compaigo. Letters from Dresden are very parsicular in the account of the gallantry and mag: milicence, in which that court has appeared fince the arrival of the king of Denmark. No day has passed in which public fnows have not been exhibited for his entertainment and diverfion : the last of that kind which is mentioned is a caroufal, wherein many of the youth of the first quality, drcfied in the most fplendid man, ref, ran for the prize. His Danish najefty condescended to the same; but having obfirved that there was a design laid to throw it in his way, paffed by without attempting to gain it. The court of Dresden was preparing to accompany lis. Danish majesty to Potsdam, where the expectation of an interview of three kings had drawn together such niultitudes of people, tirae many perions of distinction will be obliged to lie in tents, as long as those courts continue in that place.

*** Just publislied, Memoirs of the Life and Adponitures of Signior ROZELLI, at the Hague, giving a particular account of his birth, education, flavery, monaitic life, imprisonment in the inquisition at Rome, and the different figures he has since made as well in Italy as in France and Holland, &c. Bone into English from the second edition of the French, &c. Price' 5s.

N.P. This was the fellow alluded to TAT. No 9, 2:1d mati.

N° 34.

N 34.

Tuesday, June 28, 1709.


Quicquid agunt bomines

noftri eft farrago libelle.

Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86. 6 Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, “ Our motley paper seizes for its theine."

By Isaac BICKERSTAFF, Esquire.

White's Chocolate-house, June 25. L AVING taken upon me to cure all the 11 distempers which proceed from affections of the mind, I have laboured, since I first kept this public ftage, to do all the good I could, and have perfected many cuies at my own lodgings ; carefully arciding the common method of mountebanks, to do their most eminent operations in sight of the people; but must be so just to my patients as to declare, they have testified under their hands their sento of iny poor abilities, and the good I have done them, which I publish for the benefit of the world, and not out of any thoughts of private advantage.

I have cured fine Mrs. Spy of a great impero fection in her eyes, which made her eternally

rolling rolling them from one coxcomb to another in public places, in so languishing a manner, that it at once lessened her own power, and her be.. holders vanity. Twenty drops of my ink, placed in certain letters on which she attentively looked for half an hour, have restored her to the true use of her fight; which is, to guide, and not mislead us. Ever since she took the liquor, which I call BICKERSTAFF's circumSpečlion-water, she looks right forward, and can bear being looked at for half a day without returning one glance. This water has a peculiar virtue in it, which makes it the only true cosmetic or beauty-wash in the world: the nature of it is such, that if you go to a glass with a design to adınire your face, it immediately changes it into downright deformity. If you consult it only to look with a better countenance upon your íriends, it immediately gives an alacrity to the visage, and new grace to the whole person. There is indeed a great deal owing to the constitution of the person to whom it is applied : it is in vain to give it when the patient is in the rage of the distem: per ; a bride in her first month, a lady soon after her husband's being knighted, or any per. son of either sex, who has lately obtained any new good fortune or preferment, must be prepared fome time before they use it. It has an effect upon others, as well as the patient, when it is


taken in due form. Lady PETULANT has by the use of it cured her husband of jealousy, and lady Gad her whole neighbourhood of detraction.

The fame of these things, added to my being an old fellow, makes me extremely acceptable to the fair sex. You would hardly believe me, when I tell you there is not a man in town fo much their delight as myself. They make no more of visiting me, than going to madami DEPINGLE's *; there were two of them, namely, DAMIA and CLIDAMIRA, (I assure you women of distinction) who came to see me this morning in their way to prayers ; and being in a very diverting humour (as innocence always. makes people chearful), they would needs have me, according to the distinction of PRETTY and, VERY PRETTY fellows, inform them, if I thought either of them had a title to the VERY PRETTY among those of their own sex; and if I did, which was the more deserving of the two?

To put them to the trial, “ Look ye,” said I, “I must not rafhly give my judgement in " matters of this importance; pray let me see “ you dance, I play upon the kit.” They im. mediately fell back to the lower end of the room (you may be sure they courtefied low enough to me) and began. Never were two

Tat. Nos 3, 10, and 33. and nole.


in the ivorld so equally matched, and both fcholars to my name-fake ISAAC%. Never was man in fo dangerous a condition as myself, when they began to expand their charmis. “Oh! • ladies, ladies,” cried I, “ not half that air, 66 you will fire the house." Both smiled ; for, by the bye, there is no carrying a metaphor too far, when a lady's charms are ipoken of. Somebody, I think, has called a fine woman danc. ing, “ a brandished torch of beauty. These rivals moved with such an agreeable freedom, that you would believe their gesture was the neceffary effect of the music, and not the product of skill and practice. Now CLID AMIR A came on with a crowd of graces, and demanded my judgement with so sweet an air-and she had no sooner carried it, but Damia made her utterly forgot, by a gentle. finking, and a rigadoon step. The contest held a full half-hour; and, I protest, I saw no manner of difference in their perfections, until they came up together, and expected sentence. “ Look ye, ladies," said I, “I see no difference in the least in your “ performance; but you, CLIDAMIRA, seemi co to be fo well satisfied that I shall determine tó for you, that I must give it to Damia, who « ftands with so much diffidence and fear, after “ fhewing an equal merit to what the pretends

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* Mr. Isaac, a famous dancing-master at that time, was a Frenchman, and a Roman Cairolic. BABILLARD.

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