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ferving of a better fate, are wretched, we cannot but regn ourselves, when most of us know that we merit a much worfe fate than that we are placed in. For fuch, and many other occafions, there is one admirable relation which one might recommend for certain periods of one's life, to touch, comfort, and improve the heart of man. Tully fays fomewhere, the pleasures of a hufbandman are next to thofe of a philofopher. In like manner, one may fay, the pleasures of humanity are next to thofe of devotion. In both these latter fatisfactions, there is a certain humiliation which exalts the foul above its ordinary ftate; at the fame time that it leffens the value of ourfelves, it enlarges our eftimation of others.
'TATLER, Vol. IV. No. 233.
For the Good of the Public.
WITHIN two doors of the Mafquerade Houfe
lives an eminent Italian Chirurgeon, arrived from the Carnival of Venice, of great experience in private Accommodations are provided, and perfons admitted in their Mafking habits.
He has cured fince his coming hither, in less than a fortnight, four Scaramouches, a Mountebank Doctor, two Turkish Baffas, three Nuns, and a Morris dan
Venienti occurrite Morbo.
N. B. Any perfon may agree by the great, and be kept in repair by the year. The Doctor draws teeth without pulling off your mask.
SPECTATOR, Vol. I. No. 22. T.
O prevent all mistakes that may happen among gentlemen of the other end of the town, who come but once a week to St. James's Coffee-Houfe, either.
by mifcalling the fervants, or requiring fuch things of them as are not properly within their refpective provinces, this is to give notice, that Kidney, keeper of the book-debts of the out-lying cuftomers, and obferver of those who go off without paying, having refigned that employment, is fucceeded by John Sow-. don; to whofe place of enterer of meffages, and first coffee-grinder, William Bird is promoted; and Samuel Burdock comes as fhoe-cleaner in the room of the faid Bird.
SPECTATOR, Vol. I. No. 24. R.
A Widow gentlewoman, well born both by father
and mother's fide, being the daughter of Thomas Prater, once an eminent Practitioner in the Law, and. of Letitia Tattle, a family well known in all parts of this kingdom, having been reduced by misfortunes to wait on feveral great perfons, and for fome time to be teacher at a boarding-fchool of young ladies, giveth notice to the public, that the hath lately taken a houfe near Bloomsbury -fquare, commodiously fituated next the Fields, in a good air, where fhe teaches all forts of birds of the loquacious kinds, as parrots, ftarlings, magpies, and others, to imitate human voices in greater perfection than ever yet was practifed. They are not only inftructed to pronounce words diftinctly, and in a proper tone and accent, but to fpeak the language with great purity and volubility of tongue; to. gether with all the fafhionable phrafes and compliments now in ufe either at tea-tables or vifiting-days. Thofe that have good voices, may be taught to fing the newest Opera airs, and, if required, to fpeak either Italian or French, paying fomething above the common rates: They whofe friends are not able to pay the full prices, may be taken as half-boarders. She teaches fuch as are defigned for the diverfion of the public, and to act in enchanted woods on the theatres, by the great. As fhe has often obferved with much concern how indecent an education is ufually given.
these innocent creatures, which, in fome measure, is owing to their being placed in open rooms next the ftreet, where, to the great offence of chafte and tender ears, they learn ribaldry, obfcene fongs, and immodeft expreffions, from paffengers and idle people; as alfo to cry fish and card-matches, with other ufelefs parts of learning, to birds who have rich. friends; fhe has fitted up proper and neat apartments for them in the back part of her faid houfe, where the fuffers none to approach them but herself, and a fervant maid, who is deaf and dumb, and whom the provided on purpose to prepare their food and cleanse their cages; having found, by long experience, how hard a thing it is for thofe to keep filence who have the ufe of fpeech, and the dangers her scholars are expofed to by the ftrong impreffions that are made by harfh founds and vulgar dialects. In fhort, if they are birds of any parts or capacity, fhe will undertake to render them fo accomplished in the compass of a twelvemonth, that they fhall be fit converfation for fuch ladies as love to choose their friends and companions out of this fpecies. SPECTATOR, Vol. I. No. 36. R.
A Young gentlewoman, about nineteen years of
age (bred in the family of a perfon of quality lately deceased) who paints the finest flesh colour, wants a place, and is to be heard of at the house of Mynheer grotesque, a Dutch painter in Barbican.
N. B. She is alfo well fkilled in the drapery part, and puts on hoods, and mixes ribbons fo as to fuit the colours of the face, with great art and fuccefs. SPECTATOR, Vol. 1. No. 41. R.
HEREAS Mr. Bickerstaff, by a letter, has received information, that there are about the Royal Exchange a fort of people commonly known by the name of Whetters, who drink themselves into an intermediate state of being neither drunk nor fober, before the hours of exchange or bufinefs; and in that condition buy and fell ftocks, difcount notes, and do many other acts of well-difpofed citizens: This is to give notice, that from this day forward, 40 Whetter fhall be able to give or endorse any note, or execute any other point of commerce, after the third half pint
before the hour of one; and whoever shall tranfact any matter or matters with a Whetter (not being himfelf of that order) fhall be conducted to Moorfields, upon the firft application of his next akin.
N. B. No Tavern near the Exchange fhall deliver wine to fuch as drink at the bar ftanding, except the fame shall be three parts of the beft cyder; and the master of the houfe wall produce a certificate of the fame from Mr. Tintoret, or fome other credible wine painter.
HEREAS the model of the intended Bedlam is now finished, and the edifice itself will be very fuddenly begun, and it is defired that all fuch as have relations whom they would recommend to our care, would bring in their proofs with all speed; none to be admitted of courfe but lovers, who are put into an immediate Regimen. Young politicians are also received without fees or examination.
TATLER, Vol. II. No. 138.
THE Cenfor having observed, that there are fine
wrought Ladies fhoes and flippers put out to view at a great Shoemaker's fhop towards St. James's, which
create irregular thoughts and defires in the youth of this town; the faid fhop-keeper is required to take in thofe eye-fores, or fhew caufe, the next court-day, why he continues to expofe the fame; and he is required to be prepared particularly to answer to the flippers with green lace and blue heels.
TATLER, Vol. III. No. 143
WHEREAS the feveral church-wardens of moft
of the parishes within the bill of mortality have, in an earnest manner, applied themselves by way of petition, and have also made a prefentment of the vain and loose deportment, during divine fervice, of perfons of too great figure in all their faid parishes for their reproof: and whereas it is therein fet forth that by falutation given each other, hints fhrugs, ogles, playing of fans, fooling with canes at their mouth, and other wanton gefticulations, their whole congregation appears rather a theatrical audience than a place of devotion: It is hereby ordered, that all canes, cravats, bofom laces, muffs, fans, fnuff-boxes, and all other instruments made ufe of to give perfons unbecoming airs, fhall be immediately forfeited and fold; and of the fum arifing from the fale thereof, a ninth part fhall be paid to the poor, and the reft to the overLeers.
TATLER, Vol. III. No. 166.
For the Benefit of my Female Readers.
THIS ferves to inform them, that the gilt chariot,
the diamond ring, the gold fnuff-box, and brocade fword-knot, are no effential part of a fine gentleman; but may be used by him, provided he cafts his eyes upon them but once a day.
GUARDIAN, Vol. I. No. 34.