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early thome to see his little boy's gums lanced; and, besides, that he intended to give his youngest daughter & cathartic.
This speech being delivered in slow time, and in a very folemn tone, necessarily produced a strong impression; and it was immediately answered by a man of a tawny aspect, with a great wig, who spread a lean and red hand wide upon his breast, and spoke his own daughters in a way ftill more grave and affecting.
This was succeeded by a piece of ceremony between two men with very long ears, one of whom was quitting his feat with a glass of brandy and water in his hand, and the other taking poffeffion of it with his hands in his breeches pockets. I thought they had very filly faces for a Council; but then there might be a great deal in the long ears.
Two others, who had cars too, but had got then cropt, were talking together good-naturedly in a corner, and cracking filberts.
But I was itruck, most of all, with an old marinerlooking man, who seemed to regard nothing that was paffing, being wholly intent on sea-charts, and plans of harbours, which he had in great numbers before him, I could not but smile at the rough manner in which he handled some inodels of gun-boats and flatbottomed craft, dashing them in pieces, and exclaiming that he wished he had never heen persuaded to risk his reputation in thoal water.
By this time the man in the boot grew impatient, and called aloud for Master Shallow, who had been all the while stalking about on a pair of stilts, at least fourteen feet high. Shallow instantly, with loud and fplendid emphafis, began to discourse upon the Alps and Appenines, the Pyreneans and the river Po; upon antres, projects and counter-projects, elephants and otters. He then breathed a little, ate a crocodile, and proceeded.
He said, his father had inftructed himn early in life, that there were thirteen pyramids in the Lower Egypt, and thirteen counties in Wales, including Chester; ! wonderful coincidence, which had guided him in all his negotiations. “I have taken in Bonaparte, it is true, and all Europe will be making a noise about it; but am I to be blamed if the republic will commit its affairs to feeble and incapable hands? The truth is, Bonaparte was afraid of my military talents, and freely offered me whatever I chose, either on the continent or in the Indies, provided I would give my word of honour not to march to Paris.
“ Now this was a serious point, for it not only involv.. ed my own fame, but I feared to compromise the renown of Sir John Eamer as a soldier, which promised to be as great as his glory in felling of treacle and sweeping of shops. The other great volunteer commanders might alla complain, and juftly : but upon the whole I thought the national reputation was fufficiently prorected by the admission of Bonaparte himself, who wilt at any time own that the affair at Lodi was not to be compared with the expulfion of the Knight Banneret and his host from the cellars of the banquetting-house*, and that Marengo was not equal to my glorious vi&ory at Tranent."
Here the old seaman arose, apparently displeased, and said something which I could not well hear; but I conjectured it was against Master Shallow, for he concluded with saying, that he could not be accused of depreciating the young man, fince he had always admitted that Maiter Shallow had talents enough, if properly applied, to make an exceeding good fifer.
Upon this, Shallow was wroth, and for a little while cvery thing was in disorder; when methought the celebratedGRcamein, and gaveevery one present, excepting the feaman, a great kick, to prepare them to re
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4 ceive bis master. Instantly every eye was turned towards the door, not without much anxiety and trepidation. The man in the boot, in particular, thewed great distress, clinging to the chair with prodigious vehemence, and loudly calling on St. James for affistance. But the inexorable R, after again kicking him, laid him sprawling on the floor.
Mr. P- then entered; but as the imagination in sleep diftorts and changes every object, so he appeared altogether ghastly and deformed. He seemed aiming to reach the chair; but his legs suddenly dwindled and rotted away. As he called for support, a few persons went to his affiftance; but when they found he could no longer ftand, they cruelly forsook him: and then such, a horrible odour exhaled from his livid body, that I found myself relieved from the most dreadful horror when a person cast a wet blanket over him.
Iustantly a hideous clamour invaded my ears, and forward rushed a furious band of drovers, butchers, and blackguards, with the cracking of whips, the claining of arms, and the noise of dogs. They gave three loud huzzas, and cried out, “ Bull-baiting for ever!" with a. found that portended murder rather than sport. I shrunk at the fury and cruelty of their aspect--yet I. could not but fancy that I distinguished fome faces. which were familiar to me, and which I should have recognised with satisfaction had they appeared in more suitable company:
One in particular, who seemed the very leader of the gang, I imagined I had known when the fagacious only could have foreseen that he should ever have become a r-c-l. He held a bloody hatchet aloft, and urged on his dogs in the course of death. Rancoux and malignity took place of courage. His reason seemed perturbed, and even his thin hairs raged, and repelled one another with discord.
In his train I fancied I faw men whom treason itfelf could not trust; vigorous statesmen foaming with the
anguith of disappointment; and men disguised in lawn fleeves, trampling under their feet the poor and the helpless.
Thee too, Nicodemus, I could see, enveloped though thou wert in a long robe of white, the emblem of purity and innocence : yet methought thou hadít a dagger concealed in thy fleeve; and, as the robe edged a little afide--pardon me, dear Nicodenius, but-methought I spied the legs of a goat."
My heart funk within me when I viewed the misery that seemed ready to fall on the earth; and earnestly did I pray that feme angel of mercy might descend to restrain the wrath of man, and stay the march of desolation. I faw Peace, but the was clouded with suspicion and diftruft. I faw Patriotism, but she was mocked and derided. I saw Liberty, but she was loaded with calumnies.
« Alas!" quoth I—and I in jantly awoke, to ruminate on the vagaries of fancy.
I am, Sir, yours, &c. October 8, 1801.
THE PEACE, AND ABOUT IT.
[From the fame.) MR. EDITOR, THE sudden surprise of the public, on the news of
peace, has been considered as a merit on the part of the negotiators; I own I cannot see with what reason. - We are told, indeed, that secrecy was preserved, in tenderness to the property of persons concerned in the funds : this has a feasible appearance, but such persons are not the majority of the nation. It is also faid, that it would have been unwise to divulge the progress of the negotiation, left expectations should have been raised only to end in the bitterness of disappointment: but how tong bas this been the system of Ministers, or how B 3
THB PEACE, AND ABOUT 17. many expectations have been raised which have not ended in disappointment? Those occasioned by the negotiations at Paris and Lifle not only ended in dif. appointment, but we were taught to thank God for it; and that by great men, who, if they had gone on thanking God for their failures, would have afforded unprecedented examples of continual gratitude.
Admitting all these excufes, however, in full force, it will not follow that Ministers have acted very wisely in bursting upon us with a peace, when not ten men in the kingdom were thinking of such an event, and when their own journals were instructing us to the laft moment to confider the negotiation as a mere humbug. They ought to have considered the state of the feelings of the nation--feelings entirely of their own creation : how long we have been inured to the most rooted, indelible, juft, and necessary animofities, which have been fostered in support of a war for religion, property, and social order! They ought to have considered, that men who, for eight long years, have been kept in a fever of hatred, paffion, rancour, and revenge--fet in a state of fermentation by perpetual ftirring, cannot in a moment be lowered down to conciliation and complacency. Were we not taught to cherith an abhorsence of the French, a contempt for the Spaniards, an averfion to the Dutch, and a decent share of disrespect for the Pruffians, Swedes, and Danes ? What judges of human nature must they be who think the transition from fighting to embracing fo very easy?
After manufacturing in specches, pamphlets, paragraphs, and even fernions, such a vast quantity of “ hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness," where Thall - we find cuftomers to take articles off our hands for which there is no longer a demand, unless perhaps in small quantities for families? It is a very serious confideration, that there is at this moment in the warehouses of the ministerial writers, a quantity of personal