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On the ADVANTAGES of being in a HURRY.
To the Editor of the Universal Magazine.
are gravely han- tion.
be allowed to it, on the score of the appearance of the thing which bodily exertion, for it cannot have pleaf's the lover of hurry, and he been easy to break through natural in- gains from those who judge on'y from dolence, and form those exertions into appearances (a gieat proportion of a habit, which muft have been origi- mankind) that reputation which the nally very difficult, and are to many other has to seek at the hands of the very irkfome, and, indeed, imposible knowing few. to be continued. It may likewise be In country villages, we fee displaythought that the swift-of-foot are en- ed in a very firiking light, what an titled to merit upon another account, eminent author cal.s the dignity of as following the beft medical prescrip- hurry,' No sooner does a poit-chaife tion for the preservation of health, I pass the turnpike at the entrance, than mean exercise, without some portion the portillon, knowing the taste of his of which the body cannot be long pallengers, drives furiously along the kept in a healthy ftare. Persons why itreet, triglitens lame women and chilvse frequent and regular exercise, and dren who are but learning to walk, who never allow the blood to stagnate, and disturbs the occupations of the are observed generally to enjoy long country folks, who mult ftretch out life and health.
their necks to see who is coming. But, fir, I hope I fhall not be thought This, with the rattling of the wheels, ancharitable, if, while I give to ne- the smack of the whip, and the bark cessary exercise all the praise that is ing of dogs, you will agree constitutes due, Í attribute the hurry and bustle, no small degree of confequence, which which are peculiarly the subject of this is at length finally wound up by the letter, to a very different cause, landlord and waiters running to the namely, to that vanity which prompts door of the chaisc, to elcort the patien us to appear in a light of valt conse- gers into the Blue Lion,' or the quence to byestanders. A man who Bear,' places not very dignihed in walks along the street in a flow and name, but not improper to conclude measured
pageantry. obitruction he meets, is far less likely Need I tell you, that in the travelto attract notice, than him who pushes ling of persons of high rank, expedion, as if on a business of infinite im- tion coniitutes the great distinction portance, and is the terror of barrow- between them and the vulgar! The women and blind-beggars. The for- rapid approach of the couriers, permer may walk from Hydepark corner haps only five minutes before the to Mile-end, unheeded, and without principals, to announce that they are causing a single remark, while the lat- coming, the hurry and confusion this ter, before he has flown through a occasions in an inn, either full of Atreet, has drawn upon him a hundred guests, or perhaps not very large, the eyes, and curiosity is agape to know impetuous whirl of the coach-whcels who he is, and what he is going &- of the great man, and their rumbling bout. Yet it may happen that both under the lofty gateway—These parties are going upon precisely the grand things; these, fir, are village fame errand, or, more probably, that tublimities. which it hath not entered he who walks deliberately is employ- in:o the head of patient, jog trot traed upon some interesting concern, vellers to have any conception of. while the other endeavours to make They raise a vaft idea of the personup in bustle what he really wants in ages who have arrived, and a crowd business, Were two firch men to cal- alíembles to witness their descent from culate their winnings at the end of the the carriage, which is, that all may day in point of time, the difference be in unifon, performed with a leap, probably would not be great, but it is and thereby a glance only is allowed
to the gaping spectator, which feeds that can be gained by húrry and hurtid his imagination probably better than is early attainable by an individual, a full view.
and may be practised at all times, in Those whose good fortune it is to the streets or on the highway, on attend at courts and levées, know well foot or on horseback. the importance of burry in entering Why is it that so many young tradesand departing. Though their busi- men break their limbs, and sometimes ness, be merely to compliment their their necks, in galloping to town afovereign by a bow and a few words bout ten o'clock in the forenoon, but of congratulation, they Ay along the that they want to inspire the inhabipasiage and up the grand ftaircafe, tants of the environs with an immense with a dignified velocity that can a- idea of their importance. If their rise from nothing but the eagerness of hurry arose from their anxiety to get their loy, ty, and their desire to be to their counting houses early, they thought of some confequence by not might have attained tiat object in a letting his majesty wait. The crowd much safer and furer way, by quitting below measure their opinions accord- the pillow an hour or two sooner. ingly. Many a gouty lord have I Much, indeed, of the expedition we feen hobble along the portico, unob- observe in men of business, it is to be ferved, and almost unseen, while a feared, may be traced to the loss of more youthful sprig of quality, by his the morning hours, but they are misjaunty step and quick movements has taken if they think that they can bebeen taken for a statesman, going to recovered by the 'whip and four. I kiss hands upon promotion. These, have known many men acquire vaft fir, may appear trifles, But these lit- fortunes by successful speculations, by tle things are 'great to little man.' wonderful strokes of business, and by
Nay, I confess that on sundry, oc- actions which entitled them to the cafions I have not disdained to profit praise of great ingenuity and acuteby the artifice myself. Observing that ness, but I never knew the clevereft persons who went flowly and loung, among them who could find that in ingly into our courts of justice, as if, the atterrioon, which he had lost in the which was really the case, they had no morning. It is difficult to make one business, were refused admittance by part of the day execute the functions the door-keepers, within the bar, I of another, as difficult, I do humbly tried whether the appearance of busi- think, as to make the foot act as a subness might not supply the place of it, flitute for the hand, or to affitt the eye and entering quickly, marched with with the elbows. But this is partly a an air of consequence through the digreflion. crowd, which gave way on each side, Having thus offered some remarks and 'I obtained immediate adinittance. on the advantages which are expect, In such cases, there may not be much ed from hurry and butile, which I to blame.
have resolved into a principle of våIt may perhaps be alleged in op- nity, and a defire to act under falfe position to my stating that hurry is a appearances, it follows naturally that species of vanity, that it is not so much I Thould state the disadvantages, if so as the grave and folemn pace of a any, which attend the practice of dig. procession ; but this, which I allow, nified velocity. On this subject, howis only faying that there are more ever, as I have probably trespalled ways than one of gaining the same already on your limits, I shall confine point, and it must be remembered myítlf to one remark, viz. that the that a procession is a mode of acquir- frequency of appearances deflroys their ing consequence, which it is not in every effect, and to one anecdote, which is person's power to command. But all ihis. As I was walking the Atreets of