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London in his fur-gown and gold chain, and make a respectable figure in some city hall, I am willing to dispose of him to any such at an easy price.
As I have also preserved a sketch of my famous Ourong-Outong, a thought has struck me that with a few finishing touches he might easily be converted into a Caliban for the Tempest, and, when that is done, I shall not totally despair of his obtaining a niche in the Shakspere gallery.
It has been common with the great masters Rubens, Vandyke, Sir Joshua Reynolds and others, when they paint a warrior, or other great personage, on horseback, to throw a dwarf, or some such contrasted figure, into the back-ground: Should any artist be in want of such a thing, I can very readily supply him with my hare-lipped boy; if otherwise, I am not totally without hopes that he may fuit fome Spanish grandee, when any such shall visit this country upon his travels, or in the character of ambassador from that illustrious court.
Before I conclude I shall beg leave to observe, that I have a compleat set of ready-made devils, that would do honour to Saint Antony, or any other person, who may be in want of such accompaniments to set off the self-denying virtues
of his character: I have also a fine parcel of murdered innocents, which I meant to have filled up with the story of Herod; but if any gentleman thinks fit to lay the scene in Ghent, and make a modern composition of it, I am bold to say my pretty babes will not disgrace the pathos of the subject, nor violate the Costuma. I took a notable sketch of a man hanging, and seized him just in the dying twitches, before the last stretch gave a stiffness and rigidity unfavourable to the human figure; this I would willingly accommodate to the wishes of any lady, who is desirous of preserving a portrait of her lover, friend or husband in that interesting attitude.
These, cum multis aliis, are part of my stock on hand, and I hope, upon my arrival at my lodgings in Blood-bowl-alley, to exhibit them with much credit to myself, and to the entire satisfaction of such of my neighbours in that quarter, as may incline to patronize the fine arts, and restore the credit of this drooping country.
Ουδέν γαρ ούτως ήδύ ανθρώποις έφυ
“ Still to be tattling, still to prate,
HE humours and characters of a
popuTlous county town at a distance from the capital furnish matter of much amusement to a curious observer. I have now been some weeks resident in a place of this description, where I have been continually treated with the private lives and little scandalizing anecdotes of almost every person of any note in it. Having passed most of my days in the capital, I could not but remark the striking difference between it and these subordinate capitals in this particular: in London we are in the habit of looking to our own affairs, and caring little about those, with whom we have no dealings : here every body's business seems to be no less his neighbour's concern than his own: A set of tattling gossips (including all the idlers in the place male as well
as female) seem to have no other employment for their time or tongue, but to run from house to house, and circulate their silly stories up and down. A few of these contemptible impertinents I shall now defcribe.
Miss Penelope Tabby is an antiquated maiden of at least forty years standing, a great observer of decorum, and particularly hurt by the behaviour of two young ladies, who are her next-door neighbours, for a custom they have of lolling out of their windows and talking to fellows in the street: The charge cannot be denied, for it is certainly a practice these young ladies indulge them selves in very freely; but on the other hand it must be owned Miss Pen Tabby is also in the babit of lolling out of her window at the same time to Itare at them, and put them to shame for the levity of their conduct: They have also the crime proved upon them of being unpardonably handsome, and this they neither can nor will attempt to contradicł. Miss Pen Tabby is extremely regular at morning prayers, but the complains heavily of a young staring fellow in the pew next to her own, who violates the solemnity of the service by ogling her at her devotions : He has a way of Jeaning over the pew, and dangling a white hand ornamented with a flaming paste ring, which
sometimes plays the lights in her eyes, so as to make them water with the reflection, and Miss Pen has this very natural remark ever ready on the occasion—" Such things, you know, are “ apt to take off one's attention.”
Another of this illustrious junto is Billy Bachelor, an old unmarried petit-maitre: Billy is a courter of antient standing; he abounds in anecdotes not of the freshest date, nor altogether of the most interesting fort; for he will tell you how such and such a lady was dressed, when he had the honour of handing her into the drawingroom ; he has a court-atalantis of his own, from which he can favour you with some hints of fly doings amongst maids of honour, particularly of a certain dubious duchess now deceased, (fer he names no names) who appeared at a certain masquerade in puris naturalibus, and other wonderful discoveries, which all the world has long ago known, and long ago been tired of. Billy has a smattering in the fine arts, for he can nett purses and make admirable coffee and write fonnets; he has the best receipt in nature for a dentifrice, which he makes up with his own hands, and gives to such ladies, as are in his favour and have an even row of teeth : He can boast some skill in music, for he plays Barberini's