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abuse, ticketted Bonaparte, fufficient to last for two or three years. And, Sir, besides the loss of employment to thc poor manufacturers (most of whom live down about Lower Thames Street*, and were taken from the trade of selling fish to that of writing politics), what is to become of the retailers and venders of this article, when deprived of the means of getting their bread in a way for which nature fecm3 particularly to have qualified them?
Now, Sir, if time had been given ; if light had been permitted to break upon us through crannies and fits; if any intimation had been given that things were about to take this surprising turii, gentlemen might have by degrees prepared a civil tongue ; their stock of gull and Spleen might have been fold at least for what it was worth, or by a gradual mixture with the oil of retraction, or the more common elixir of existing circumftances, might have been rendered bland and harmless. The hands too might have been gradually taken off the manufacture, and recommended to some honest · way of getting their bread. Instead of this, however, it is notorious, that they laboured in their vocation until the last moment, and the rancour mills were actually going at the very time the hawkers were selling the Extraordinary Gazette by Tound of horn, a Gazette which has operated like a commiffion of bankruptcy, and has reduced so many poor creatures to a state of helplessness, not having an enemy in the world. I am also credibly informed, that a prodigious trade was opened for the praise of the new ministry, on account of the vigour and success with which they were to carry on the war for two or three years, including some very curious fpecimens of encomiumson new budgets, loans, expeditions, &c. I do not mention this, however, with the same feelings of regret, because praise of this kind, by a very small alteration in the fabrique, may be
THE PEACE, AND ABOUT IT. turned into satire, and has indeed often been taken for such by those who look at it in a full light, and with a steady eye. But as to the articles of abuse now on hand, the Minister will not act fairly, if he does not grant relief by Exchequer bills, or some other part of his predeceffor’s solid system of relieving, merehants by enabling them to trade without customers. I am, Sir, your humble servant,
MORE ABOUT IT.
[From the Morning Herald.]: MR. EDITOR, COMING io tuwi on the first evening of illumination
for the peace, I went into a respectable coffee house in the city before I took off my boots, to partake, as early as possible, of the general joy. I there found a felect set of grave-looking gentlemen, with their backs to the fire; and, as one might naturally antieipate the subject of their discourse at such a moment, I walked up, without much ceremony, and said, “ Gentlemen, I give you joy of the peace !"__"Joy ! Sir,” says one, “I fee no joy in it.”—“Dn the peace !" says a second, pulling up a loose pair of pantaloon breeches; “ it will ruin the country !"- Pray, gentlemen,".. fays 1, “ what's the matter with the peace?" If it be not as good as we could wish, let us thank God, and the Ministers, that it is no worfe!"-"Sir," says another, who had not spoken before, you are not in the fecret; there will now be an end to all fubordination; the lower claffes will require to be crammed equally with the highest; and how are the riff-raff to be kept in subječtion, but by' now aizdi then grinding the face of the poor?” Turning away, somewhat diffatisfied, from these arguers, to the two remaining of 'the knot, I
thought thought I was secure in their coincidence of sentiment with me, because one had lost a leg, which I thought might have given him a belyful of the war, and the other had a countenance universally lighted up, as a fignal for general illumination. But these, if possible, were niore indignant against the peace than the others! for the one faid, that the people, who should never be fed but by private contract under Government, would now demand to feed themselves ;--and the other remarked, that every vagabond now would expect to crack a bottle and a biscuit with the best man in the city!- I was just going to break out in vehement reply, when my landlord, giving me a twitch of the ikirt, took me afide, and whispered me, that it was not worth my while to debate the point with those gentlemen, who were a little too interested at present to reason difpaf. fionately on the subject; the one being an Uxbridge miller--another a great army commissary—a third a great biscuit-baker-and the others men who also lived by the war, as sulamanders do in fire. On this, I took a parting look at this group of malcontents, paid for my glass of brandy and water, and withdrew.
[From the Oracle.) MR. EDITOR, W HEREVER I go I hear nothing talked of but
peace; but, though nobody likes quietness better than myself, I must insist on it that peace and quietness are not synonymous terms, for I never was fo much difturbed during the hottest war as by this change in our political affairs.
From the unfettled state of the public mind the huzzas of boys—the songs of men and the sound of numberlels barrel-organs, and other instruments of
THE PEACE, AND ABOUT IT. musicm-one would imagine that this populous city was infested by St. Visus's Dance, an epidemic which raged in Germany about two centuries ago, and made the people caper about as if they were mad. Perhaps it is fome invisible electric fluid which has given a new impetus to the blood and animal spirits; and I am the more induced to be of this opinion from the uncommon lustre which I see in the eyes of all ranks of people within these few days. Another proof that it is fome electric effluvium is, its effect on the bells of the different churches, which have been almost continually ringing for some days past. The air is certainly filled with this matter to a moft alarming degree, insomuch that it has occafioned innumerable explofions, fimilar to the noise of squibs, the firing of piftols, and the like. In many instances it has caused a confiderable confumption of gunpowder ; nay, a shopkeeper of my acquaintance has not only fold all that he had of that article, but has written to Dartford for a speedy fupply. The tailors, hairdreffers, and man-milliners, are particularly clamorous for ammunition, and swear that as the war began in smoke it shall end in fire. Indeed, the fierce looks of thofe formidable herves, and their marțial ftride, might rather induce us to think that there was an invasion than a peace.
On the whole, I am heartily tired of this carnival, especially as I understand that Peace was one of the heathen' deities. What a shame for people in a Christian country to make such a noise about her!Why, do it, I have not got a wink of sleep fince laft Friday evening, though I have regularly drank a gallon of porter every night by way of opiate; but those cursed street musicians, with their fiddles, hurdygurdies, barrel-organs, and tamborines, are enough io raise the devil ! Then there is such hallooing among the boys, whenever a pistol goes off, that it makes my tead ache; and, worse than all, the sudden decline that is expected in the price of provisions makes my heart ache. I had bought up as much wheat, cheese, bacon, and butter, as would serve a parish, and now i suppose I must fell my goods at twenty or thirty, per cent, lofs. This heathenith Peace has played the devil with me, that's certain ; and I would much rather half the people in Europe had been starved or knocked on the head than that I should lose by fair dealing.
I intend to fet out to-morrow for my residence in Glouceftershire; and if I find any of my children or fervants making a fuss about this good no, this difsreffing news, I'll horsewhip them; d-'n me if I don't.
I am, Mr. Editor,
REMARKS ON THE ILLUMINATIONS.
(From the fame.) PERHAPS the
predominance of joy over every other pafsion was never more truly evinced than in this capital on the auspicious event of peace. Rich and poor, old and young, united in one gratulatory acclamation, and hailed the return of peace with longs of triumph, as the Laplanders welcome the sun.
A variety of beautiful transparencies of Peace, Plenty, and Happiness, were exhibited in different parts of the town; and, what may appear very wonderful, the poor far excelled the opulent in the art of illumi. nating. An artist of the gentle kind, commonly ycleped a cob!cr, contrived to illuminate his whole manfion in Piccadilly with four candle-ends; and an old woman, who, like our good mother Eve; Vmpts every pafling fon of Adam with fruit which must not be touched under the penalty of one halfporny, also displayed three whole candles in the front of her Temple of Pomona! This patriotic natron observed,