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[From the Oracle.]
THE *HE following Jeu d'Esprits on some Musical
Festivities, &c. at the Upper and Lower Rooms, were the cause of much mirth there to the votaries of The Beau Monde.
“ Two musical parties to Bladud belong,
To delight the Old Rooms and the Upper;
“ The ladies complain
Of the musical strain
At the New ones is found
The sweet concord of sound, At the Old you but pay for a supper." Which of the two parties, in their arrangements 10 please their visitors, were in the right, the following lines, perhaps, may in some measure ferve to exemplify:
Orpheus, we're told
By the poets of old,
That the stones of themselves
Danc'd a galliard like elves,
But, ye musical Sirs,
Not one of us stirs,
if you'd please, you must treat
With much wine and much meat,
A COOLING RECIPE *.
No more by its juvenile follies inspir'd,
TO THE LADIES :
(From the Oracle.) WHEREAS it hath been humbly represented unto
us, that, divers malicious and evil-disposed women do walk up and down in our Cities of LONDON and WESTMINSTER, and PARKS adjacent, with their necks, boroms, and arms, indecently uncovered, to the great disparagement and fedu&tion of the more modest part of our liege female subjects--Now we do hereby take it into our most serious confideration, and hereby direct and order all our Bailiffs and Constables, inhabiting within our raid Cities of London and Westminfter, tc parade the streets of our said Cities and Parks adjacent, and take into custody all such indecent women, who shall be so iminodestly uncovered as aforesaid, and take them before the proper Magistrates, whom we do hereby authorize to cominit the said women to our House of Correction in Cold Bath Fields, there to be confined to hard labour for fix calendar months. And we do hereby likewise direct
* Occasioned by the odd circumstance of a gentleman walking into a cold bath, while he was in search after novellies at an entertainment given by Mr. Walsh Porter.
and order our said Bailiffs to take into custody all young or old men who shall be seen walking with any of the said indecently dressed women aforesaid, we thinking it tends to the corruption of our young men, thereby rendering them effeminate and unfit defenders of their country.--And we do hereby authorize all our Constables as aforesaid, to impress all young men who shall be seen as aforesaid, into our sea-service, and put them on board our tender now lying off the Tower.
To his Honour CHARLES BISHOPP, Esq. of Doctors
Commons. HONOURED SIR, FOLKS tell us here that you are the King's Proctor ;
and that your birth is made a good one, that you . might protect the rights of poor seamen who have served His Majesty faithfully, and not suffer them to be plundered of their prize-money by the thoals of land-fharks who would devour it, after we have hardly earned it. I take the liberty, therefore, Honoured Sir, to tell you, in behalf of myself, and brother messmates, on board one of His Majesty's Excise Cutters, that we have all of us been treated very ill, by having had our prize money detained from us more than three years, while the Cufiom-house Cutiers have had theirs paid them, as we understand, a long while ago ; though not without some hard squeezes by your hard-hearted agents—a great scandal in a free country. I am einboldened, therefore, to tell your Honour, that more than half my mesimates, and their families, are in great distress for want of their honest shares; while fome rich folks in London, as we are told, are living upon the fat of the land, out of the interest of our
116 LINOIS'S ACCOUNT OF HIS ENGAGEMENT. money, our prizes having been fold, and the money paid, Somewhere or other, more than three years ago.
To tell your Honour the truth, as we seamen don't like much chopping about of the wind, for fear it should bring dirty weather--fo we don't at all relish so many changes in your Government men, because, just as our money was ordered to be shared, by both the two last gangs of them, as the d I would have it, they were un shipped, so that all our expectations were put to fea again. Now, Honoured Sir, all the favour we have to crave of you is, that you will only be so good as to tell His Majesty's new Head Servants of State the rights of our hard case, lest any great man among 'em Thould good-naturedly give our just property to any other people, for want of knowing the honest truth of the matter.Some people say, that you are too busy in getting oceans of money for
yourself, to trouble your head about that belonging to poor seamen--but we don't believe a word on't. I remain, your Honour, for Self and Messinates,
Your humble Servant to command, Portsmouth, Feb. 10.
JEREMIAH WILSON. N. B. As you must have the law at your fingers ends, pray, good Sir, tell us, whether something less than fourteen and a half per cent. ought not to satisfy those agents, and others, for keeping us out of our money.
ANTICIPATION OF LINOIS'S ACCOUNT OF HIS ENGAGEMENT WITH OUR EAST INDIA SHIPS, UNDER CAPTAIN DANCE.
(From the General Evening Poft.)
OFF the Streights of Malacca I'd the fortune to meet,
My long-look'd-for object--the enemy's fleet : In an instant my squadron moft gallant bore down, Though their force more than ten-fold exceeded our own;
For three-deckers they'd several second rates eight or nine,
OCCASIONAL PROLOGUE, SPOKEN ON BOARD HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP BRITANNIA,
OFF CADIZ *.
Y Lordt and Gentlemen--alas! off Cadiz,
How hard it is we cau't address the ladies!
* In the Britannia, and two or three, other Chips of the fleet off Cadiz, dramatic pieces are occasionally performed by some of the young officers. , On one of those occasions, this Prologue was delivered by Lieut. L. B. Halloran, of the Royal Marines.
+ Rear-admiral the Earl of Northesk, who, with his usual condescension and good nature, hunours these performances with his presence.