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he left us, and if he does not return quickly, man in the country who has good principles and will make every mother's son of us common smokes. He added that poor Will was at present wealth's men.-DEAR SPEC., thine eternally," under great tribulation; for that Tom Touchy “ WILL HONEYCOMB." had taken the law of him for cutting some bazel

sticks out of one of his hedges.

Among other pieces of news which the knight SIR ROGER IN LONDON.

brought from his country-seat, he informed me I was this morning surprised with a great knock- that Moll White was dead; and that about a ing at the door, when my landlady's daughter month after her death the wind was so very high, came up to me and told me there was a man that it blew down the end of one of his barns, below desired to speak with me. Upon my ask“But for my own part," says Sir Roger “I do ing her who it was, she told me it was a very not think that the old woman had any hand in grave elderly person, but that she did not know | it.” his name. I immediately went down to him, He afterwards fell into an account of the and found him to be the coachman of my worthy diversions which had passed in his house during friend Sir Roger de Coverley. He told me that the holidays; for Sir Roger, after the laudable his master came to town last night, and would custom of his ancestors, always keeps open house be glad to take a turn with me in Gray's Inn at Christmas, I learned from him that he had walks. As I was wondering in myself what had killed eight fat hogs for this season ; that he brought Sir Roger to town, not having lately re- | had dealt about his chines very liberally amongst ceived any letter from him, he told me that his his neighbours ; and that in particular he had master was come up to get a sight of Prince sent a string of hog's puddings, with a pack of Eugene, and that he desired I would immediately cards, to every poor family in the parish. “I meet him.

have often thought,” says Sir Roger," it happens I was not a little pleased with the curiosity of very well that Christmas should fall out in the the old knight, though I did not much wonder middle of winter. It is the most dead, uncom. at it, having heard him say more than once in fortable time of the year, when the poor people private discourse, that he looked upon Prince would suffer very much from their poverty and Eugenio (for so the knight always calls him) to cold, if they had not got good cheer, warm fires, be a greater man than Scanderbeg.

and Christmas gambols to support them. I love I was no sooner come into Gray's Inn walks to rejoice their poor hearts at this season, and to but I heard my friend upon the terrace hemming see the whole village merry in my great hall. I twice or thrice to himself with great vigour ; for allow a double quantity of malt to my small beer, he loves to clear his pipes in good air (to make and set it a-running for twelve days to every one use of his own phrase), and is not a little pleased that calls for it, I have always a piece of cold with any one who takes notice of the strength beef and a mince pie on the table, and am wonder. which he still exerts in his morning hems. fully pleased to see my tenants pass away a

I was touched with a secret joy at the sight of whole evening in playing their innocent tricks, the good old man, who, before he saw me, was and smutting one another. Our friend Will engaged in conversation with a beggar-man that Wimble is as merry as any of them, and shows had asked an alms of him. I could hear my a thousand roguish tricks upon these occasions." friend chide him for not finding out some work ;! I was very much delighted with the reflection but at the same time saw him put his hand in of my old friend, which carried so much good. his pocket and give him sixpence,

ness in it. He then launched out into the praise Our salutations were very hearty on both sides of the late act of parliament for securing the consisting of many kind shakes of the hand, and Church of England, and told me, with great satis. several affectionate looks which we cast upon one faction, that he believed it already began to take another. After which the knight told me my effect; for that a rigid dissenter who chanced to good friend his chaplain was very well, and much dine at his house on Christmas day, had been at my service; and that the Sunday before he observed to eat very plentifully of his plum por. had made a most incomparable sermon out of Dr ridge. Barrow. “I have left," says he, “all my affairs After having despatched all our country mat. in his hands; and being willing to lay an obliga- | ters, Sir Roger made several inquiries concerning tion upon him, have deposited with him thirty the club, and particularly of his old antagonist, merks to be distributed among his poor parish Sir Andrew Freeport. He asked me, with a kind ioners."

smile, whether Sir Andrew had not taken the He then proceeded to acquaint me with the advantage during his absence to vent among them welfare of Will Wimble. Upon which he put some of his republican doctrines ; but soon after, his hand into his fob and presented me in his gathering up his countenance into a more than name with a tobacco stopper, telling me that ordinary seriousness, “Tell me truly,” says he, Will had been busy all the beginning of the “don't you think Sir Andrew had a hand in the winter in turning great quantities of them ; and pope's procession?" But without giving me that he made a preseat of one to every gentle time to answer him, “Well well,” says he, “]

know you are a wary man, and do not care to ing it. As soon as I had got it down, I found talk of public matters."

it very unpalatable; upon which the knight, The knight then asked me if I had seen Prince observing that I had made several wry faces, Eugenio, and made me promise to get him a told me that he knew I should not like it at stand in some convenient place, where he might first, but that it was the best thing in the world have a full sight of that extraordinary man, against the stone or gravel. whose presence does so much hononr to the I could have wished, indeed, that he had British nation. He dwelt very long on the acquainted me with the virtues of it sooner; praises of this great general; and I found that but it was too late to complain, and I knew since I was with him in the country, he had what he had done was out of goodwill. Sir drawn many observations together out of his Roger told me further, that he looked upon it reading in Baker's Chronicle, and other authors, to be very good for a man whilst he stayed in who always lie in his hall window, which very town, to keep off infection, and that he got much redound to the honour of this Prince. together a quantity of it upon the first news of

Having passed away the greatest part of the the sickness being at Dantzic: when of a sudden, morning in hearing the knight's reflections, which turning short to one of his servants, who stood were partly private and partly political, he asked behind him, he bid him call a lackney-coach, me if I would smoke a pipe with him over a dish and take care it was an elderly man that drove of coffee at Squire's. * As I love the old man, I | it. take delight in complying with everything that He then resumed his discourse upon Mrs is agreeable to him, and accordingly waited on Trueby's water, telling me that the Widow him to the coffee-house, where his venerable figure Trueby was one who did more good than all drew upon us the eyes of the whole room. He the doctors and apothecaries in the county : sooner seated himself at the upper end of that she distilled every poppy that grew within the high table, but he called for a clean pipe, a

five miles of her; that she distributed her medi. paper of tobacco, a dish of coffee, a wax candle, cine gratis among all sorts of people; to which and the supplement, with such an air of cheer the knight added, that she had a very great fulness and good-humour, that all the boys in the jointure, and that the whole country would fain coffee-room (who seemed to take pleasure in

have it a match between him and her; "and serving him) were at once employed on his several

truly," says Sir Roger, “if I had not been

truly," says Sir Roger, errands; insomuch that nobody else could come | engaged, perhaps I could not have done better.” at a dish of tea, until the knight had got all his

| His discourse was broken off by his man's conveniences about him.

telling him he had called a coach. Upon our going to it after having cast his eye upon the

wheels, he asked the coachman if his axletree VISIT TO WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

was good. Upon the fellow's telling him he My friend Sir Roger de Coverley told me the

would warrant it, the knight turned to me, told other night that he had been reading my paper

| me he looked like an honest man, and went in upon Westminster Abbey, “in which," says he,

without further ceremony. "there are a great many ingenious fancies.”

| We had not gone far, when Sir Roger, popping He told me, at the same time, that he observed | out his head, called the coachman down from had promised another paper upon the tombs, and his box, and upon presenting himself at the that he should be glad to go and see them with | window, asked him if he smoked. As I was me, not having visited them since he had read considering what this would end in, he bid him history. I could not at first imagine how this

stop by the way at any good tobacconist's, and came into the knight's head, till I recollected

take in a roll of their best Virginia. Nothing that he had been very busy all last summer

material happened in the remaining part of our upon Baker's Chronicle, which he has quoted journey, till we were set down at the west end several times in his disputes with Sir Andrew

of the Abbey. Freeport since his last coming to town. Accord.

| As we went up the body of the church, the ingly, I promised to call upon him the next

knight pointed at the trophies upon one of tho morning, that we might go together to the

new monuments, and cried out:“A brave man, Abbey.

I warrant him !" Passing afterwards by Sir I found the knight under the butler's hands,

Cloudesley Shovel, he flung his hand that way, who always shaves him. He was no sooner

and cried : “Sir Cloudesley Shovel I* a very dressed, than he called for a glass of the Widow gallant man!” As we stood before Busby's Trueby's water, which he told me he always

tomb, the knight uttered himself again after the drank before he went abroad. He recommended to me a dram of it at the same time, with so

* A gallant British admiral, who, while in command much heartiness that I could not forbear drink.

of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1707, perished by ship

wreck in returning home from Gibraltar. His body ' A coffee-house frequented by the students of being found was brought home, and Interred in WestGray's Inn.

minster Abbey.


same manner : “Dr Busby !* a great man ! he had been stolen away several years since; “Soma whipped my grandfather; a very great man! I Whig, I'll warrant you," says Sir Roger; “you should have gone to him myself, if I had not ought to lock up your kings better; they will been a blockhead; a very great man !"

carry off the body too, if you do not take care." We were immediately conducted into the little The glorious names of Henry V. and Queen chapel on the right hand. Sir Roger, planting Elizabeth gave the knight great opportunities himself at our historian's elbow, was very atten of shining, and of doing justice to Sir Richard tive to everything he said, particularly to the Baker, “who," as our knight observed with some account he gave us of the lord who had cut off surprise, “had a great many kings in him, whose the king of Morocco's head. Among several monuments he had not seen in the Abbey." other figures, he was very well pleased to see the For my own part, I could not but be pleased statesman Cecil upon his knees; and concluding to see the knight show such an honest passion them all to be great men, was conducted to the for the glory of his country, and such a respectfigure which represents that martyr to good ful gratitude to the memory of its princes. housewifery, who died by the prick of a needle.+ I must not omit that the benevolence of my Upon our interpreter's telling us that she was a | good old friend, which flows out towards every maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth, the knight one he converses with, made him very kind to was very inquisitive into her name and family; our interpreter, whom he looked upon as an and after having regarded her finger for some extraordinary man, for which reason he shook time, “I wonder," says he, “ that Sir Richard him by the hand at parting, telling him, that he Baker has said nothing of her in his Chronicle." should be very glad to see him at his lodgings in

We were then conveyed to the two coronation Norfolk Buildings, and talk over these matters hairs, where my old friend, after having heard with him more at leisure, that the stone underneath the most ancient of them, which was brought from Scotland, was

SIR BOGER AT THE THEATRE. called Jacob's pillar, sat himself down in the My friend Sir Roger de Coverley, when we chair, and looking like the figure of an old last met together at the club, told me that he Gothic king, asked our interpreter: “What had a great mind to see the new tragedy with authority they had to say that Jacob had ever | me, assuring me, at the same time, that he had been in Scotland ?” The fellow, instead of re not been at a play these twenty years. “The last turning him an answer, told him “that he hoped I saw," said Sir Roger, “was "The Committee,' his honour would pay his forfeit.” I could ob- which I should not have gone to neither, had not serve Sir Roger a little ruffled upon being thus I been told beforehand that it was a good Churchtrepanned; but our guide not insisting upon his of-England comedy." He then proceeded to in. demand, the knight soon recovered his gooü quire of ue who this “Distressed Mother" + was; humour, and whispered in my ear, that if Will and upon hearing that she was Hector's widow, Wimble were with us, and saw those two chairs, he told me that her husband was a brave man; it would go hard but he would get a tobacco and that when he was a schoolboy, he had read stopper out of one or t’other of them.

his life at the end of the Dictionary. My friend Sir Roger, in the next place, laid his hand | asked me, in the next place, if there would not upon Edward III.'s sword, and leaning upon the be some danger in coming home late, in case the pummel of it, gave us the whole history of the Mohocks I should be abroad. “I assure you," Black Prince; concluding, that in Sir Richard says he, “I thought I had fallen into their hands Baker's opinion, Edward III. was one of the last night; for I observed two or three lusty greatest princes that ever sat upon the English black men that followed me half-way up Fleet throne.

Street, and mended their pace behind me in proWe were then shown Edward the Confessor's portion as I put on to go away from them. You tomb; upon which Sir Roger acquainted us that | must know," continued the knight with a smile, he was the first that touched for the evil: and “I fancied they had a mind to hunt me; for I afterwards Henry IV.'s, upon which he shook remember an honest gentleman in my neighbour. his head, and told us there was fine reading of hood who was served such a trick in King the casualties of that reign.

| Charles II.'s time, for which reason he has not Our conductor then pointed to that monument ventured himself in town ever since. I might where there is the figure of one of our English | have shown them very good sport, had this been kings without an head ; # and upon giving us to their design ; for as I am an old fox-hunter, I know that the head, which was of beaten silver, should have turned and dodged, and have played

them a thousand tricks they had never seen in * For Afty-five years headmaster of Westminster

their lives before." Sir Roger added, that if School.

+ This is a popular error, originating from the position of the figure in the monument to Elizabeth, * By Sir Robert Howard, youngest daughter of Lord John Russell (A.D. 1584). By Ambrose Philips. -James Donald.

Dissipated young men, who tormented the passera The effigy of Henry V.


these gentlemen had any such intention, they widows, sir, are the most perverse creatures in did not succeed very well in it; “for I threw the world. But pray,” says he, “you that aro them out,” says he, “at the end of Norfolk a critic, is the play according to your dramatic Street, where I doubled the corner, and got rules, as you call them? Should your people in shelter in my lodgings before they could imagine tragedy always talk to be understood? Why, what was become of me. However,” says the there is not a single sentence in this play that I knight, “if Captain Sentry will make one with do not know the meaning of." us to-morrow night, and if you will both of you. The fourth act very luckily began before I call upon me about four o'clock, that we may be had time to give the old gentleman an answer. at the house before it is full, I will have my “Well," says the knight, sitting down with great coach in readiness to attend you; for John tells satisfaction, “I suppose we are now to see Hec. me he has got the fore-wheels mended."

tor's ghost." He then renewed his attention, The captain, who did not fail to meet me there and from time to time fell a-praising the widow. at the appointed hour, bid Sir Roger fear no- He made, indeed, a little mistake as to one of thing, for that he had put on the same sword her pages, whom, at the first entering, he took which he made use of at the battle of Steenkirk. * for Astyanax; but quickly set himself right in Sir Roger's servants, and among the rest my old that particular, although he admitted that he friend the butler, had, I found, provided them- should have been very glad to have seen the little selves with good oaken plants to attend their boy; “who,” he says, “must needs be a very master unor this occasion. When we had placed fine child, by the account that is given of him.” nim in his coach, with myself at his left hand, Upon Hermione's going off with a menace to the captain before him, and his butler at the Pyrrhus, the audience gave a loud clap, to which head of his footmen in the rear, we convoyed Sir Roger added: “On my word, a notable him in safety to the playhouse, where, after young baggage!" having marched up the entry in good order, the As there was a very remarkable silence and captain and I went in with him, and seated him stillness in the audience during the whole action, betwixt us in the pit. As soon as the house was it was natural for them to take the opportunity of fall, and the candles lighted, my old friend stood the intervals between the acts to express their up and looked about him with that pleasure opinion of the players, and of their respective which a mind seasoned with humanity naturally parts. Sir Roger, hearing a cluster of them praise feels in itself at the sight of a multitude of people Orestes, struck in with them, and told them, that who seem pleased with one another, and partake he thought his friend Pylades was a very sensible of the same common entertainment. I could man. As they were afterwards applanding Pyrrnot but fancy to myself, as the old man stood up hus, Sir Roger put in a second time; "and let me in the middle of the pit, that he made a very tell you," says he, “though he speaks but little, proper centre to a tragic audience. Upon the I like the old fellow in whiskers as well as any entering of Pyrrhus, the knight told me that he of them.” Captain Sentry, seeing two or three did not believe the King of France himself had a wags who sat near us, lean with an attentive ear better strut. I was, indeed, very attentive to towards Sir Roger, and fearing lest they should my old friend's remarks, because I looked upon smoke * the knight, plucked him by the elbow, them as a piece of natural criticism, and was and whispered something in his ear, that lasted well pleased to hear him, at the conclusion of till the opening of the fifth act. The knight was almost every scene, telling me that he could not wonderfully attentive to the account which imagine how the play would end. One while he Orestes gives of Pyrrhus' death; and at the appeared much concerned for Andromache, and conclusion of it, told me it was such a bloody a little while after as much for Hermione, and piece of work, that he was glad it was not done was extremely puzzled to think what would upon the stage. Seeing afterwards Orestes in become of Pyrrhus.

his raving fit, he grew more than ordinarily reri. When Sir Roger saw Andromache's obstinate ous, and took occasion to moralise (in his way) refusal to her lover's importunities, he whispered upon an evil conscience, adding, that Orestes in me in the ear that he was sure she would never his madness looked as if he saw something. have him; to which he added, with more than As we were the first that came into the house, ordinary vehemence: “You can't imagine, sir, so we were the last that went out of it, being what it is to have to do with a widow." Upon resolved to have a clear passage for our old friend, Pyrrhus threatening afterwards to leave her, whom we did not care to venture among the the knight shook his head, and muttered to him. jostling of the crowd. Sir Roger went out fully self: “Ay, do if you can." This part dwelt so satisfied with his entertainment, and we guarded much opon my friend's imagination, that, at the him to his lodgings in the same manner that we close of the third act, as I was thinking of some brought him to the playhouse; being highly thing else, he whispered me in my ear: “ These pleased, for my own part, not only with the

performance of the excellent piece which had • In Belgium, where the English under William III. were defeated by the French in 1692.-James Donald.

• Ridicule.

been presented, but with the satisfaction it had how thick the city was set with churches, and given to the old man.

that there was scarce a single steeple on this

side Temple Bar. “A most heathenish sight !" SIR ROGER AT VAUXHALL

says Sir Roger: “there is no religion at this end As I was sitting in my chamber, and thinking of the town. The fifty new churches will very on a subject for my next Spectator, I heard two much mend the prospect; but church-work is or three irregular bounces at my landlady's door; slow, church-work is slow !". and upon the opening of it, a loud cheerful voice 1 I do not remember I have anywhere mentioned, inquiring whether the philosopher was at home. | in Sir Roger's character, his custom of saluting The child who went to the door answered very everybody that passes by him with a good. innocently that he did not lodge there. I imme- morrow, or a good-night. This the old man diately recollected that it was my good friend does out of the overflowings of his humanity, Sir Roger's voice, and that I had promised to go though at the same time it renders him so with him on the water to Spring Garden, in case popular among all his country neighbours, that it proved a good evening. The knight put me it is thought to have gone a good way in making in mind of my promise from the staircase; but him once or twice knight of the shire. He cantold me that if I was speculating, he would stay not forbear this exercise of benevolence even in below till I had done. Upon my coming down, town, when he meets with any one in his morn. I found all the children of the family got about ing or evening walk. It broke from him to my old friend, and my landlady herself, who several boats that passed by us upon the water; was a notable prating gossip, engaged in a con but to the knight's great surprise, as he gave the ference with him; being mightily pleased with good-night to two or three young fellows a little his stroking her little boy on the head, and bid before our landing, one of them, instead of reding him be a good child, and mind his book. turning the civility, asked us, what queer old

We were no sooner come to the Temple stairs, putt we had in the boat, and whether he was but we were surrounded with a crowd of water- not ashamed to go out at night at his years? men, offering their respective services. Sir | with a great deal of the like Thames ribaldry. Roger, after having looked about him very at. Sir Roger seemed a little shocked at first; but tentively, spied one with a wooden leg, and at length, assuming a face of magistracy, told immediately gave him orders to get his boat us, “that if he were a Middlesex justice, he ready. As we were walking towards it, “You would make such vagrants know that her must know," says Sir Roger, “I never make use Majesty's subjects were no more to be abused of anybody to row me that has not either lost by water than by land." a leg or an arm. I would rather bate him a few We were now arrived at Spring Garden, which strokes of his oar than not employ an bonest is exquisitely pleasant at this time of year. man that has been wounded in the queen's ser When I considered the fragrancy of the walks vice. If I was a lord or a bishop, and kept a and bowers, with the choirs of birds that sung barge, I would not put a fellow in my livery upon the trees, and the loose tribe of people that that had uch a wooden leg."

walked under their shades, I could not but look My old friend, after having seated himself, upon the place as a kind of Mohammedan para. and trimmed the boat with his coachman, who dise. Sir Roger told me, it put him in mind of a being a very sober man, always serves for bal. little coppice by his house in the country, which last on these occasions, we made the best of our his chaplain used to call an aviary of nightin. way for Foxhall, Sir Roger obliged the water. gales. “You must understand," says the knight, man to give us the history of his right leg; and “there is nothing in the world that pleases a man hearing that he had left it at La Hogue, with in love so much as your nightingale. Ah, Mr many particulars which passed in that glorious Spectator | the many moonlight nights that I action, the knight, in the triumph of his heart, have walked by myself, and thought on the made several reflections on the greatness of the widow by the music of the nightingale !” Ho British nation; as, that one Englishman could here fetched a deep sigh, and was falling into a beat three Frenchmen; that we could never be fit of musing, when a mask, who came behind in danger of Popery so long as we took care of him, gave him a gentle tap upon the shoulder, our fleet; that the Thames was the poblest river and asked him if he would drink a bottle of in Europe; that London Bridge was a greater | mead with her? But the knight, being startled piece of work than any of the seven wonders of at so unexpected familiarity, and displeased to the world; with many other honest prejudices be interrupted in his thoughts of the widow, which naturally cleave to the heart of a true told her she was a wanton baggage, and bid her Englishman.

go about her business. After some short pause, the old knight turn We concluded our walk with a glass of ing about his head twice or thrice, to take a Burton ale and a slice of hung beef. When we survey of this great metropolis, bid me observe had done eating ourselves, the knight called a

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