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INSCRIPTION

For the neglected Column

In the Place of

St. MARK at FLORENCE.

[Written in the Tear 1740.]

ESCAP'D a * Race, whofe vanity ne'er
rais'd
A Monument, but when Themfelves it prais'd,
Sacred to Truth O ! let this Column rife,
Pure from falfe Trophies and inferiptive Lies !
Let no Enflavers of their Country here
In impudent Relievo dare appear :
No Pontiff by a ruin'd Nation's blood
Lufting to aggrandize His Baflard brood :

* The Family of Medici.

E Be



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Be here no f Clement, % Alexander feen,
No poys'ning || Cardinal, or poys'ning § Queen 2
No Cofmo, or the f bigot Duke, or * He
Great from the wounds of dying Liberty.

No %X Lorrainer one lying §§ Arch fuffice

To tell his Virtues and his Victories :

f Cardinal "Julio de Medici, afterwards Cle-
ment VII.

X Alexander, the firjl Duke of Florence, hilled
by Lorenzino de* Medici,

|| Ferdinand the Great, was frjl Cardinal and
then became Great Duke, by poyfoning his elder
Brother Francis I. and his wife Bianca Ca-
pello.

§ Catherine of Medici, wife of Henry II. King
of France.

H Cofmo III.

* Cofmo the Great enflaved the Republics of
Florence and Siena.

XX Francis II. Duke of Lorrain, which He
gave up to France, againjl the Command of his
Mother, and the Petitions of all his Subjecls, and
bad Tufcany in Exchange.

§§ The Triumphal Arch erecled to Him without
the Porta San Galk*

Beneath



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Beneath his foft'ring eye how * Commerce thriv'd,
Beneath his Smile how drooping Arts reviv'd :
Let it relate, e'er fince His Rule begun,
Not what He has, but what He fhou'd have done.

Level with Freedom, let this Pillar mourn,
Nor rife, before the radrant Blifs return ;
Then tow'ring boldly to the Skies proclaim
Whate'er (hall be the Patriot Hero's Name,
Who, a new Brutus, (hall his Country free,
And, like a GOD, ftiall fay, Let there bb
Liberty !



* Tivo Infcriptions over the hjfer Arches call him
<c Rejlitutor Commercii, and Propagator Bonarum
<c Artium" as his Equejlrian Statue on Horjeback
trampling on Turks , on the fummit^ represents the
viSlories that He was defigned to gain over that
People^ when He received the co?nmand of the Em*
peror's Armies , but was prevented by fome Fivers*



E % The



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The BEAUTIES.

An Epistle to Mr. Eckardt the Painter.

[Written in the Tear i 746. J

TH^ Efponding artift, talk no more

■*~^ Of Beauties of the days of yore.

Of GoddefTes renown'd in Greece,

And Zeuxis' compofition-piece,

Where every nymph that could at mpft

Some fingle grace or feature boaft,

Contributed her favorite charm

To perfect the ideal form.

'Twas Cynthia's brow, 'twas Lesbia's eye,

'Twas Cloe's cheek's vermilion dye ;

Roxana lent the noble air,

Difhevell'd flow'd Aspasia's hair,

And Cupid much too fondly prefs'd

His mimic mother Thais' breaft.



Antiquity, how poor thy ufe !
A fingle Venus to produce I



Friend



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Friend Eckardt, ancient ftory quit,
Nor mind whatever Pliny writ ;
Felibien and Frefnoy difclaim,
Who talk of Raphael's matchlefs fame,
Of Titian's tints, Corregio's grace,
And Carlo's each Madonna face,
As if no Beauties now were made,
But Nature had forgot her trade.
*Twas Beauty guided Raphael's line,
From heavenly Women ftyl'd divine ;
They warm'd old Titian's fancy too,
And what he could not tafte, he drew :
Think you Devotion warm'd his bread
When Carlo with fuch looks exprefs'd
His virgins, that her vot'ries feel
Emotions not, I'm fure, of zeal ?

In Britain's ifle obferve the Fair,
And curious chufe your models there ;
Such patterns as fhall raife your name
To rival fweet Corregio's fame :
Each finglc piece fhall be a teft,
And Zeuxis' patchwork but a jefr. ;
Who ranfack'd Greece, and cull'd the age
To bring one Goddefs on the ftage :

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On your each eanvafs we'll admire

The charms of the whole heav'nly choir.

Majeftic Juno fhall be feen
In * Hervey's glorious awful mien.
Where f Fitzroy moves, refplendent Fair 3
So warm her bloom, fublime her air %
Her ebon trefTes, form'd to grace,
And heighten while they fliade her face;
Such troops of martial youth around,
Who court the hand that gives the wound $
*Tis Pallas, Pallas ftands confefs'd,
Tho' % Stanhope's more than Paris blefs'd.
So || Cleveland flione in warlike pride,
By LeJy's pencil deify'd :
So § Grafton, matchlefs dame, commands;
The faireft work of Kneller's hands :

* Mifs Hervey^ now Lady Lepelk Phipps.,
+ Lady Caroline Fitzroy.
% Lord Peterjham.

H The Ducbefs of Cleveland like Pallas among
the beauties at Windjor.

§ The Ducbefs of Grafton among the beauties

at Hampton-Court*

The



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The blood that warm'd each amorous court.
In veins as rich ftill loves to fport :
And George's age beholds reftor'd,
What William boafted, Charles ador'd.

For Venus's the Trojan ne'er
Was half fo puzzled to declare :
Ten Queens of Beauty, fure I fee f
Yet fure the true is * Emily :
Such majefty of youth and air,
Yet modeft as the village fair :
Attracting all, indulging none,
Her beauty like the glorious Sun
Thron'd eminently bright above,
Impartial warms the world to love.

In fmiling + C a pel's bounteous look
Rich Autumn's Goddefs is miftook :
With poppies and with fpiky corn,
Eckardt, her nut-brown curls adorn ;
And by her fide, in decent line,
Place charming J Berkeley, Proferpinc.

* Lady Emily Lenox ', now Count efs of Rildare*

t Lady Mary CapeL

J Elizabeth Drax Countefs of Berkeley*

Mild



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Mild as a fummer fca, ferene,
In dimpled beauty next be {ten
* Aylesb'ry, like hoary Neptune's Queen.

With her the light-difpenfmg Fair,
Whofe beauty gilds the mornino- air,
And bright as her attendant fun,
The new Aurora, f Lyttleton.
Such J Guido's pencil beauty-tip'd,
And in etherial colours dip'd,
In meafur'd dance to tuneful fong
Drew the fweet Goddefs, as along
Heaven's azure 'neath their light feet fpread,
The buxom Hours fhe faireft led.

The crefcent on her brow difplay'd,
In curls of Joveliefr brown inlaid,
With every charm to rule the night,
Like Dian, || Strafford woos the fight ;



* Caroline Campbell Count efs of Aylefbury.

f Mifi Lucy Fortefcue^ firjl wife of George now
Lord Lyttleton.

% Guide's Aurora in the Rofpigliofi Palace at
Rome.

j| Lady Anne Campbell Count efs of Strafford.

The



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The eafy fhape, the piercing eye,
The fnowy bofom's purity,
The unaffected gentle phrafe
Of native wit in all me fays ;
Eckardt, for thefe thy art's too faint :
You may admire, but cannot paint.

How Hebe fmil'd, what bloom divine
On the young Goddefs lov'd to fhine,
From f Carpenter we guefs, or fee
All-beauteous X Manners beam from thee.

How pretty Flora, wanton maid,
By Zephyr woo'd in noon-tide made,
With rofy hand coquetly throwing
Panfies, beneath her fweet touch blowing ;
How blithe (he look'd, let || Fanny tell 3
Let Zephyr own if half fo well.

Another § Goddefs of the year,
Fair Queen of fummer, fee, appear ;

f Mifs Carpenter j fince Countefs of Egremont.

% Mifs Manners, Jince married to Capt. Hall.

H Mifs Fanny Maccartney^ married to Mr.
Greville*

§ Pomona, F Her



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Her auburn locks with fruitage crown'd,

Her panting bofom loofely bound,

Etherial beauty in her face,

Rather the beauties of her race,

Whence ev'ry Goddefs, envy-fmit,

Muft own each Stonehoufe meets in || Pitt..

Exhaufted all the heav'nly train,
How many Mortals yet remain,
Whofe eyes fhall try your pencil's art,
And in my numbers claim a part ?
Our fifter Mufes muft defcribe
§ Chudleigh, or name her of the tribe ;
And J Juliana with the Nine
Shall aid the melancholy line,
To weep her dear f Refemblance gone,
Where all thefe beauties met in One*
Sad fate of beauty ! more I fee,
Afflicted, lovely family !

§ Mifs Atkins*, now Mrs. Pitt. Lady Atkins,
her mother •, was a Stonehoufe.

|| Mifs Chudleigh.

X Lady Juliana Farmor, face married to Mr*
Pen.

+ Lady Sophia Farmor> Count efs of Granville*

Tw#



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Two beateous Nymphs here, Painter, place,
Lamenting o'er their * fitter Grace,
j| One, matron-like, with fober grief,
Scarce gives her pious fighs relief;
While § t'other lovely Maid appears
In all the melting pow'r of tears ;
The fofteft form, the gentleft grace.
The fweeteft harmony of face ;
Her fnowy limbs, and artlefs move
Contending with the Queen of Love,
While bafhful beauty fhuns the prize,
Which Emily might yield to Evelyn's eyes.

* Mifs Mary Evelyn,

|| Mrs. Boone.

§ Mifs Elizabeth Evelyn, fince married to Peter
Bathurfty Efq,



EPILOGUE



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EPILOGUE to TAMERLANE,

On the Suppreffion of the Rebellion.

Spoken by Mrs. Pritchard, in the Character of
the Comic Muse, Nov. 4, 1746.

BRITONS, once more in annual joy wc
meet
This genial night in Freedom's fav'rite feat :
And o'er the || two great empires ftill I reign
Of Covent-Garden, and of Drury-Lane.
Bat ah ! what clouds o'er all our realms impended !
Our ruin artlefs prodigies portended.
Chains, real chains, our Heroes had in view,
And fcenes of mimic dungeons chang'd to true.
An equal fate the Stage and Britain dreaded,
Had Rome's young miflionary Spark fucceeded.
But Laws and Liberties are trifling treafures ;
He threaten'd that grave property, your Pleafures*

|| The two great empires of the world I know.
This of Per «, and that of Mexico.

Indian Emperor,

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For me, an idle Mufe, I ne'er diffembled
My fears ; but e'en my tragic Sifter trembled :
O'er all her Sons fhe caft her mournful eyes,
And heav'd her bread more than dramatic fighs ;
To eyes well-tutor'd in the trade of grief,
She rais'd a fmall and well-lac'd handkerchief;

And then with decent paufe and accent broke.

Her bufkin'd progeny the Dame befpoke :

" Ah ! Sons, j| our dawn is over-caft, and all

u Theatric glories nodding to their fall ;

•* From foreign realms a bloody Chief is come,

<c Big with the work of Slav'ry and of Rome.

" A general ruin on his fword he wears,

" Fatal alike to Audience and to Play'rs.

€C For ah ! my fons, what freedom for the Stage,

" When bigotry with (cnfe fhall battle wage ?

*< When monkifh Laureats only wear the bays,

«< § Inquifitors Lord Chamberlains of plays ?

j| The dawn is over-caft, the morning lours,
And heavily in clouds brings on the day,
The great, th y important day, big with the fate
Of Cato and of Rome, Cato.

§ Cibber preftde Lord Chancellor of Plays. Pope.

« Play*



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M Plays fhall be damn'd that 'fcap'd the Critic's

rage,
<c For Pr lefts are ftill worfe Tyrants to the Stage,
" Cato, receiv'd by audiences fo gracious,
44 Shall find ten Caefars in one St. Ignatius :
w And godlike Brutus here fhall meet again
44 His evil Genius in a Capuchin.
44 For herefy the fav'rites of the pit
44 Muft burn, and excommunicated wit ;
44 And at one flake we fhall behold expire
44 My Anna Bullen, and the Spanifh Fryar.

44 Ev'n || Tamerlane, whofe fainted name

appears
44 Red-letter'd in the calendar of play'rs,
" Oft as thefe feftal rites attend the morn

44 Of liberty reftor'd, and William born : ~

44 But at That Name what tranfports flood my

eyes !
44 What golden vifion's this I fee arife !



|| Tamerlane is always a tied on the ^th and $th
cf November y the Anniverfaries of King Williams
birth and landing.

44 What



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"What Youth is he with comelieft conqueft:

crown'd,
u His warlike brow with full-blown laurels bound ?
** What wreaths are thefe that VicYry dares to

join,
c< And blend with trophies of my fav'rite Boyne ?
<c Oh ! if the Mufe can happy aught prefage,
" Of new deliv'rance to the State and Stage ;
" If not untaught the characters to fpell
M Of all who bravely fight or conquer well ;
" || Thou fhalt be William like the Laft

defign'd
* c The tyrant's fcourge, and blefling of mankind ;
<c Born civil tumult and blind zeal to quell,
M That teaches happy fubje&s to rebel.
" Naffau himfelf but half our vows fhall fharc,
" -Divide our incenfe and divide our pray'r ;
" And oft as Tamerlane fhall lend his fame ~\
" To fhadow His, thy rival Star (hall claim (
M § Th* ambiguous laurel and the doubtful I

name.

|| Tu MarceUus eris. ViRG.

§ Conditor Ilia do s cant a bit ur at que Maronis
Altifoni dubiam facientia carmina paimarn. Ju v.

THE



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T HE

ENTAIL,

A

FABLE.



IN a fair Summer's radiant morn
A Butterfly, divinely born,
Whofe lineage dated from the mud
Of Noah's or Deucalion's flood,
Long hov'ring round a perfum'd lawn,
By various gufts of odours drawn,
At laft eftablifh'd his repofe
On the rich bofom of a Rofe.



* This piece was occafioned by the author being
fijked [after he had finijhed the little caJUe at Straw-
berry-hill and adorned it with the portraits and arms
of his ancejlors] if he did not dejign to entail it on
his Family ?

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The palace pleas'J the lordly gueft :
What infect own'd a prouder neft?
The dewy leaves luxurious fhed
Their balmy odours o'er his head,
And with their filken tapeftry fold
His limbs enthron'd on central gold.
He thinks the thorns embattled round
To guard his cattle's lovely mound,
And all the bum's wide domain
Subfervient to his fancied reign.

Such ample blefiings fwell'd the Fly !
Yet in his mind's capacious eye
He roll'd the change of mortal things,
The common fate of Flies and Kings.
With grief he faw how lands and honours
Are apt to Aide to various owners ;
Where Mowbrays dwelt how Grocers dwell,
And how Cits buy what Barons fell.
M Great Phoebus, patriarch of my line,
" Avert fuch fhame from Sons of thine !
<c To them confirm thefe roofs," he faid ;
And then he fwore an oath fo dread,
The ftouteft Wafp that wears a fword,
Had trembled to have heard the word !

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tc If Law can rivet down entails,

" Thefe manours ne'er (hall pafs to fnails.

" 1 fwear " and then he fmote his ermine —

a Thefe tow'rs were never built for vermine."

A Caterpillar grovel'd near,
A fubtle flow Convevancer,
Who fummon'd, waddles with his quill
To draw the haughty InfecYs will.
None but his Heirs muft own the fpot,
Begotten, or to be begot :
Each leaf he binds, each bud he ties
To eggs of eggs of Butterflies.

When lo ! how Fortune loves to teaze
Thofe who would di&ate her decrees !
A wanton Boy was pafling by ;
The wanton child beheld the Fly,
And eager ran to feize the prey ;
But too impetuous in his play,
Crufh'd the proud Tenant of an hour,
And fwept away the Mansion-P^lqw'r.



E riGRAM



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EPIGRAM
On Admiral Ve r n o n

Prefiding oyer the Herrin g-F ishery,
MDCCL



LON G in the Senate had brave Vernon raiTd,
And all mankind with bitter tongue alTail'd \
Sick of his noife, we wearied heav'n with pray'r
In his own element to place the Tar.
The Gods at length have yielded to our wifh,
And bad Him rule o'er Billingfgate and Fifln



EPITAPH



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EPITAPH

On the Cenotaph of Lady Walpole, ere Sled
in the Chapel of Henry VII. in West-
minster-Abbey, in July 1754.

To the Memory

O F

Catherine Lady Walpole,

Eldeft Daughter of John Shorter Efq;
of Bybrook in Kent,
and

Firft Wife of Sir Robert Walpole,
afterwards Earl of Orford,

Horace,

Her youngeft Son,
Confecrates this Monument*

She



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She had beauty and wit

Without vice or vanity,

And cultivated the arts

Without affe&ation.

She was devout,

Though without bigotry to any fed: ;

And was without prejudice to any party*

Though the Wife of a Minifter,

Whofe power She elleemed,

But when She could employ it to benefit the miferabie,

Or to reward the meritorious.

She loved a private life,

Though born to fhine in public ;

And was an ornament to Courts,

* Untainted by them.

She died August 20, 1737.

* Mr. Yovzfaidy " She was untainted by a Court' 9

A



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A

SCHEME

FOR RAISING

A large Sum of Money for the Ufe of the
GOVERNMENT,

By laying a Tax on

Message-Cards and Notes.

Fir/I printed /*N° IT. of the Mufeum, April, 1746.

To the Keeper of the MUSEUM,
S I R,

AS you have opened a Mufeum for literary
CuriofttieSy I think the following paper
may merit a place in your repofitory, which I
afk for it upon the genuine foot of a rarity.
The notion I have of a Mufeum, is an hofpital
for every thing that is fmgular ; whether the
thing have acquired Angularity, from having
efcaped the rage of Time ; from any natural
oddnefs in itfelf, or from being fo infignificant,
that nobody ever thought it worth their while to

produce



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produce any more of the fame fort. Intrinfic
value has little or no property in the merit of
curiofities. Mifers, though the moft intenfe of
all colteftorsy are never allowed to be virtuo/bei,
becaufe guineas, dollars, ducats, &c. are too
common to deferve the title of rarities ; and
unlefs one man could attain to the poflemon of
the whole fpecie, he would never be laid to have
a fine collodion of money. Neither * Sir Gilded
Heathen, nor the late \ Princefs of Mildenheim,
were ever efreemed virtuofoes. A Phyfician who
lives in a garret, and does not get a guinea in
a week, is more renowned for the poffemon of
an illegible Caraujius, than Dr. Mithridate, who
unloads his pocket every night of twenty or
thirty new Lima guineas.

To inftance in two forts of things, w r hich I
faiii had pretenficns to places in a Mufeum. If
the learned World could be fo happy as to dis-
cover a Rtimim's old fhoe (provided that the Li-
terati were agreed it were a fhoe, and not a
leathern cafque, a drinking vefTel, a ballotting
box, or an Empreffes head-attire) fuch fhoe

* Sir Gilbert Heaihcote.

f Duckefs of Marlborough. would



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would immediately have the entree into any col-
lection in Europe ; even though it appeared to
be the fhoe of the moft vulgar artizan in Rome,
and not to have belonged to any beau of Claflic
memory. And the reafon is plain ; not that
there is any intrinfic value in an old fhoe, but
becaufe an old Roman fhoe would be a Unique ;
a term which you, Sir, who have erected a Mu-~
feum^ know perfectly well is a patent of Antiquity.
Natural oddity is another kind of merit which I
mentioned. Monftrous births, hermaphrodites,
petrifactions, &c. are all true members of a col-
lection. A man perfectly virtuous might be laid
up in a Mufeum^ not for any intrinfic worth,
but for being a rarity \ and a dealer might honeft-
ly demand five hundred pounds for fuch a man
of Sir Hans Sloane or Dr. Meade. A third fort
(and I will not run into any more defcriptions)
are things become rare from their infignificance.
Of this fpecies was that noble collection of
foolifh tracts in the Harleian library, puritanical
fermons, party-pamphlets, voyages, &c. which
being too ftupid to be ever re-printed, grew valu-
able, as they grew fcarce. So modern a thing as
a Queen Anne's Farthing has rifen to the dignity
of a curiofity, merely becaufe there were but a
H few



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few of them ftruck. Some Induflxious artifts,
who would have the greateft fcruple of counter-
feiting the current coin of the kingdom, have
been fo blinded by their love of virtu, as to imi-
tate thefe rare farthings, looking upon them
folely as curiofities. I juft mention this for the
fake of thofe laborious medallifts ; becaufe the
prefent honorable Attorney-General, though a
very learned man, is no Antiquarian, and might
pofiibly be of an opinion, that thofe admirable
copies would come under the penalties of the
ftatute againft clipping and coining.

But to come to my point. It is under this
laft denomination, Sir, that I apply to you for a
place in your Mufeu?n. A fcheme for raifing
money may (as I fear the age is too obftinate in
their luxury to fuffer their follies to be taxed)
be admitted into a colleftion, as well as fome of
thofe pieces which I mentioned to have rilled the
Harleian fhelves ; efpecially as it will have a
double title to a rarity. Firft, from never having
been thought of by any other perfon ; and fe-
condly, as it will give pofterity fome light into
the cuftoms of the prefent age. It is this merit
that has preferved the works of the elder Pliny,

an



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an author who in his own time, I fuppofe, was
upon a little better foot than the editors of the
Daily Advertifers^ the Vade-Mecums^ and the
Magazines. We are glad to know now how
much a luxurious Roman laid out on a fupper,
a flave or a villa, a miftrefs or a tame carp ;
how much Pompey expended on a public fhow ;
or to read the order of a procefiion. But though
this author now elbows Virgil and Horace, and
equally em ploys the fpe&acles of the Gronovius's
and the Harduins, I am perfuaded his works at
Rome were never advanced above being read in
the Steward's parlour. But hereafter I expect,
that Mr. Salmon, Sylvanus Urban, and myfelf,
fliall be as good dailies as Mr, Pope and Mr.
Prior.

One of the lateft and moft accepted fafhions
is the fending Cards and Notes : A cuftom that
might perhaps efcape the knowledge of pofterity,
if you and T, Sir, did not jointly tranfmit an
account of it down to them. No bufinefs, that
is no bufinefs, is now carried on in this great
city, but by this expedient. How Congreve,
Farquhar, and the Comic writers of the laft age
would be chagrined, to find that half the wit of
H 2 their



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their plays is already obfolete ! Foible and Archer
are grown dull characters by the difufe of verbal
meflages. But thank heaven ! the age has made
great progrefs in litterature, and all thofe fatal
miftakes and irreparable quarrels that formerly
happened in the polite world, by Ladies trufting
long meflages to the faithlefs memory of fervants,
are now remedied by their giving themfelves the
trouble to tranfmit their commands to cards and
paper; at once improving themfelves in fpelling,
and adjufting the whole ceremonial of engage-
ments, without the poflibility of errors. Not
to mention the great encouragement given to
the Stationary trade, by the large demands for
crow-quills, paper, wafers, &c. commodities
that are all the natural produce of this country,

I know a celebrated legiflator and reformer
of manners, who not being fo deeply read in
the fafhions as he is in the vices of the age, was
unhappily drawn into a miftake by his ignorance
of this cuftom. About two years ago, this
gentleman had thoughts of enforcing and letting
cut the laws againft gaming ; and being very nice
and exacl: in his method of proceeding, he was
determined to lay before Parliament, a calcula-
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tion of the numbers of gamefters, games, and
circulation of money played for in the cities of
London and Weftminfter. In order to this, he
flrft went to an eminent card maker, and en-
quired into the ebb and flow of his bufinefs ;
and with great fecret fatisfa&ion was informed,
that the tradefman fold, upon a moderate com-
putation, twenty dozen packs of cards in a
week, more than he ufed to do a few years ago.
The honefr. reformer was excefftvely pleafed with
his difcovery ; for a real zealot is never fo happy
as when he finds vice grown to fo monftrous a
height, that every body will allow it neceflary to
be regulated. But he was terribly puzzled when
the card-maker told him, that at leafl two thirds
of the number were blank cards y or cards with-
out pips. To fatisfy his furprize, he even ven-
tured himfelf into a celebrated gaming-houfe at
this end of the town ; to find out in what game
the libertines of this age had fo far refined upon
their anceftors, as to be able to pra&ife with
piplefs cards. In fhort, it was not till fome
time after, that he difcover'd that thefe blank
cards were on purpofe to write meffages. He
then exclaimed againft the extravagance of our

women,



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women, who would not condefccnd to ufe their
old cards to write upon, but were at the expence
of clean ones; but it was proved to him, that a
woman of moderate fafhion could not pofiibly
have cards enough ufed at her houfe to ferve her
for meflages, and that therefore it was cheaper to
purchafe blank cards, becaufe not being framped,
they pay no duty, and are confequently half in
half cheaper to the confumer. For example;
fuppofing a lady has but one aflembly a month,
to which fhe invites four hundred perfons ; many
difappointing her, fix perfons belonging to each
table, two or three fets playing with the fame
cards, and feveral not playing at all, we may
reckon that (he never has above ten tables, to
which allowing two packs, (he, at that rate,
can ufe but twenty packs a month \ now I fhall
eafily make it appear, that that number cannot


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