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: John Morgan too, was a Globe pany that frequented the Spread Eagle, in spirit, a man universally known the Strand, a house famous for the resort and esteemed," with whom we are of young men after the theatre. Shorter, the quite unacquainted. He was, it ap- landlord, facetiously observed, that his was pears, a great wit in the neighbour, & very uncommon set of customers, for hood of Shoe-lane.
what with hanging, drowning, and natural
deaths, he had a change every six months. Morgan was, without exception, the best One of our members, Mr. Hawkins, a companion I ever knew. One night in spatterdash maker, of Chancery-lane, was particular, he was so irresistibly droll, that remarkable for murdering the king's EngMr. Woodmason the stock-broker present. lish. Having staid away for some days in ed the ludicrous spectacle of a man of six consequence of a fit of illness, one of his feet high rolling about on the floor with friends asked him the cause of his absence ; his arms a-kimbo, to keep himself toge- he said he had been an individual some ther, as he said, for that he was certain time, meaning an invalid. In giving an otherwise he should break a blood vessel, account of the troops landing from Ame that fellow Morgan made him laugh so rica, after long absence and perilous sermuch. I was to Morgan what Sir Watkin vice, he said, they were so rejoiced, that Lewes was to Wilkes, when he complain. they prostituted themselves on the earth; ed that Wilkes made a butt of him; the person, to whom he was relating it, ob
Truc," said Wilkes, “ still it's only a served, that they had been manured to waste butt."
(P. 39, 40.) hardships ;. 6 Yes, indeed they had,” said
Mr. Hawkins, “ and that was the reason There was a sixpenny card club at they were so much affected.” Mr. Hawthe Queen's Arms. too ; at which Mr. kins was, nevertheless, a very good man, Brasbridge and nineteen other choice as well as a good spatterdash maker ; and spirits joked and revoked incessantly. the name of Equity Hawkins, which we Goodwin was one,-Goodwin, the gave him on account of his living in Chanwoollen-draper, who invariably ex- cery-lane, might have been applied to him, claimed, when he came down stairs with equal truth, on account of his own of a morning, “ Good morrow, Mr. integrity.
(P. 50_53.) Shop. You'll take care of me, Mr. The following anecdote is a warnShop, and I'll take care of you!” ing to all lovers of monumental glory.
The Cider Cellar too, boasted of Mr. Brasbridge's company - In truth; wardens of St. Mildred's. A gentleman,
Mr. Darwin was one of the church. he seems to have diligently attended to the signs of the times. Mr. Bras- who had formerly lived in the parish, and bridge speaks of our Elia as the his- afterwards went into a distant country, and
whose wife was buried in the churchyard, torian of the Cider Cellar, the only erected a superb mausoleum upon his fact in the volume, we believe, which estate ; the first dedication of which, he is built on a sandy foundation. wished to be to the remains of his wife.
The “ Free and Easy under the Rose" Accordingly he wrote to the churchwardens; was another society to which I belonged. and a proper deputation of gravediggers, It was founded sixty years ago at the with the sexton, and Mr. Darwin at their Queen's Arms, in St. Paul's Church-yard, head, descended into the vaults to search and was afterwards removed to the Horn for the coffin of the defunct. When they tavern. It was originally kept by Bates, found it, however, it was in such a state who was never so happy as when standing that it could not be moved; they therefore behind a chair with a napkin under his contented themselves with transferring the arm ; but arriving at the dignity of Alder. plate, stating the name, age, and period man, tucking in the calipash and calipee of decease, to its next neighbour, a rehimself, instead of handing it round to the spectable old gentleman, who most likely company, soon did his business. My ex. little dreamed in his life-time, that his clay cellent friend Crickett, the marshal of the would finally rest beneath a superb mausoHigh Court of Admiralty, was President leum, and have all the honours paid to it of this society for many years, and I was
that were intended by the owner for his deconstantly in attendance as his Vice. It parted wife. When the removal was com. consisted of some thousand members, and pleted, Darwin remarked, that they had I never heard of any one of them thai ever had a very disagreeable job, and it would incurred any scrious punishment.
Our require a good dinner to get them over it, great fault was sitting too late; in this re
which chey accordingly had. (P. 54, 55.) spect, according to the principle of Frank.
We have not omitted a single joke lin, that “ time is money," we were in- of Mr. Brasbridge's yet we believe. deed most upwary spendthrifts; in other The following is extremely piquant. instmes our conduct was orderly and corrett. I cannot say so much for the com. Darwin was very intimate with Mr. Fig. gins, a wax-chandler in the Poultry, who father, who was an honest inland farmer, was also a member of the “ Free and entertained the same feeling, and carried Easy.” They almost always entered the it to such a height that he would never even room together, and, from the inseparable let me learn the language of a people, nature of their friendship, I gave them the whom he regarded as our natural and una names of Liver sand Gizzard ; and they changeable enemies. (P. 60—62.) were ever afterwards called the liver and Gizzard of the Common Council.
The confession at the conclusion of (P. 56.)
passage is candid and good. He
showed his bringing up, and trod in Miss Boydell is commemorated and the compliment to her beauty is
the steps of his frog-sick father.
Mr. Brasbridge now “ returns to well-timed,
his shop.” He is persuaded to take I should be wanting in my habitual stock. He finds that a young man of reverence for the fair sex, did I not take the name of Ashforth has abused the this opportunity of acknowledging the attractions and graces possessed by Miss ruin in due time follows. He bea
trust reposed in him, and, in short, Boydell at this time.
comes bankrupt, and Mr. Blades, the We come now to a burst of Mr. glass-man, Mr. Eley, the spoonBrasbridge's political principles, and maker, and Mr. Hoare, of Cheapside, we cannot help thinking that he car- are appointed assignees. All the asried the zeal of a patriot beyond the signees are his enemies; in this Mr. bounds of decency, and betrayed a Brasbridge resembles the man who curiosity beyond that of ordinary always met with twelve stubborn historians !
men on a jury! The house and busiAmong the rest of these intruders, for ness in Fleet-street are sold under such I must deem them, was a Mr. Loth the commission, and Mr. Smith roi, a Frenchınan, who appeared to me a luckless Mr. Smith! becomes the very suspicious character, and whom I purchaser. Mr. Smith prints up his strongly suspected of being in England name with “ late Brasbridge,” (who without a proper license. Under this idea got the name by his club-hours !) and I did what I thought my duty, and what Brasbridge got into a neighbouring I should think every real lover of his country would have done in similar circum- shop, and started his opposition stances, when the perilous aspect of the gravy-spoons and punch-ladles. times called on all true Englishmen to be After my name had been up in this on their guard alike against internal and doubtful conjunction with Smith for about external enemies. I went to Mr. Cham- five years, his house was repainted, and I, berlain Clark, and stated fully and expli- thinking I had a right to use my own name citly my suspicions respecting Mr. Lothroi, as I pleased, begged leave to run up th taking care, at the same time, to explain painter's ladder, when he descended, and that I knew of nothing positively wrong in efface it with a broom. Upon this, Mr. his conduct; and that I was not actuated Smith sallied forth to seize the instrument by any motive of ill-will against him, but of destruction to his ingenious device. I, merely by my desire to do what I thought thinking that I had been robbed enough my duty as a good citiæn, and a loyal already, held it stoutly with one hand, and subject, demanded of me. Mr. Chamber- advanced the other so near Mr. Smith's lain Clark told me, that, in order to carry face, that he ran back into his shop, and on the business in proper form, I ought to took refuge behind the counter ; I conjured send for Mr. Lothroi, and then deliver him him by the honor of an Englishman to up to the city marshal, who would take come as far as the threshold ; but he stuck him before the Lord Mayor, which office close to his counter, until he was reinforced was, at that tiine, filled by Paul Le Me by his journeyman and porter ; and then, surier, Esq. who would make him give a finding myself likely to be overpowered by proper account of himself, or take the con- numbers, I also, like a prudent general, sequences. I accordingly did so; Mr. thought fit to secure a retreat. The next Lothroi was taken before the Lord Mayor, day he got the name painted more conand, the account he gave of himself being spicuously than ever, and modestly sent the deemed satisfactory, he was discharged. painter to me with his bill for so doing. On I was perfectly contented with the result, my refusing to pay it, he summoned me to for, as I had no personal malice against the Court of Conscience, and, in explaining the man, I could not be sorry that he had the matter to the commissioners, he told cleared himself from my suspicions. Í them that my name stunk in the parish of will frankly acknowledge, that I have a St. Bride's ; they remarked, that he seemed natural antipathy to a Frenchman, the very fond of stinking fish, and advised him stronger because it is beroditary; for my to go home and mend his own manners: he had accordingly, the pleasure of paying seize the opportunity thus afforded him of the expenses attendant on the proceedings, destroying it. I think in such a case I and returned home to meditate on his im- should have gone one step farther than Mr. potent malice.
(P. 83–85.) Manby : I should have warned the Doctor
not to put the bond into the fire, when my Such was the war in the parish of back was turned, as I should then have no St. Bride! Indeed, from the time of evidence against him. (P. 88-90.) the bankruptcy, Mr. Brasbridge
A list now follows of those worthy seems to have encountered much hos- people who behaved kindly to our tility, and to have waged war with historian after his misfortune, adivers parishioners.
mongst whom the late Dukes of The following is really interesting, Marlborough and Argyll stand preand ought never to have been written eminent. We are quite sure that if before, Mr. Brasbridge has written he had continued in trade, the present it so well.
Dukes would not have withdrawn Sir Thomas Halifax was a most excel. their custom from him. lent chief magistrate ; one instance, in par
Poor Mr. Whipham, the silverticular, of his impartiality and firmness, smith, offended Mr. Brasbridge by when he was Lord Mayor, 'I witnessed my- some naughty manner in an affair of self with respect to Doctor Dodd. The candlesticks, and called down upon unfortunate quent was brought before his head the following note. him, and was standing in a room crowded
Sir,-Your ingratitude is monstrous, with spectators, when Lord Chesterfield and I am your detester, sent up his name to the Lord Mayor, and
J. BRABBRIDGE. requested a private interview. Sir Thomas, with manly and becoming spirit, sent his
A history of spoon-makers follows, coinpliments to his Lordship, and informed perhaps more interesting to the trade him, that, the business he was come upon than to the general reader, though being of a public nature, he could not pos- highly valuable as a bit of metal sibly bear it in private, every person pre- biography. sent having as much right as himself to be Mrs. Tyers, the widow of the promade acquainted with it. The sight of prietor of Vauxhall, was a customer. Doctor Dodd upon his knees, imploring the mercy of Lord Chesterfield, moved that she had not tasted butchers' meat for
Mrs. Tyers one day remarked to me, every one, but the polished statue to whoin he addressed himself; in vain he reminded twenty years; she had, however, lived him of the cares he had lavished upon his upon beef and mutton, and veal, like other
people; only, as the butcher told her, she infancy, and entreated his forgiveness of a
always made it her own, by paying for it, fault, which, at the very moment he com
before it went out of the shop. Mr. Tyers mitted it, he meant to make amends for;
was a worthy man; but indulged himself in vain he implored him to save his charac
a little too much in the querulous strain, ter and his life by withdrawing his prose- when any thing went amiss; insomuch cution : this flinty-hearted young noble- that he said if he had been brought up a man, then only just arrived at man's estate, hatter, he believed people would have been ä period of life when all the finest feelings born without heads. A farmer once gave are generally too acutely awake, and pru- him a humorous roof for this kind of dence and self-interest scarcely yet roused, reproach of heaven; he stepped up to him could, unmoved, behold his old preceptor very respectfully, and asked him when he kneeling at his feet, and could coldly turn
meant to open his gardens; Mr. Tyers refrom him, leaving him to all the misery of plied, the next Monday fortnight: the
despair and anticipated disgrace. Had the sympathy of the whole assembly been of ing away, but Mr. Tyers asked him in re
man thanked him repeatedly, and was goany avail against his Lordship's cruelty, turn, what made him so anxious to know; the unfortunate man would have been “Why, Sir,” said the farmer, “I
think spared to benefit society by the edifying example of a repentant sinner, instead of being know we shau be sure to have rain.”
of sowing my turnips on that day, for you offered up as a victim to public justice, a
(P. 134, 135.) shrine at which so many sacrifices are annually made, apparently without produc
The next good joke is neat but ing either warning or amendment. A very
abstruse. different spirit possessed Mr. Manby of the Col. Dillon seemed formed by nature for Temple, when Doctor Dodd was brought the command of an army. He was six feet before him. Significantly showing the bond high, singularly handsome, and combined in to the Doctor, he laid it on the table, and his manner all the spirit of a soldier with the xwent and looked out of the window; but gallantry of a courtier. One day, in helpthe Doctor bad not the presence of mind to ing the beautiful Marie Antoinette on horse.
back, he fixed his eyes intently on her green My chiefest ornament was Mn. Aylmer, slippers ; she laughingly asked him, why he the wife of a captain in the royal navy; noticed them ; " Because,"
,” said he, “ they whose perfect beauty of features and graceare so appropriate to the wearer, who has all ful symmetry of form attracted the notice the world at her feet.” (P. 135, 136.) of our present beloved monarch, at that
Mr. Brasbridge speaks unaffect- time Prince of Wales ; as he looked up to edly and affectionately of his chil- the windows, and gazed on her with all the
admiration which not his bitterest enemies dren; we must, however, refer to
could ever accuse him of withholding from the book itself.
the fair sex.
(P. 190, 191.) In 1780, Mr. Brasbridge took up arms against the rioters. Kennet,
The accomplished George Parkthe Lord Mayor, of course comes in hurst is not forgotten. However: for a page or two.
The Colonel had his fallibilities; having, Mr. Kennet had begun life as a waiter, had an action brought against him for crim. and his manners never rose above his origi- con, with the wife of Mr. Parsloe, he was nal station. When he was summoned to
fined 10,0001. damages, and ever after be examined in the House, one of the called her dear Mrs. Parsloe, having a members wittily observed, “ If you ring right, as he said, to use the word, after he the bell, Mr. Kennet will come
(P. 202.) of
had paid 10,0001. for her. course.” His excuse for his behaviour
Brasbridge is a famous anecdotist. was, that being attacked both before and behind, he was seized with a fit of turned out every body that they could, even
When the Talents came into power, they temerity, which made him not know what Lord Sandwich, the Master of the Stag he was about. One evening at the Alder. Hounds. The King met his Lordship in man's Club, he was at the whist-table; his ride soon after. and Mr Alderman Pugh, a dealer in soap, cried his Majesty ; " so they have turned
“ How do, how do,” and an extremely good-natured man, was at his elbow, smoking his pipe. Ring
you off; it was not my fault upon my hothe bell, Soap-suds," said Mr. Kennet, nour, for it was as much as I could do to in his coarse way.
Ring it yourself,
(P. 204.) Bar," replied the Alderman, you We pass over
Martin Whish, have been twice as much used to it as I Charles Mills, Mr. Bolland, and Mr. have." Mr. Pugh was another of the Fish, all excellent men, and excelinstances of successful industry with which lently commemorated in the book. our metropolis abounds. He originally. The volume now approaches its end. came to town in the humble capacity of drawer and porter at the Hoop and Bunch
is the consolation of growing old to of Grapes, in Hatton Garden. He then talk of what we can remember when we went to live with Alderman Benn, to take were young. I recollect the first broad. care of his horse and cart; and for his good wheeled waggon that was used in Oxfordconduct was admitted as under clerk in the shire, and a wondering crowd of spectators counting-house; and, being a married it attracted. I believe at that time there man, his master augmented his salary, in was not a post-chaise in England excepting the sum of ten pounds, on the birth of every two-wheeled ones. Lamps to carriages are child. He was afterwards taken into part- also quite a modern improvement. A shepDership, &c.
(P. 163, 164.) herd, who was keeping sheep, in the viMr. Brasbridge is a governor
cinity of a village in Oxfordshire, came Bridewell Hospital, and here his his running all aghast, to say that a frightful
monster with saucer eyes, and making a tory gets rather personal and parti- great blowing noise, was coming towards cular. Mr. Blades is rebuked, Mr. the village, at such a rate, that he could Waithman is corrected, and Luke scarcely keep before it. (P. 233.) Hodson is castigated. Indeed Mr. Waithman was so offensive,
We extract the following for the times, in the author's eyes, that the benefit of several of our readers; aye, latter informed against the Alderman and writers too, mayhap! for not removing the dirt from his I must now take the privilege of an old shop-front. The alderman was not man, to caution my young readers against the only person that derived all his falling into the practice of smoking, the information from our author.
idlest of all amusements, and the stupidest The day of the King going to St. indeed an excuse alleged for it, by an old
of all kinds of intoxication. I have heard Paul's is a great day with the histo- smoker, that it is good for the memory rian, and the following anecdote of and as a proof of it, the advocate remarked, the then Prince of Wales is rather that if a man be ever so drunk, he is redrily related.
minded by it to drink again. (P.235, 236.)
One more joke,-a brave one! and own ride in the Herne Hill stage. From we have done with the repartees. this regularity of proceeding it will be seen, Amongst the follies of my early days, in this terrestrial scene as long as it shall
that I am quite willing to continue my part was that of riding out on a Sunday. The George and Vulture was my principal please God to keep me here. I am indeed place of resort ; the house was kept by the world too, notwithstanding any warmth
in very good humour with myself, and with Vaughan, who was forinerly a haberdasher of expression into which I may have been in Cornhill. About ten or twelve of us betrayed in the preceding pages, by that used to dine together. Vaughan was an desire of self-vindication which every honest obliging landlord, always came in with the mind must feel when unjustly accused. I first dish, and on taking it off used to say, have been tempted to write this short ache hoped we had had a good dinner ; we in count
of my past life not out of the ridicu. return thanked him for his attention. One lous vanity of imagining that the public day, however, one of the party, a com- could be interested in the private transplaining man, whom we called Grumpall, aetions of an obscure individual like myself, said, in reply to the usual question, “ We but to establish two principles of equal im, should have done better if the meat had portance in a country of commerce and inbeen better done;" it was a fillet of veal, Austry, like this to which I have the hapand was cut down, at the moment he spoke, piness to belong. The first is, that a man to the thinness of my hand, on which Mr. seems pretty well done ; what think you, cond, that it is never too late to do well, Vaughan, holding up the dish, said, “ It may be a bankrupt without the smallest
imputation on his integrity; and the segentlemen ?" which there
was a very and that honesty, frugality, and industry, hearty laugh against Grumpall.
(P. 241, 242.)
will invariably in the long run be rewarded
with at least decent competency, peace of In the year 1819, Mr. Brasbridge mind, and the good opinion of all but the had the misfortune to lose his son, envious and the malignant. If in eluand shortly afterwards he retired cidating these principles I have reprobated from business. Since his retirement the conduct of those who have treated me he has been into Monmouthshire, and with baseness and injustice, be it rememhas visited Tintern Abbey :-He does
bered, that I have acknowledged, with far
more warmth, the kind acts and estimable not say whether he prefers it to qualities of those who have proved them. Westminster Abbey.
selves my friends, and that in thus striking This little book is thus concluded. the balance between justice and injustice,
I drink nothing but table ale with my candour and illiberality, generosity and dinner, having taken the same dislike to meauness, I conceive myself to be serving wine that Reynard did to the grapes, and the cause of others as well as my own; of when the cloth is taken away my kind and all, in short, who may have been unfortuworthy wife plays at cribbage with me, nate like myself, and in the same manner that I may not miss the circling glass, or
exposed to the animadversions of a misjudging world.
(P. 255—257.) Sit like my grandsire cut in alabaster, And creep into the jaundice
Considering the very troublesome By being peevish.
times Mr. Brasbridge has lived in, After supper, with the same affectionate at and the sad characters he has had to tention she reads to me whilst I smoke one encounter, he has certainly produced pipe, and take a single glass of grog, or a peaceable and amusing volume, punch. I go to bed at ten, rise a little after which may be placed on the same seven, am glad to see my richer neighbours shelf with John Dunton, and about roll by in their carriages, and enjoy my two shelves under Colley Cibber.
THE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE PRESENT AGE OF POETRY. WERE I called upon to state what their corresponding characteristics ; the Characteristic of the present age in fact, it is from the existence of of Poetry, in my opinion, was, I such distinct characteristics that the should without any hesitation reply whole period of a nation's literature -Sensuality. sy
is divided into ages. Thus the golden The language of Philosophy is age of English poetry (otherwise almost always the same, but ihe dif, called the Elizabethan) is differenced ferent Ages of Polite Literature have from all those which succeeded it, by