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Pleasure of seeing the huge Jack, he had caught, served up for the first Dilh in a most sumptuous manner. Upon our sitting down to it he gave us a long Account how he
had hooked it, played with it, foiled it, and at length • drew it out upon the Bank, with several other Particulars
that lasted all the first Course. A Dilh of Wild-fowl that
came afterwards furnished Conversation for the reft of - the Dinner, which concluded with a late Invention of Will's for improving the Quail-Pipe, • UPOŇ withdrawing into my Řoom after Dinner, I was secretly touched with Compassion towards the honest Gentleman that had dined with us; and could not buc consider with a great deal of Concern, how so good an Heart and such busy Hands were wholly employed in Trifles; that so much Humanity should be so little beneficial to others, and so much Industry so little advantageous to himself. The same Temper of Mind and Application to Affairs might have recommended him to the publick Esteem, and have raised his Fortune in another Station of Life. What good to his Country or himself might not a Trader or Merchant have done with such use. ful tho’ ordinary Qualifications? · WILL. WIMBLE's is the Cafe of many a younger Brother of a great Family, who had rather see their Children starve like Gentlemen, than thrive in a Trade or Pro, fession that is beneath their Quality. This Humour fills se. veral Parts of Europe with Pride and Beggary, le is the Happiness of a trading Nation,like ours, that the youngerSons, tho' uncapable of any liberal Art or Profession, may be placed in such a Way of Life, as may perhaps enable them to vie with the best of their family: Accordingly we find several Citizens that were launched into the World with narrow Fortunes, rising by an honest Industry to greater Estates than those of their elder Brothers. It is not improbable but will. was formerly tried at Divinity, Law, or Phyfick; and that finding his Genius did not lie that Way, his Parents gave him up at length to his own Inventions. But certainly, however improper he might have been for Studies of a higher Nature, he was perfectly well gurned for the Occupations of Trade and Commerce. As I think this is a Point which cannot be too much inculcated, I Ihall desire my Reader to compare what I have here writE 4
ten with what I have said in my Twenty first Specula
Thursday, July 5.
i Abnormis Sapiens-- Hor. TWas this Morning walking in the Gallery, when Sir
ROGER entered at the End opposite to me, and ad
yancing towards me, said he was glad to meet me among his Relations the D E COVER LEYS, and hoped I liked the Conversation of so much good Company, who were as silent as my self. I knew he alluded to the Pictures, and as he is a Gentleman who does not a little value himself upon his ancient Descent, I expected he would give me some Account of them. We were now arrived at the upper End of the Gallery, when the Knight faced towards one of the Pictures, and as we stood before it, he entered into the Matter, after his blunt way of say. ing Things, as they occur to his Imagination, without regular Introduction, or Care to preserve the Appearance of Chain of Thought.
"IT is, said he, worth while to consider the Force of 'Dress; and how the Persons of one Age differ from
those of another, meerly by that only. One may ob'serve also that the general Fashion of one Age has been ' followed by one particular Set of People in another, and
by them preserved from one Generation to another. • Thus the vast jetting Coat and small Bonnet, which was
the Habit in Harry the Seventh's Time, is kept on in 'the Yeomen of the Guard; not without a good and po' litick View, because they look a Foot taller, and a Foot • and an half broader : Besides that, the Cap leaves the 'Face expanded, and consequently inore Terrible, and • fitter to stand at the Entrance of Palaces.
'THIS Predecessor of ours, you see, is dressed after this manner, and his Cheeks would be no larger than • mine, were he in a Hatas I am. He was the last Man that won a Prize in the Tilt-Yard (which is now a
• Common Street before Whitehall) You see the broken ' Lance that lies there by his right Foot; He shivered that • Lance of his Adversary all to Pieces; and bearing him(self, look you Sir, in this manner, at the same time he ' came within the Target of the Gentleman who rode ao gainst him, and taking him with incredible Force be'fore him on the Pummel of his Saddle, he in that man. ' ner rid the Turnament over, with an Air that shewed " he did it rather to perform the Rule of the Lifts, than • expose his Enemy; however, it appeared he knew how
to make use of a Victory, and with a gentle Trot he • marched up to a Gallery where their Mistress sat (for " they were Rivals) and let him down with laudable • Courtesy and pardonable Insolence. I don't know but : it might be exactly where the Coffee-house is now.
"YOU are to know this my Ancestor was not only of ' a military Genius, but fit also for the Arts of Peace, for • he play'd on the Base-Viol as well as any Gentleman at • Court; you see where his Viol hangs by his Basket-hile • Sword. "The Action at the Tilt-yard you may be sure
won the fair Lady, who was a Maid of Honour, and o the greatest Beauty of her Time; here she stands the r next Picture. You see, Sir, my Great Great Great o Grandmother has on the new-fashioned Petticoat,except o that the Modern is gathered at the Waste; my Grand• mother appears as if she stood in a large Drum, whereas • the Ladies now walk as if they were in a Go-Cart, • For all this Lady was bred at Ceurt, she became an Ex• cellent Country-Wife, she brought ten Children, and r when I lhew you the Library, you shall see in her own • Hand (allowing for the Difference of the Language,)
the best Receipt now in England both for an Hasty-Pudrding and a White-pot.
IF you please to fall back a little, because 'tis necesa • sary to look at the three next Pictures at one View; " these are three Sisters. She on the right Hand, who is « so very beautiful, died a Maid; the next to her, still · handsomer, had the same Fate, against her Will; this
homely thing in the middle had both their Portions ad"ded to her own, and was stolen by a neighbouring Genstleman, a Man of Stratagem and Refolution, for he poisoned three Mastiffs to come at her, and knocked ES
down two Deer-stealers in carrying her off. Misfor: . tunes happen in all Families: The Theft of this Romp and so much Mony, was no great matter to our Estate,
But the next Heir that possessed it was this foft Gentle' man, whom you see there : Observe the fmall Buttons,
the little Boots, the Lácés, the Slashes about his Cloaths, and above all the Posture he is drawn in, (which to be sure was his own chusing;) you see he sits with one Hand on a Desk writing, and looking as it were ano'ther way, like an easy Writer, or a Sonneteer: He was ! one of those that had too much Wit to know how to
live in the World; he was a Man of no Justice, but
great good Manners; he ruined every Body that had • any thing to do with him, but never faid a rude thing rin'his Life : the most indolent Person in the World, he • would sign a Deed that passed away half his Estate with
his Gloves on, but would not put on his Hat before a • Lady if it were to saye his Country. He is said to be
the first that made Love by squeezing the Hand. He "left the Estate with ten thousand Pounds Debt upon * it, but however by all Hands I have been informed that ' he was every way the finest Gentleman in the World. " That Debt lay heavy on our House for one Generation, ' but it was retrieved by a Gift from that honest Man
you see there, a Citizen of our Name, but nothing at. • all a-kin to us. I know Sir ANDREW FREE PORT < has said behind my Back, that this Man was descended a from one of the ten Children of the Maid of Honour I
shewed you above; but it was never made out. We ! winked at the thing indeed, because Money waswanting " at that time,
Here I saw my Friend a little embarrassed, and turn. ed my Face to the next Portraiture,
SIR ROGER went on with his Account of the Gallery in the following manner. This Man (pointing to • him I look'd at) I take to be the Honour of our House, • Sir HUMPHREY DE COYERLEY; he was in his Deals ‘ings as punctual as a Tradesman, and as, generous as a
Gentleman. He would have thought himself as much “ undone by breaking his Word, as if it were to be follow. • ed by Bankruptcy. He served his Country as Knight of this Shire to his dying Day, He found it no caly mat.
i ter to maintain an Integrity in his Words and Adions,
even in things that regarded the Offices which were incumbent upon him, in the Care of his own Affairs and ! Relations of Life, and therefore dreaded (tho’ he had
great Talents) to go into Employments of State, where • he must be exposed to the Snares of Ambition. Inno.. 'cence of Life and great Ability were the distinguishing ! Parts of his Character; the latter, he had often observed, ' had led to the Destruction of the former, and used fre' quently to lament that Great and Good had not the same • Signification. He was an excellent Husbandman, but had
relolved not to exceed such a Degree of Wealth; all above it he bestowed in secret Bounties many Years afier ! the Sum he aimed at for his own Use was attained. Yet • he did not Nacken his Industry, but to a decent old Age • spent the Life and Fortune which was fuperfluous to o himself, in the Service of his Friends and Neighbours.
HERE we were called to Dinner, and Sir ROGER ended the Discourse of this Gentleman, by telling me, as we followed the Servant, that this his Ancestor was a brave Man, and narrowly escaped being killed in the Civil Wars; • For, faid he, he was sent out of the Field upon a private • Meffage, she Day before the Battel of Worcester. The Whim of narrowly escaping, by having been within a Day of Danger, with other Matters above-mentioned, mixed with good Sense, left ine at a Loss whether I was inore delighted with my Friend's Wisdom or Simplicity. R
Friday, July 6.
Horror ubique animos, fimul ipsa silentia terrent. Virg, A T a little Distance from Sir ROGER's House o A mong the Ruins of an old Abby, there is a long
* Walk of aged Elms; which are not up so very high, that when one passes under them, the Rooks and Crows that rest upon the Tops of them seem to be Cawing in another Region. I am very much delighted with this sort of Noise, which I consider as a kind of natural Prayer to that Being who supplies the Wants of his whole