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being more polished, and more civil, more qualified for the intercourse of social life, than our ancestors, Now, Sir, granting that all this is true, is it not fhocking that all this should at the same time be a fit. subject for lamentation ? For

my own part, I heartily wish that those persons, or personages, who have introduced such a degree of politeness, had kept it all to themselves. Alas! woful experience proves that it has.descended to our manufactories, our warehouses, and our shops; and the consequence is, that bufiness is retarded and neglected, without our having it in our power to complain.

I can well remember how different the case was in my younger days. The roughness and rudeness of the people then was highly favourable to trade and passion. Then I could rate and fcold a man, and he make me answers little short of the politeness of a fish-woman. I could touch his pride, and by a few well-timed and, most abusive epithets, which are now become obsolete, get my business done in a trice. The man would grumble and growl out a few oaths, pretend that he did not understand such language, that he was a reputable housekeeper, paid foot and lot, and had served parish offices--but still the business was done, and a perfon in my situation never need carry out a quantity of fury and indignation without finding a vent for it. But now it is, “Dear Sir, I am so exceeding forry that little affair of yours (little affair, think of that!) is not quite ready, but really the materials are not come home-or my men have had a bowel-complaint or the weather has been so unfavourable to our bu.. finess and knowing, Sir, your goodness and indulgence ; but you may depend on it. Here! John, Thomas, Richard ! be fure. Mr. Fidget's job be done out of hand immediately, and put by that other-exceeding sorry, indeed, Mr. Fidget--but to-morrow or Thursday at farthest---am quite ashamed you had the trouble

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POLITICAL PANORAMA. to call-give me leave, Sir-our passage is rather dark-take care of the step-am very niuch obliged to you, I am sure, Mr. Fidget, for your orders at all times—you are one of my best friends-your most humble servant, Sir-to-morrow, or Thursday, you may depend on having it home-give me leave-í'll open the door-Sir, your very humble servant !"

Now, Sir, what can a man say to all this? Can I write to my correspondent in the country, and tell him that I dare not scold the person employed on his business, because he is so civil? Yet I cannot avoid giving vent to my passion through the medium of your paper, and I hope some of your correspondents will take the matter in high dudgeon. I am not without fome hope, likewise, that when the peace has had a full effect, our tradesmen may have employment enough to make them faucy; in which cafe, a little impertimence now and then will greatly tend to make emplovers and customers understand one another, and afford much fatisfaction to, Sir,

Your humble servant,

FERDINANDO FIDGET.

POLITICAL PANORAMA.

[From the Oracle.] Tsce a panorama with full effect, the person who

enters should be blindfolded until he or she gets into the proper position, which is as near the middle of the room as poslible, that all may be viewed in a fimilar manner, and with as little difference as can be, 'arising either from unequal distances or any other circumstance.

The Political Panorama is, however, impossible to be viewed with an equal advantage; for whatever the real appearance may be, the mind conceives an inequality of distance and preventions, in favour of particular objects, and against others. I however shall endeavour to give as exact an account as I am able.

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On first opening my eyes, I fixed them on France, when I saw the master of the country reviewing an 'immense army, covered with gold and embroidery, furrounded by an innumerable crowd of people in rags and dirt.

Insolence was in the countenances of the pampered soldiers, fear and want were visible in those of the spectators ; and ever and anon, when a squadron of horse wheeled round, the frightened multitude fled, like the timid dcer before the hounds and hunters.

The spoils of many nations lay piled irregularly, in a vast apartment, covered with cobwebs, through which the works of the moft famous artists in painting and sculpture were visible.

Turning a little to the left, the fame Chief who had been seen reviewing his embroidered army was observed walking in a garden belonging to a superb country-feat. There were sentinels polied at every

Messengers arrived at the gate, and were dispatched, with uncommon rapidity: but no ftranger entered within the gate. Files of musketeers lined the pafiages; and the antechambers were filled with military officers and armed men, In the middle of the garden was an artificial river, with a bridge, in imitation of that of Lodi. A pyramid at one end; at the other a mountain, representing Dunsinane Hill, with Macbeth's Castle on the top. The master of all this was reading a scroll of paper, and seemed terrified and uneasy, and all those in his fight stood at a respectful distance, and uncovered.

A multitude feenied to gaze at this Chief's abode with a mixture of envy and admiration; while others viewed it with fear and contempt :--but in none of the groups did there seem to be lo miserable a man as the inaster of the castle, on whose actions their eyes were all turned with an uncommon degree of anxiety.

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POLITICAL PANORAMA. Every thing in the picture seemed to have been altered and repaired very lately; yet nothing was complete. All the people affected gaicty; but none feemed to possess content. Many were rioting in wealth, while others were starving; but nothing was seen like the calm and tranquil life of him who lives fecure, and enjoys affluence with moderation. In this part of the picture there were great marks of haste and disorder ; and the keeping was irregular :--some parts executed in a masterly style-others in a very slovenly manner; but by no means making a perfect whole, or an agreeable pi&ture.

Next to this was the German Empire, covered with burnt villages, unploughed fields, and ruined castles.'

In the eyes of the inhabitants, despair, vengeance, and affliction were marked ; confufion and want of order were visible every where; and half the picture was torn away.

The dominions of his Imperial Majesty next appear. ed. At one corner, to the south, was a splendid ad. dition to this picture; and to the north a large and populous country :-the one evidently the wreck of a tepublic--the other of a kingdom; but both together making a prodigious addition to the piece, wbich was certamly one of the most itriking on the whole circumference of the Panorama.

In the midst of an industrious people were seen great numbers of soldiers, and manufactures of all sorts of Warlike instruments; and at the chief city, in the palace, there were great numbers of couriers constantly arriving and departing, with letters to and from a numerous council, composed of persons of both sexes; but in which the weaker seemed to bear the way.

Petitions and remonftrances of injured princes covered a whole fideboard; but they feemed to be unnoticed zinder fome fire-arms, fwords, and an inventory of the Carfenal of Venice. This part of the picture is exceedingly improved by

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the addition of a View of the Adriatic Guif, which gives a relief to the whole. Previous to which addition, there was no water in the picture.

The changes lately effected upon this picture are greatly for the better; infomuch, that the Empire is almost invisible by the fide of it; the confused and faded colouring of which tends greatly to set off the brilliant colouring of the hereditary dominions.

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[From the fame.] MR. EDITOR, BEING a man of independent fortune, rather ad

vanced in years, and of a very curious disposition, I frequently amuse myself with perambulating the streets of this extensive “ forest of chimnies,” and endeavour to glean fuch food as may tend to gratify my ravenous appetite for inquiry. It has often ftruck me, that the signs in this metropolis are so opposite to the leveral professions they are intended to designate, that some remedy should be applied, or we shall have foreigners, in consequence of the influx occafioned by the peace, entering the Lamb Public-house, for fleecy hosiery; and the Rose Bagnio, for a bouquet.

Walking the other day near Smithfield, I was surprised at observing a sign called the “ Cow and Snuffers !and whilft I was endeavouring to throw some light upon the subjekt, and puzzling myself in attempting to discover how a cow could snuff a candle, or even a farthing rufhlight, I was faluted on turnirig round, with a fine varnished board, on which fome artist bad exercised his ingenuity in painting a 'Goat in Boots !-I at first thought this a fatire on our oldi debauchees, most of whom hide their spindle legs in the taffelled Hessian; but was told it conveyed a political meaning, and was a poignant philippic against the Welsh ambassador. Pursuing my walk, 1 observed against a strong new-built house,' " A Hole in the

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