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the Value of a Half-penny : but 'tis possible, at his Time of Life, &c. nothing of this Sort will be undertaken. The two Things at present remarkable are, his Lodge and his Chapel. The Portico of the former, (designed by FleetCROFT) affords three different and striking Prospects. The Chapel is so very superb and elegant, that Mrs. GATAKER has nothing to do but send you and me thither, to say our Prayers in it. In reality, it is perfect Luxury; as, I truly thought it, last Sunday Se’en-night; bis Pew is a Room with an handsome Fire-place; the Ceiling carved, painted in Compartments, and the Remainder enriched with gilt StuccoOrnaments; the Walls enriched in the same Manner; the best painted Windows I ever faw: the Monument to his Father, Mother, and Brothers, coft, he faid, 2cool, the middle Aisle rendered comfortable by Iron Stoves, in the Shape of Urns; the Organ perfectly neat, and good, in Proportion to its Size : and to this Chapel you are led through a Gallery of Paintings seventy Feet long-And what would you more? You'll say, a good Sermon— I really think his Parson is able to preach one.
And now I come, lastly, to speak of your Letter I received on Monday. What an uncommon Man you are! to take so much Thought for those, who never took any for themselves ! I have enquired after. Mr. WEDDERBURNE, and it seems he is a very clever and a very rising Lawyer; to whom I am the more obliged for mentioning me, as I fear I have not the Honour of being the least known to him,
Pray write to me as soon as possible, and I will make you Amends (if Writing will make Amends) for the scandalous Omiffions of which I have been guilty. I have somewhat to tell you of Lord L-'s usual great Kindness, when the Lords D- and W- were last at Hagley; but I have not Time, and must conclude, my dearest, worthiest Friend !
L ET TER II,
W. SHENSTONE, Esq. to Mr. G.
Correspondent, and find by your Letter that I am to expect very few future ones. I will endeavour all I can, to avoid any Sufpicion of your Indifference for my own Satisfaction; but I don't know for certain, that I fhall be able, unless you assiit my Endeavours, like my good Genius, by a Course of suitable Epistles, at certain Distances.
I myself correspond but very little now,
will meet with the more Indulgence. I don't find by your Letter that you have much more Philosophy than me. I can't tell, indeed, what the Situation of your House is; I own, mine gives me Offence on no other consideration, than that it does not receive a sufficient Number of polite Friends, or that it is not fit to receive them, were they so disposed; I would else cultivate an Acquaintance with about three or four in my Neighbourhood, that are of a Degree of Elegance and Station superior to the common run. But I make it a certain Rule,“ Srcere profanum Vulgus” * -Persons who will despise you for the Want of a good Set of Chairs, or an uncouth Fire-Shovel, at the fame Time that they can't taste any Excellence in a Mind that overlooks those Things ; or (to make a Conceit of this Sentiment) with whom 'tis in vain that your Mind is furnished, if the Walls are naked; indeed, one loses much of one's Acquisitions in Virtue, by an Hour's Converse with such as judge of Merit by Money, &c. yet I am now and then impelled by the social Passion to fit half an Hour in my Kitchen,
I was all along an Admirer of Sir THOMAS Head's Humour and Wit, and I beg you will represent me in that Light, if Occasion happens. 'Tis not impossible that I may penetrate this Winter as far as your Neighbourhood, connecting a Set of Visits which I have in my Eye. Tell Mr. WHISTLER, when you
* To banish the profane Vulgar,
fee him, that if he must have some Distemper, I cannot but be pleased that it is one which is the Fore-runner of Longevity-Don't tell him so neither, for the Compliment is trite. From the Birmingham Gazette, “ We hear that on Thursday last was married, at Hales Owen, in Shropshire, Mr. J-, an eminent Gunsmith of this Town, to a Sister of the Right Hon. F---- Lord D
I was yesterday at the Grange, where his old Father, with a Number of People, were celebrating the Nuptials of his Son; when in the Midst of his Feastings, high Jollity, and grand Alliance, the old Fellow bethought him of a Piece of Tim. ber in the Neighbourhood, that was convertible into good Gun-Stocks, and had some of it sent for into the Room, by Way of Speci" Animæ nil
Pray is your Sifter at Smelkwick ? for I have not heard. You said you would give me your Picture, which I long earnestly for; could not you contrive to have it sent me directly? I am quite in your Debt, with Regard to downright Goods and Moveables, and what is the proper
* Souls that are desirous of little Praise,