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a ftern countenance, thus addressed them: “ I have been the victim not of disease, but of my own credulity and your folly. The money I have given you will suffice to bind you apprentices to a milliner. When you have learned to act, speak, and dress like men, come to me, and I fhall purchase you commiffions in whatever regiment you please !"

GREAT AND LITTLE. THERE is a diversity, and even a contrast, in our

tastes, astonishing to those who study them and examine our actions. We love to distraction great and little things. A little lady, for instance, likes a great appearance; and, for the purpose of acquiring it, takes little airs of importance. With a litile fortune the keeps a house in great style: her pretenfions are great, and the requires little attentions from all those who approach her: ine is passionately fond of litile dogs, and hires great footmen : she thinks nothing so charming as a little apartment, and in that she is defirous of receiving great company.

She exacts great afiiduity from her lovers, of whom se forms a little court, and allows them to take liitle liberties, on which they set great value; the is defirous of raising a little reputation, and of appearing with eclat in the great world, where little intrigues lead to great events : The likes little compliments, and great entertainments; a little raillery, and great sport ; little fans, and great sticks; and nothing pleases her fo much in her admirers as little waistcoats and great pantaloons.

A man is desirous of finding in his goddess a little waist, large eyes, a little foot, et cetera.

A woman, in her admirer, likes well-strung legs, and that he should be possessed of great qualities : a parasite {ecks for great dinners, and girls of the ton run after little snug suppers : little folks are the partisans of the great

theatres, bave fallen into an error upon one material point. You seem to consider too much ex parte the quantity and importance of the fortunes accumu

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theatres, where little authors exhibit great productions with great show, while those of the great world go to applaud in the great theatres very trifling pieces, which are the groundwork of the puny reputation of great authors. Our upstarts have quitted their little apartments to inhabit great palaces, where every thing is conducted on a great scale. They maintain a great retinue, keep a great table, invite great companies, give great fétes, commit great follies, and are overwhelmed with the great compliments of the little courtiers that surround their greainefs.

Liféle Moore * has written a little opera (of little ELVES and FAIRIES) for the little Theatre; little Col. inan has read it, and says “ with a little alteration it will be a pretty little thing."

The ci-devant little Ty0w has at length met with a rival whip in a young gentleman, who daily sports an empty fociable and four (with only fome hungry companion on the box, in case of accident). An empty fociable is surely a misnomer! Would not a sulky have been more appropriate? We know not which may be the better coachman, but little Tonimy certainly contrives to get the most passengers.

PSEUDO-GENTILITY.

[From the Times.] SIR, 1

AM a member of a country book club, where your

paper is daily read and canvassed by the best critics and politicians in our county; but I observe with concern, that yout

• * Mr. Moore has publifned a translation of Anacreon; and, under the feigned name of Little, a volume of Poems, chiefly amatory.

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lated by the war and the scarcity; without taking into the account the equivalent which has taken place in rank, class, and promotion. In other words, you estimate the augmentation of fortunes, without allowing for the promotion of their poffeffors.

Now it is evident, that if this balance be duly preferved, the danger cannot exist which you and others seem to foresee, Sir, from I know not what confusion of orders and men. In this county, at least, every individual has received an accession of honours equal to the increase of his wealth, although some invidious distinctions are partially kept up

All our mealmen and millers are Esquires, and we have no other than gentlemen farmers, My cual-merchant has as many armorial bearings and pretences upon his curricle as the first quack-dottor in London, although I have often thought these gentlemen stole a quarter from every efcutcheon they were the cause of hanging up on our houses.

I mentioned that there were still, indeed, a few ill-natured distinctions. The last purchaser in our parish, by the fplendoar of his illuminations, is fuf pected of being a tallow-chandler in the ñetropolis, although his, newspaper

, is directed to him here as a Esquire. The moderate people, however, describe him as the London Squire ; but attempts are making by the outragés. in aristocracy to create the very moral difcrimination of squire's ante bellum, and squires of the war. We should be happy to be favoured with your opinion upon this innovation, which appears to some of our club to be as dangerous as the celebrated division af an eminent political writer, of constitutional and court

In the mean time, we are assured, by one of our members, who has lately retided in your parts, that

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PSEUDO-GENTILITY. "the fame general promotien has taken place in the capital. He atlirms, that his daughter's teeth were cleaned by a knight, with a crofs and blue riband, and that his banker is a pcer of the realm ; and he told us, with a fneer, that having lately asked this nobleman for a frank in his own fhop, his Loruship excused himself, having given the whole of his number amougft his customers already!

If our friend were not a man of much gravity and consideration, we could hardly give credit to the picture he has drawn of your nianners in this particular. Ile favs he offended, very unknowingly, the same morning, both his solicitor and his apothecary, by omitting to use the word Esquire upon the cover of an order for some rhubarb, and giving the other the addition of Attorney, which, he affures us, is beconte barbarous and obsolete. He compares it, with some humour, to the appellation of CAT, by which puss is niever called but in anger. He says, to name a mau Vartorney is to say hifs-cat.

Be so good as to let us know, if all your comedians and upper fingers are esquires? He affirms, that, upon ethe stage, every man with a good voice and an engagement is a lawful esquire ; and, confidering the Talaries of some of them, he thinks they would make Very good Jords ! I am, Sir, your sincere admirer,

PhilOCLIMAÇOS. P.S. Having flept on the road, I have this morning been aiked to remember the gentleman who cleaned my bouts,

MORE ABOUT IT.

[From the fame.] SIR, I TOOK the liberty some time since, at the instance

of a club to which I have the honour to belong, pointing out to you the general promotion in the

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rank of esquires which has taken place in our county, and of inquiring into the correctricss of the account we had received of a similar elevation in your great city. Since that time, we have more carefully attended to the subject and whatever relates to it, as circun. stances diurnally disclose theinselves; and we are fully satisfied that neither our worthy member nor your excellent publication have misted us.

We observe, Sir, that your fashionable milliners forbid, by public notice in the papers, any ladies from coming a-foot to their shop-doors, or alighting from hackney-coaches. Some of our members, indeed, observing your censures upon the modith nakedness of the day, have concluded this prohibition to arise in a tenderness for the health of their fair customers; and one gentleman will have it, that it is no more than a moral satiré upon your Lady Godivas, implying that no female, in the dress of the ultra-fashionable, can ibe seen in the streets with the smallett regard to de. cency. Our great majority, however, have rightly understood the respect which your marchandes-des.' immodes. very properly exact from the public; and we prefer our English equality of condition, by which every one.juinps into the feat above him, to the Gallican level, which has made every man jump down into the dirt. "In effect, Sir, why should not the votaries of Fashion approach ber priesteffes with due reverence and Fespeet? For my part, when I think how great a part of a modern fine gentleman or fine lady is the work of the tailor and the tire-woman, I am surprised that they do not 'approach their Maker with proper ceremony and devotion; instead of which I am well assured that their mechanical Creator is almost as much neglected as their Divine one.

The next circumstance that has fixed our attention, has given great offence to some of our squires ante bellum, who, by the way, are growing up into a kind of pro

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