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fortunate, as are daily occasioned by our size : “ these we faithfully communicate, either as mat« ter of mirth or of consolation to each other. « The President had lately an unlucky fall, being « unable to keep his legs on a stormy day; where“ upon he informed us it was no new disaster, but “ the same a certain ancient Poet had been subject
to; who is recorded to have been so light that “ he was obliged to poise himself against the wind, “ with lead on one side, and his own works on “ the other. The Lover confest the other night " that he had been cured of love to a tall woman,
by reading over the legend of Ragotine in Scar
ron, with his tea, three mornings successively. « Our Hero rarely acquaints us with any
of his “ unsuccessful adventures : and as for the Politici
an, he declares himself an utter enemy to all « kind of burlesque, so will never discompose the
austerity of his aspect by laughing at our adven
tures, much less discover any of his own in this « ludicrous light. Whatever he tells of any ac“ cidents that befal him, is by way of complaint, “ nor is he ever laugh'd at but in his Absence.
“ We are likewise particularly careful to com" municate in the club all such passages of history,
or characters of illustrious personages, as any way reflect honour on little men. Tim. Tuck having but just reading enough for a military
man, perpetually entertains us with the same “ stories of little David that conquer'd the mighty “ Goliah, and little Luxembourg that made Louis “ xiv. a grand Monarque, never forgetting lit“ tle Alexander the great. Dick Distick celebrates “ the exceeding humanity of Augustus, who call“ ed Horace lepidifimum homunciolum ; and is won
derfully pleased with Voiture and Scarron, for
having so well described their diminutive forms " to posterity. He is peremptorily of opinion,
against a great Rcader and all his adherents, that
Ælop was not a jot properer or handsomer than “ he is represented by the common pictures. But “ the Soldier believes with the learned person
above-mentioned ; for he thinks none but an
impudent tall author could be guilty of such an “ unmannerly piece of fatire on little warriors, as
his Battle of the Movie and the Frog. The “ Politician is very proud of a certain King of
Egypt, called Bocchor, who, as Diodorus af“ fures us, was a person of a very low stature, but « far exceeded all that went before him in discre« tion and politicks. “ As I am fecretary to the club, 'tis my
bufiness, whenever we meet, to take minutes of the " transactions: this has enabled me to send you “ the foregoing particulars, as I may hereafter “ other memoirs. We have spies appointed in
every quarter of the town, to give us informa" tions of the misbehaviour of such refractory per“ fons as refuse to be subject to our statutes. “ Whatsoever aspiring practices any of thele our
people shall be guilty of in their Amours, single Combats, or any indirect means to manhood,
we shall certainly be acquainted with, and pub“ lish to the world, for their punishment and re• formation. For the President has granted me " the sole propriety of exposing and shewing to " the town all such intractable Dwarfs, whose cir“ cumstances exempt them from being carried « about in Boxes : reserving only to himself, as “ the right of a Poet, those smart characters that “ will shine in Epigrams. Venerable Nestor, I • salute you in the name of the club.
Bob. SHORT, Secretary.
September 29, 1713.
Nec sera comantem
house in the country, not without some apprehension, that it could afford little entertainment to a man of his polite taste, particularly in architecture and gardening, who had so long been conversant with all that is beautiful and great in either. But it was a pleasant surprize to me, to hear him often declare he had found in my little retirement that beauty which he always thought wanting in the most celebrated seats (or, if you will, Villa's) of the nation. This he described to me in those verses with which Martial begins one of his epigrams :
Baiana nostri villa, Basje, Faustini,
Sed rure vero, barbaroque lætatur. There is certainly fomething in the amiable simplicity of unadorned Nature, that spreads over the mind a more noble fort of tranquillity, and a loftier sensation of pleasure, than can be raised from the nicer scenes of art. This was the taste of the Ancients in their
gardens, as we may discover from the descriptions extant of them. The two most celebrated wits of the world have cach of them left us a particular picture of a Garden ; wherein those
masters being wholly unconfined, and painting at pleasure, may be thought to have given a full idea of what they esteemed most excellent in this way. These (one may observe) consist intirely of the useful part of horticulture, fruit trees, herbs, water, etc. The pieces I am speaking of are Virgil's account of the garden of the old Corycian, and Homer's of that of Alcinous in the seventh Oyssey, to which I refer the reader.
Sir William Temple has remarked, that this garden of Homer contains all the justest rules and provisions which can go toward composing the best gardens Its extent was four Acres, which, in those times of fimplicity, was looked upon as a large one, even for a Prince. It was inclosed all round for defence; and for conveniency joined close to the gates of the Palace.
He mentions next the Trees, which were standards, and suffered to grow to their full height. The fine description of the Fruits that never failed, and the eternal Zephyrs, is only a more noble and poetical way of expressing the continual succeffion of one fruit after another throughout the year.
The Vineyard seems to have been a plantation distinct from the Garden; as also the beds of Greens mentioned afterwards at the extremity of the inclosure, in the usual place of our Kitchen Gardens.
The two Fountains are disposed very remarkably. They rose within the inclosure, and were brought in by conduits or ducts; one of them to water all
parts of the gardens, and the other underneath the Palace into the Town, for the fervice of the publick.
How contrary to this simplicity is the modern practice of gardening? We seem to make it our