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and end of it. Jack, you must know, by kindly dressed the wound upon the field being a militia captain, is become a fine of battle. gemleman; so fine a one, indeed, that he Another necessary qualification of a affects to despise what he never knew, soldier is, cursing and swearing; in and asked me, if i bad not, as well as him- which exercise, I assure you, our militia sell, forgot all my Greek.
gentry are very expert. It is true, they It is vite, that my friend Jack (I beg bad had some practice in it before they his houeur's pardon, I should say cap- left their native fields, but were not discita'n) bus had ihe advantage of an Oxford plined in discharging their oaths with right education; and therefore it is not won- military grace. A common fellow may derful, that he has been worked, kneaded, swear indeed like a trooper, as any one mouided, fine-drawn, and polished into may let off a gun, or push with a sword; a better kind of pipe-maker's clay than but to do it with a good air, is to be the clods of wbich some of his brother learned only in a camp. This practice, I officers were composed. Yet these, I suppose, was introduced among our regifound, bad in some measure cast their ments, and tolerated by the chaplains, that slough, and put on the martial gentility it might familiarize them to the most with the dress: such are the surprising shocking circumstances; for, after they effects of a red coat, that it immediately have intrepidly damned one another's dubs a man a gentleman; as, for instance, eyes, limbs, blood, souls, and even their every private man in bis majesty's foot- own, they must certainly be fearless of guards is dignified with the title of a gen- any harm that can happen to them. tleman-soldier.
Drinking is another absolute requisite To the honour of the militia be it spo- in the character of a good officer : and ia ken, their osticers have made noble ad- this our militia are not at all deficient. vances in the military arts, and are be- Indeed they are kept to such constant come as great proficients in them as any duty in this exercise, that they cannot fail of the regulars; I mean those arts parti- of being very expert at it. No veterans cularly, which will render them an orna- in the service can charge their glasses in ment io their country in the time of peace. better order, or discharge them more reFirst then, with respect to dress and po- gularly at the word of command. By the liteness of behaviour. The red coat, the way, ihis is the only duty that is expected cockade, the shoulder-knot, and the sword, from the chaplain; and he is commonly have metamorphosed our plain country as ready to perform it as any of the corps. 'squires into as arrant beaux as any on Intrigue is as essential to a soldier as the parade. The short jerkin, striped his regimentals; you will therefore imawaistcoat, leather breeches, and livery of gine the militia do not fall short of the the hunt, are exchanged for an elegant regulars in this military accomplishment. laced unisorm; the bob wig has sprouted Every woman is regarded by them as to a queue; the boots are cast off for silk lawful plunder; some they besiege by sestockings and turned pumps; and the cret sap and undermining, and some ibey long whip has given place to a gold-hilted take by assault. It has been frequently sword, with a Haming sword-koot. They a practice in the most civilized armies, have reconciled themselves to ruffles, and whenever they storm a town, not only to can make a bow, and come into a room cut the throats of the men, but to ravish with a good grace. With these accomplish- the women : and it is from this example, ments, our bumpkins have been enabled I suppose, that our officers think it an into shipe at country assemblies; though it dispensable branch of their duty to demust be confessed, that these grown gen- bauch the wives and sisters of the inhatlemen stand somewhat in need of Mr. bitants wherever they are quartered ; or Duke's instructions. Some of them have perhaps, considering the great loss of men in so carried their politeness so far as to we have sustained by sea and land, they decide a point of honour with their are desirous of filling up the chasm, and words; and at the last town I passed providing recruits for future war. hrough, I was told, there had been a duel The last circumstance which I shall between a militia officer and the surgeon mention, as highly necessary in an officer, Pf the place ; when the former being is, the spirit of gaining. The militiagricked in the sword-arm, his antagonist officer was undoubtedly possessed of this absectly pulled out his salve-box, and spirit in some degree before, and would
back his own horses on the turf, or his I verily believe, if a man would own cocks in a main, or bye-battle; but consult every physician in the kingdoin, he never thought of risking his whole pa- he would visit every sink in the whole trimony on a single card, or the turn of a island, for there is not a hole or bottom die. Some of them have suffered more in any county that has not its salutary by a peaceful summer's campaign, than spring; and every spring has its physician if their estates had been overrun, pillaged, to prove, in a long pamphlet of bard and laid waste by the invader; and what words, that those waters are superior 10 does it signify, whether the timber is cut any other, and that any patient, in any down and destroyed by the enemy, or sold disorder whatever, may be sure of relief. to satisfy a debt of honour to a sharper. In short, we seem to have a second de
But the rain is over, and I am glad luge, not by the wickedness, but the folly of it—as I am growing serious, contrary of the people, and every one is taking as to my usual humour. I have ordered my much pains to perish in it as Noah and horse out—and have some miles to ride – his family did to escape it. 80 no more at present from
The present thirst after this element, Your constant correspondent, &c. which the physicians have created, makes
B. Thornton. it necessary for them to send their patients
to some waters in vogue; but the choice $ 116. On going to Bath, Tunbridge, and being left to the docior, he is determined olher Watering-places, in the Summer. in it by various circumstances : sometimes Nunc est bibendum. Sadlers- Wells.
the patient is sent where the best advice
and assistance may be had, in case the It has long been a doubt with me, distemper should
sometimes whether his majesty loses more subjects where the physician of the place is a couin the year by water or by spirituous li- sin or a pupil of the plıysician in town; quors; I mean, I cannot determine with- sometimes where the doctor has an estate in myself, whether Bath, Tunbridge, in the neighbourhood; and I have inore Scarborough, &c. &c. &c. do less harın to than once known a patient sent to a place, the constitutions of my fellow-creatures for no other reason, but because the docthan brandy, gin, or even British spirits. tor was born within four miles of it. I own, nothing gives me more surprise in I cannot easily saggest to myself any the practice of the learned in Warwick- reason, why physicians in London are lane, than their almost unanimously con- fond of sending their patients to waters curring in ducking their patients in the at the greatest distance, whilst the coun. sea, or drenching them with salt, steel, or try practitioners generally recommend the sulphureous water, be their distemper springs in their neighbourhood. I cannot what it may. If a man has a dropsy, come into the notion that prevails among they will not hesitate to give gallons of many persons, that some of the faculty in this element, as they do not scruple to in London divide the fees with those give the strongest cordials sometimes in they recommend in the country, like the the most violent fever.
lawyers who deal in agency: but I am Though the faculty seemed to agree, induced to think that, as they are conone and all, that every patient should vi- scious the waters are out of the case, they sit some watering-place or other in the hope the exercise and change of air in a summer, I do not find they are settled in long journey will lay the groundwork their opinions, what particular waters suit of that cure, which the temperance and particular disorders. I have visited thein dissipation prescribed by the doctor may all for my amusement; and upon con- possibly perform: on this account they versing with the invalids in each place, I decline sending their patients to Sadler:have found, to my great surprise, in Bath, Wells, Powis-Wells
, Pancras-Wells, AcTunbridge, Bristol, and Brighthelmstone, ton-Wells, Bagnigge-Wells, the Dog and many persons drinking the waters for the Duck, or Islington Spa, which are as sagout, bilious colics, or weak nerves, as lutary as those of Bath or Tunbridge for if the same effects could be produced by patients who live at a distance, and who steel, salt, and sulphur; nay, a gentleman
can receive no benefit from the wells and of my acquaintance was sent by different spas in their neighbourhood. physicians to different places, though they Another circumstance confirms me in were all agreed about the nature of his the opinion, that the waters of any spa do nothing more towards the core than what same directions, whenever his relapsing is to be bad from any pump whatsoever. into his former course of life should bring I never found the inhabitants of the place on the like disorder, be might be sure of appear at the springs and wells with the as speedy and effectual a cure. company of foreigners; and as I have I should, however, want gratitude, as seen many invalids among them com- well as candour, if I did not acknowledge plaining of colics, asthmas, gouts, &c. a very lasting obligation I lie under to as much as the visitors of the place, and Tunbridge waters; my wife and I had if it is said, that many who come to Bath lamented, for two or three years, that the on crutches go away without them, I have very good estate which I enjoyed, would, seen, more than once, those very crutches probably, after my death, go into another supporting some miserable cripple of the family, for want of an heir in my own. town.
My wife was advised to go to Tunbridge, It inay be urged, that many cures have and to drink the waters for eight or nine been performed at these public places; months ; we were very much grieved to part but whether they are to be attributed to for so long a time; but such has been our the waters, or the air, exercise, and tem- amazing success, that the dear creature perance prescribed by the doctor, will ap- returned to me, at the end of half a year, pear from the following story.
four months gone with child. An honest country baker having, by
B. Thornton. his close and anxious application 10 busidess in the day time, and a very constant
$117. The faint-hearted Lover. attendance at the Three Horse-shoes at I do not doubt but every one of your night, contracted a distemper that is best readers will be able to judge of my case, understood by the names of the Hip or as, without question, every one of them the Horrors, was so very miserable, that either has been, or is at present, as much he had made two attempts upon his own in love as your humble servant. You life; at length, by the persuasion of his must know, Sir, I am the very Mr. Faintfriends, he applied to a physician in the heart described in the proverb, who never neighbourhood for advice; the doctor (I won fair lady for though I have paid my suppose a quack, by the low fee which he addresses to several of the sex, I have demanded) told him, he would cure him gone about it in so meek and pitiful a manin a month, if he would follow his direc- ner, that it might fairly be a question, tions; but he expected, in the mean time, whether I was in earnest. One of my a new quartern loaf whenever he should Dulcineas was taken, as we catch mackasend for it. In return for the first quar. rel, by a bit of scarlet; another was setern, he sent a box of pills, with directions duced from me by a suit of embroidery; for the baker to take three at six in the and another surrendered, at the first atmorning fasting, after which to walk four tack, to the long sword of an Irishman. miles ; to take the same number at six in My present suit and service is paid to a the evening, and to walk the like number certain lady who is as fearful of receiving of miles; to repeat the same number of any tokens of my affection as I am of of pills at eight, and to work them off with fering them. I am only permitted to ada pint of ale, without the use of his pipe, mire her at a distance; an ogle or a leer and the like number at ten o'clock going are all the advances Í dare make; if I to bed.
The baker kept his word with move but a finger it puts ber all in a the doctor; and the doctor kept his with sweat; and, like the sensitive plant, she the patient; for at the end of the month, would shrink and die away at a touch. the honest fellow was in as good health, During our long courtship I never offered and enjoyed as high spirits, as when he to salute her but once; and then she was a boy. The cheapness of his cure made such a wriggling with ber body, induced the baker to inquire of his doc- such a struggling with her arms, and such tor, by what wonderful medicine so a tossing and twirling of her head to and speedy and perfect a cure had been ef- fro, that, instead of touching her lips, I fected. The doctor, which is another proof was nearly in danger of carrying off the of his not being regularly bred, told him, tip of her nose. I even dared at another the pills were made of his own loaf, cover- time to take her round the waist; but she ed with gold leaf; and added, if he would bounced away from me, and screamed take the game medicine, and follow the out as if I had actually been going to
commit a rape upon her. I also once Dear Sir, plucked up courage sufficient to attempt Though I regret leaving you so soon, squeezing her by the hand, but she re- especially as the weather has since sisted
my attack by so close a clench of proved so fine, that it makes me long to her fist, that my grasp was presented with be with you in the country, yet I honothing but sharp-pointed knuckles, and a nestly confess, that I am heartily glad I long-thumb-nail; and I was directly after came to town as I did. As I have seen. saluted with a violent stroke on my jaw- it, I declare I would not have missed the bone. If I walk out with her, I use all sight upon any consideration. The friendmy endeavours to keep close at her side; ship of Mr. Rolles, who procured me a but she whisks away from me as though pass-ticket, as they call it, enabled me to I had some catching distemper about me: be present both in the Hall and the Abif there are but three of us, she eludes my bey; and as to the procession out of design by skipping sometimes on one side doors, I had a fine view of it froin a oneand sometimes on t'other as I approach pair of stairs room, which your neighher; but when there are more of us in bour, Sir Edward, had hired at the small company she takes care to be sheltered price of one hundred guineas, on purpose from me by placing herself the very mid- to oblige his acquaintance. I wish you most of the rank. If we ride in a coach had been with me; but as you have been together, I am not only debarred from deprived of a sight, which probably very sitting on the same side, but I must be few that were present will ever see again, seated on the furthermost corner of the I will endeavour to describe it to you as seat opposite to her, that our knees may minutely as I can while the circumstances not meet. We are as much at a distance are fresh in my inemory, though my defrom one another at dinner, as if we were scription must fall very short of the reareally man and wife, whom custom has lity. First, then, conceive to yourself directed to be kept asunder the whole the fronts of the houses, in all the streets length of the table; and when we drink that could command the least point of tea, she would sooner run the risk of hav- view, lined with scaffolding, like so many ing the contents spilt over her, than take galleries or boxes raised one above anthe cup and saucer from me any nearer other to the very roofs. These were than at both our arms length. If I men- covered with carpets and cloths of differtion a syllable that in the least borders ent colours, which presented a pleasing upon love, she immediately reddens at it variety to the eye; and if you consider as much as if I had let drop a loose or in- the brilliant appearance of the spectators delicate expression; and when I desire to who were seated in them (many being have a little private conversation with her, richly dressed) you will easily imagine she wonders at my impudence, to think that this was no indifferent part of the that she could trust herself with a man show. The mob underneath made a alone. In short, Sir, I begin to despair of pretty contrast to the rest of the company. ever coming to close contact with her : Add to this, that though we had nothing but what is still more provoking, though but wet and cloudy weather for some she keeps me at so respectful a distance, time before, the day cleared up, and the she tamely permits a strapping fellow of sun shone auspiciously, as it were in comthe guards to pat her on the cheek, play pliment to the grand festival. The platwith her hand, and even approach her form, on account of the uncertainty of the lips, and that too in my presence. If you, weather, had a shelving roof, which was or any of your readers, can advise me covered with a kind of sail-cloth ; but what to do in this case, it will be a last- near the place, where I was, an honest ing obligation conferred on
Jaek Tar climbed up to the top and Your very humble servant,
stripped off the covering, which gave us, Timothy MILDMAN. not only a more extensive view, but let B. Thornton. the light in upon every part of the pro
cession, I should tell you that a rank of § 118. A circumstantial Detail of every foot soldiers were placed on each side Particular that passed at the Coronation within the platform ; and it was not a
little surprising to see the officers fami[In a letter from a Gentleman to his Friend liarly conversing and walking arm in arm in the Country.]
with many of them, till we were let into
the secret that they were gentlemen who magnificent canopies. Her majesty's chair had put on the dresses of common sol- was on the left hand of his majesty; and diers, for what purpose I need not men- they were attended by the great chamtion. On the outside were stationed, at berlain, lord high constable, earl marshal, proper distances, several parties of horse- and other great officers. Four swords, I guards, whose horses, indeed, somewhat observed, and as many spurs, were preincommoded the people, that pressed in- sented in form, and then placed upon a cessantly upon them, by their prancing table before the king. and capering; though luckily, I do not There was a neglect, it seems, somehear of any great mischief being done. I where, in not sending for the dean and must confese, it gave it me much pain to prebendaries of Westminster, &c. who, see the soldiers, both horse and foot, most not finding themselves summoned, came unmercifully belabouring the heads of the of their own accord, preceded by the mob with their broad swords, bayonets, choristers, singers, &c. among whom was and muskets; but it was not unpleasant your favourite, as indeed he is of every to observe several tipping the horse-sol- one, Mr. Beard. The Hall-gale was now diers slily from time to time (some with thrown open to admit this lesser proceshalfpence, and some with silver, as sion from the Abbey, when the bishop of they could muster up the caslı) to let them Rochester (that is, the dean) and his atpass between the horses to get nearer the tendants brought the Bible and the folplatform; after which these unconscionable lowing regalia of the king, viz. St. Edgeniry drove them back again. As soon ward's crown, rested on a cushion of as it was day-break (sor I chose to go to gold cloth, the orb with the cross, a my place over-night) we were diverted sceptre with the dove on the top, another with secing the coaches and chairs of the tipt with a cross, and what they call St. nobility and gentry passing along with Edward's staff. The queen's regalia were muchado; and several persons very brought at the same time, viz. her crown richly dressed were obliged to quit their upon a cushion, a sceptre with a cross, equipages, and be escorted by the soldiers and a rod of ivory with a dove. These through the mob to their respective places. were severally laid before their majesties, Several carriages, I am told, received and afterwards delivered to the respective great damage: Mr. Jennings, whom you officers who were to bear them in the know, had his chariot broke to pieces; procession. but providentially neither he nor Mrs. Considering the length of the cavalJennings, who were in it, received any cade, and the numbers that were to walk, hurt.
it is no wonder that there should be much Their majesties (to the shame of those confusion in marshalling the ranks. At be it spoken who were not so punctual) last, however, every thing was regularly came in their chairs from St. James's adjusted, and the procession began to through the Park to Westminster about quit the Hall between eleven and twelve. nine o'clock. The king went into a room The platform leading to the west door of which they call the Court of Wards, and the Abbey was covered with blue baize the queen into that belonging to the gen- for the train to walk on ; but there seemtleman-usher of the black-rod.
ed to me a defect in not covering the upbility and others, who were to walk in right posts that supported the awning, as the procession, were mustered and ranged it is called (for they looked mean and by the oflicers of arms in the court of naked) with that or some other coloured Requests
, Painted Chamber, and House cloth. As I carry you along, I shall wave of Lords, from whence the cavalcade was mentioning the minute particulars of the conducted into Westminster-hall. As you procession, and only observe that the know all the avenues and places about the nobility walked two by two. Being wilHall
, you will not be at a loss to under- ling to see the procession pass along stand me. My pass-ticket would have the platform through the streets, I hasbeen of no service, if I had not prevailed tened from the Hall, and by the ason one of the guards, by the irresistible sistance of a soldier made my way argument of half-a-crown, to make way to my former station at the corner of for me through the mob to the Hall-gate, Bridge-Street, where the windows comwhere I got admittance just as their ma- manded a double view at the turning.. I jesties were seated at the upper end, under shall not attempt to describe the splendor