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From my own Apartment, June 27. Being of a very spare and hective conftitu. tion, I am forced to make frequent journeys of a mile or two for fresh air; and indeed by this last, which was no farther than the village of Chelsea, I am farther convinced of the necessity of travelling to know the world : for, as it is usual with young voyagers, as soon as they land upon a fhore, to begin their accounts of the nature of the people, their foil, their government, their inclinations, and their paffions; fo really. I fancied I could give you an immediate description of this village, from the five fields where the robbers lie in wait, to the coffeehouse where the Literati fit in council. A great ancestor of ours by the mother's fide, Mr. Jurtice OVERDO * (whose history is written by BEN JONSON), met with more enormities by
house where tnbbers lie in from the five
* ADAM OVERDO, a name given to a Justice of Peace whose character is drawn in “ Bartholomew Fair,” a comedy so called, by Ben JONSON, 1614. .. Vol. I.
walking incognito than he was capable of cor. recting; and found great mortifications in obo ferving also persons of eminence, whom he before knew nothing of. Thus it fared with me, even in a place so near the town as this. When I came into the coffee-house, I had not time to falute the company, before my eye was diverted by ten thousand gimcracks round the room, and on the cieling. When my first astonishment was over, comes to me a fage of a thin and meagre countenance; which aspect made me doubt, whether reading or fretting had made it so philosophic: but I very soon perceived him to be of that fect which the antients call Gingivistæ; in our language, toothdrawers. I immediately had a respect for the man; for these practical philosophers go upon a very rational hypothesis, not to cure, but take away the part affected. My love of inankind made me very benevolent to Mr. Salter *; for such is the name of this eminent barber and antiquary. Men are usually, but unjustly, distinguished rather by their fortunes than their talents, otherwise this personage would inake a great figure in that class of men which I dis
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* Mr. SALTER was a noted barber, who began to make a collection of natural curiosities, which acquired him the name (probably firit given him by Steele) of Don SALTERO. He latterly kept a coffee-house, which still sublists, where his curiosities are yet to be seen, and are shown by his daughter. P. See Tat. Nos 195. and 226.
tinguish under the title of Odd Fellows. But it is the misfortune of persons of great genius to have their faculties diffipated by attention to , too many things at once. Mr. SALTER is an instance of this : if he would wholly give himself up to the string **, instead of playing twenty beginnings to tunes, he might, before he dies, play Roger de Caubly quite out. I heard him go through his whole round, and indeed I think he does play the “Merry Christ Church bells t" pretty juftly; but he confessed to me, he did that rather to shew he was orthodox, than that he valued himself upon the music itself. Or, if he did proceed in his anatomy, why might he not hope in time to cut off legs, as well as. draw teeth? The particularity of this man put me into a deep thought, whence it should proceed, that of all the lower order, barbers should go further in hitting the ridiculous than any other sett of men. Watermen brawl, coblers fing: but why must a barber be for ever a politician, a musician, an anatomist, a poet, and a physician? The learned Vossius says, his
* There was no passing his house, if he was at home, with out having one's ears grated with the sound of his fiddle, on which he seraped most execrably.
+ A well known, and still celebrated, catch, composed by Dr. HENRY ALDRICH, Dean of Christ Church.
“ C'est le nom de la Cathedrale de cette Ville la fameuse par so l'Université qui se vante d'etre le Boulevart de l’Orthodoxie, & " qui l'est depuis long-tems du Jacobitisme.” BABILLARD. Cc 2
barber used to comb his head in Tambics. And indeed, in all ages, one of this useful profeffion, this order of cosmetic philosophers, has been celebrated by the most eminent hands. You see the barber in Don QUIXOTE is one of the principal characters in the history; which gave me satisfaction in the doubt, why Don SAL TERO writ his name with a Spanish termination: for he is descended in a right line, not from JOHN TRADESCANT *, as he himself afserts, but from that memorable companion of the Knight of MANCHA. And I hereby certify all the worthy citizens who travel to see his rarities, that his double-barrelled pistols, targets, coats of mail, his Sclopeta and sword of Toledo, were left to his ancestor by the faid Don Quixote, and by the faid ancestor to all his progeny down to Don SALTERO. Though I go thus far in favour of Don SALETRO's great merit, I cannot allow a. liberty he takes of impofing several names (without my licence) on the collections he has made, to the abuse of
* TRADESCANT was the person who collected the curiosities which ELIAS ASHMOLE left to the University of Oxford.
Biog. Brit. Art. ASHMOLE. See a good account of the TRADESCANTS, father and son, in Phil. Tranf. vol. LXIII, p. 88, by Dr. DUCAREL, F.R. and A. SS. A monument to their memory, in Lambeth church, yard, was a few years ago replaced by Mr. BUCKMASTER, of Lambeth, who took the trouble to folicit for that purpose a pube lic subscription.
the good people of England #; one of which is particularly calculated to deceive religious persons, to the great scandal of the well-difposed, and may introduce heterodox opinions. He shews you a ftraw-hat, which I know to be made by Madge Peskad, within three miles of Bedford ; and tells you, “ It is Pontius Pi“ LATE's wife's chambermaid's sister's hat." To my knowledge of this very hat it may be added, that the covering of straw was never used among the Jews, fince it was demanded of them to make bricks without it. Therefore this is really nothing but, under the specious' pretence of learning and antiquities, to impose upon the world. There are other things which I cannot tolerate among his rarities : as, the china figure of a lady in the glass-case; the Italian engine for the imprisonment of those who go abroad with it: both which I hereby order to be taken down, or elfe he may expect to have his letters-patent for making punch superseded, be debarred wearing his muff next winter, or ever coming to London without his
* Vice Admiral MUNDEN, and some other fea officers, who had been much upon the coasts of Spain, and in the Mediterranean, frequented this house, and gave this Spanish termination to the name of the landlord, which foon came into general use. They likewise gave him the greatest part of his real or pretended curiosities, and among them a coffin containing the body or relics of a Spanish saint, who had wrought miracles, which had fallen some how or other into their hands.