen of the age, city coffee house. But the muli extraand poffeffed of lo large a properly, ordinary circumstance in his whole dobe found no difficulig, during his refi. mehis arrangeinent was that of a dedence in Dublin, to get access to all tached room in one of the extremities of whole character, for talents or probity, the house, called the tavern. As he was made him desirous to culiivaie their hinfelt a very temperate man, and acquaintance, Out of these he select many of his guests were of the same ed luch as were most conformable to his difpofition, the quantity of wine for the taste, inviting them to pass such leisure use of the common rooin was but motime as they mighe have upon their derate; but as drinking was much in hands, at Thomaftown. As there was fainion in those days.---in order to gralumething uncommonly fingular in his tily fuch of his guests as had indulged mode of living, such as, I believe ; was themselves in that cultom, he had renever carried into practice by any mor. course to the above mentioned contrital before in an equal degree, I fancyvance; and it was the custom of all the reader will not be displeased with who loved a cheerful glass, to adjourn an account of the particulars of it. to the tavern foon after dinner, and
His house bad been chiefly contrived leave the more fober folks to themselves. to answer the noble purpose of that Here a waiter in a blue apron attended confiant hospitality which he intended (as was the fashion xhen), and all inings to mantain there. It contained torty in the room were contrived so as to hucommodious apartments for gueft, mour the illusion. Here
every one cal. #ich suitable accommodations for their led for what liquor they liked, with as fervants
. Each apartment was com- liue reliraint as it they were really in pleicly furnished with every convenience a pubiic-houle, and to pay their thare that could be wanıcd, cyen to th minute of the reckoning, Here 100 the mideli article. When a guest arrived, he night orgies of Bacchus were often ceHib. Mag. Jan. 1796.
lebrated with the fame noisy mirth as ried fo far, that he sometimes went is customary in his city temples, without abroad without giving any notice, and in the least disturbing the repose of the Ataid a way several days, while things more fober part of the family. Games went on as usual at home; and, on his of all forts were allowed, but under return, he would not allow any gratusuch restrictions as to prevent gambling, lations to be made him, nor any other and so as to answer their true end, that notice to be taken of him, than if he of amusement, without injury to the had not been absent during that time. purse of the players. There were two The arrangements of every fort were so billiard tables, and a large bowling. prudently made, that no multiplicity of green; ample provision was made for guests, or their domestics, ever occafiall such as delighted in country Sports, oned any disorder; and all things were -filing tackle of all sorts, -vari- conducted with the fame ease and reguety of guns with proper ammunition, larity as in a private family. There Sa pack of buck-hounds, another of was one point which seemed of great fox-hounds, and another of harriers. difficulty, that of eftablilbing certain He conftantly kept twenty choice hun. fignals, by which each fervant might ters in his ftables, for the use of those know when he was summoned to his who were not properly mounied for the master's apartment. For this purpose chase. It may be thought that his in- there was a great hall appropriated to come was not sufficient to support fo their use, where they always assembled expenfive an establishment; but when when they were not upon duty. Along it is considered, that eight thousand a the wall, bells were ranged in order, year at that time was fully equal to one to each apartment, with the numdouble that sum at preseni,--that his ber of the chamber marked over it; so large demesne, in some of the richest foil that when any one of them was rung, of Ireland, furnished the house with they had only to turn their eyes to the every necessary except groceries and bell, and see what servant was called. wine, it may be supposed to be eafily He was the first who put an end to that practicable, if under the regulation of a inhospitable custom of giving vails to Aria economy, of which no man was servants
, by making a suitable addition a greater master. I am told his plan to their wages-atihe same time affurwas so well formed, and he had such ing them, that if they ever took any checks upon all his domeftics, that it terwards, they should be discharged was impossible there could be any walte, with disgrace: and, to prevent templaor that any article from the larder, or a tion, the guests were informed, that Mr. fingle bottle of wine from the cellar, Matthew
would consider it as the highest could have been purloined, without im- affront, if any offer of that fort were mediale dete&tion. This was done made. partly by the choice of faithful ftewards, As Swife had heard much of the place and clerks of approved integrity, but from Dr. Sheridan, who had been often chiefly by his own superintendance of a welcome guest ehere, both on account the whole, as not a day passed without of his companionable qualities, and as having all the accounts of the preceding being preceptor to the nephew of Mr. one laid before him. This he was ena- Matthew, he was desirous of freing with bled to do by his early rising; and the his own eyes, whe!her the report of it business being, finished before others were true; which he could not help were out of their beds, he always ap- thinking to have been much exaggepeared the most disengaged man in the rated. Upon receiving an intimation house, and seemed to have as little con- of this from Dr. Sheridan, Mr. Mathew duct of it as any of the guests. And, wrote a polite letter to the dean, reindeed, to a stranger he might pass for questing the honour of a visit, in comsuch, as he made it a point, that no one pany with the doctor, on his next school should consider him in the light of mat vacation. They set out accordingly on ier of the house, nor pay him the least horseback, attended by a gentleman civilities on that score ; which he car. who was a dear relation of Mr. Mal
thew, and from whom I received nearly my guests while I ftay: for I think I the whole of the following account. fhall hardly be tempted to mix with
They had scarce reached the inn the mob below. Three days were palwhere they were to pass the first night, fed in riding over the demesne, and and which, like most of the Irish inns at viewing the several improvements, that time, afforded but miserable enter- without ever seeing Mr. Matthew or any tainment, when a coach and fix ar- of his guests ; nor were the company Tived, fent to convey them the remain. below much concerned at his absence, der of their journey to Thomastown; as his very name used to inspire those and, at the same time, bringing store of who did not know him, with awe ; and' the choicest viands, wine, and other li- they were afraid his presence would put quors, for their refreshment. Swift was an end to that ease and cheerfulness bighly pleased with this uncommon which reigned among them. On the mark of attention paid him; and the fourth day, Swift entered the room circumstance of the coach proved par. where the company were assembled beticularly agreeable,, as he had been a fore dinner, and addressed Mr. Matthew good deal fatigued with his day's j ur. in one of the finest complimental ney. When ihey came within light of speeches that ever was made; in which the house, the dean, astonished at its he expatiated on all the beauties of his magnitude, cried out, • What, in the improvements, with the skill of an artist, name of God, can be the use of such a and caste of a connoisseur. He lewed vaft building?" • Why, Mr. dean, re- that he had a full comprehension of the plied their fe: low traveller before men whole of the plan, and of the judicious tioned, there are no less than forty adaption of the parts to the whole,apartments for guests in that house, and and pointed out several articles which all of them probably occupied at this had elcaped general observation. Such time, except what is réserved for us.' an address, from a man of Swift's chaBwife
, in his usual manner, called out rafter, could not fail of being pleasing lo che coachman to stop, and bade him to the owner, who was at the same time turn about, and drive him back to Dub- the planner of these improvements; and lin, for he could not think of mixing fo fine an eulogium, from one who was with such a croud. Well,' said he af: supposed to deal more in satire than terwards, suddenly, there is no reme panegyris, was likely to remove tho dy: I must submit; but I have lost a prejudice entertained against his chafortnight of my life. Mr. Matthew re- racter, and prepossess the rest of the ceived him at the door, with uncom- company in his favour. He concluded mon marks of respect ; and then, con- his speech by saying, ' And now, ladies ducting him to his apartment, after and gentlemen, I am come to live Some compliments, made him his usual among you ; and it shall be no fault of speech, acquainted himn with the customs mine it' we do not pass our time agreeof the house, and retired, leaving him ably. After dinner, being in high in possession of his caftle. Soon after spirits, he entertained the company the cook appeared with his bill of fare, with several pleasantries. Dr. Sheridan to receive bis directions about supper; and he played into one another's hands; and the butler, at the same time, with a they joked, they punned, they laughed, lift of wines and other liquors. And and a general gaiety was diffused w all this really lo ?' faid'Swift; and through the whole company. In a may I command here as in my own thort time all constraint on his account boule?' The gentleman before menti. disappeared. He entered readily into
ced assured him he might; and that all their litdle schemes of promoting | sothing could be more agreeable to the mirth, and every day, with ihe affift
owner of that manfion, than that all ance of his coadjutor, produced some under his roof Tould live conformably new one, which afforded a good deal of to their own inclinations, without the sport and merriment. Never were such leaft restraint. Well, then,' said Swifi, joyous scenes known there before; for, 'I invite you and Di. Sheridan to be when to ease and cheerfulness there is
fuperadded, at times, the higher zest of coffee-house, saying that he had purgay wit, lively fancy, and droll humour, posely offered this insult to the genilenothing can be wanting to the perfec- man, who had not the spirit to resent tion of the social pleasures of life. it. There happened to be prefent a When the lime came which obliged Dr. particular friend of Mr. Matthew's, of Sheridan to return to his school, the the name of Macnamara, a man of company were so delighted with the tried courage, and reputed the belt fendean, that they carnestly entreated him cer in Ireland. He immediately cook to ftay there some time longer; and up the quarrel, and said he was fure Mr. Matthew himself for once broke Mr. Maithew did not suppose the afthrough his rule of never foliciting the front intended, otherwise he would ftay of any gueft, (it being the establish- have chafifed him on the spot; but if ed custom of the house, that all might the major would let him know wbere depart when they thought proper, wiih- he was to be found, he should be waited out any ceremony of leave-taking) by on immediately on his friend's return, joining in the request. Swift found who was to dine that day a linle way himself so happy in his fituation there, out of town. The major said he should that he readily yielded to their folicita be at the tavern over the way, where he tions; and instead of the forinight and his companion would wait their which he had originally intended, passed commands. Immediately on his arrival, four monihs there, much to his own la. Matthew being made acquainted with tisfaction, and that of all those who what had paffed, went from the coffeevisited the place during that time. house to ihe tavern accompanied by
Having given an account of the Macnamara. Being thewn into the owner of this happy manfion, I shall room where the two gentlemen were, now relate an adventure he was engag- after having secured the door, without ed in, of so fingular a kind, as deserves any expoftulation, Matthew and Pack well to be recorded.
drew their fwords ; but Macnamara It was towards the latter end of queen stopped them, saying, he had something Anne's reign rwhen Mr. Matthew re. to propose before they proceeded to acturned 10 Dublin, after his long resi- tion. He said, in cales of this nalure, dence abroart. Al that time parly ran he could never bear to be a cool fpecvery high, but raged no where with such tator : 'So, fir,' addressing himself to violence as in that cily; insomuch that Creed, if you please, I shall bave the duels were every day fought there on honour of entertaining you in the fame that score. There happened to be, at manner. Creed, who desired no better that time, two gentlemen in London sport, made no other reply than that of who valued themselves highly on their inftantly drawing his sword; and to skill in fencing; the name of one of work the four champions fell, with the them was Pack, the other Creed, -the same composure, as if it were only a former à major, the latter a captain, in fencing-march with Sils. The condid the army. Hearing of these daily ex was of some duration, and maintained ploits in Dublin, they resolved, like two with great obftinacy by the two officers, knighes-errant, to go over in qu'it of not withitanding the great effusion of adventures. Upon inquiry, they learned blood from the many wounds they had that Mr. Matthew, lalely arrived from received. At length, quite exhausted, France, had the character of being one they both fell, and yielded the victory of the first twordimen in Europe. Pack to the superior skill of their antagonilts. rejoiced to find an antagonist worthy of Upon this occafion Matthew gave a rehim, resolved, the first opportunity, to markable proof of the perfect compopick a quarrel with bim,--and meeting sure of his mind during the action. him as he was carried along the streets Creed had fallen the first : upon which in his chair, juftled the tore-chairman. I ack exclaimed,' Ah, poor Creed ! are Of this Matthew rook no notice, as tup- you gone ?' • Yes,' said Mathew, very pofing it to be accidental. But Pack composedly, and you thall inftantly afterwards boalted of it in the public pack after bim,' at the same time mak
ing a home thrust quite through his to an account as an affair of honour, &c body, which threw him to the ground. This foon disconcerted all my plans This was the more remarkable, as he for him, and on talking with him the was dever in his life, either before or other day, and asking him, what road after, known to bave aimed at a pun. his honour would chuse to pursue in
The number of wounds received by the future life, be told me that his plan was vanquished parties was very grear; and to go into the ludia service. Upon bewbai seems almost miraculous, their op-, ing interrogated whether he had any podents were untouched.
The sur. reasonable expectation of a provision geons
, seeing the desperate state of their from that quarter? he looked small, patients
, would not suffer them to be and said, no. Now, gentlemen, I know removed out of the room where they no more of you ihan you do of fought, but had beds immediately con- therefore 'lis not unlikely but that you reped into it, on which they lay many wil look upon me as chimerical a man hours in a ftate of infenfibility. When as my fon, in making this application they came to themselves, and saw where to you; but you will remember that he tbey were, Pack, in a feeble voice, said is my son, and that reflection I hope to his companion, Creed, I think we will be deemed a sufficient apology. 'I are conquerors, for we have kept the want your advice, and noi knowing field of baule.' For a long time their any individual amongst you, I apply Lives were despaired of; but, to the to you publicly as a body. If he will afionishment of every one, they both suit your service, and you can help me, recovered. When they were able to see do. He now is aboui twenty, near fix company, Matthew and his friend at- feet high, well made, stout, and very terdedihem daily; and a clofe intimacy active, and is as bold and increpid as a afterwards ensued, as they found them lion : he is of a Welch extraction for men of probiły, and of the belt dil. many generations; and I think, as my pofitions, except in the Quixotic idea of firft born, he is not degenerated. If duelling, whereof they were now per- you like to look at him," you shall see fectly cured.
him, and judge for yourselves. You
may leave word with your clerk; I The fillowing is a genuine Copy of a thall call again shortly to hear what Leller jeni fome Tears ago to the Di- you say.
And remain in the mean rectors of the Eat-India Company.
time, gentlemen, your's &c. (in hafte)
Black Bull Inn, Bilbop/gate-fireet,
ty of Cambridge ; I have a parcel of P.S. If you like him, I will equip him.
pillar of the church : with this view appointment ordered for him as a
been eccentric genius he had no notion of erly point of Afri:a, though it is not se saint to chapel gates, lectures, &c. truly lo. In Philips's voyage to Bota. ad when rebuked by his master, tutor, ng Bay, we are told, that is land ft
. for want of obedience to their rules, which projects farthest to the fouth is be treated them in the contemptible a point to the east of it, called by the light of not being gendemen, and seem- Englidb Cape Lagullus; a name cored to intimate thai be lhould call thema rupted from the original Portuguese