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liar to that place, and gives us occasion to admire both the politeness and frugality of the people.

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“My friends have kept me here a week longer than ordinary to see one of their plays, which was performed last night with great applause. The actors are all of them tradesmen, who, after their day's work is over, earn about a guilder a night by personating kings and generals. The hero of the tragedy I saw was a journeyman tailor, and his first minister of state, a coffee-man. The empress made me think of Parthenope in the Rehearsal; for her mother keeps an alehouse in the suburbs of Amsterdam. When the tragedy was over, they entertained us with a short farce, in which the cobbler did his part to a miracle ; but, upon inquiry, I found he had really been working at his own trade, and representing on the stage what he acted every day in his shop. The profits of the theatre maintain an hospital: for as here they do not think the profession of an actor the only trade that a man ought to exercise, so they will not allow anybody to grow rich on a profession that in their opinion so little conduces to the good of the commonwealth. If I am not mistaken, your playhouses in England have done the same thing; for, unless I am misinformed, the hospital at Dulledge was erected and endowed by Mr. Allen, a player: and it is also said, a famous she-tragedian has settled her estate, after her death, for the maintenance of decayed wits, who are to be taken in as soon as they grow dull, at whatever time of their life that shall happen.

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No. 42. SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1709.

-Celebrare domestica facta. —This is to give notice, that a magnificent palace, with great variety of gardens, statues, and water-works, may be bought cheap in Drury Lane ; where there are likewise several castles to be disposed of, very delightfully situated; as also groves, woods, forests, fountains, and country seats, with very pleasant prospects on all sides of them; being the moveables of Christopher Rich, Esq., who is breaking up house-keeping, and has many curious pieces of furniture to dispose of, which may be seen between the hours of six and ten in the evening.

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THE INVENTORY. Spirits of right Nants brandy, for lambent flames and apparitions.

Three bottles and a half of lightning.
One shower of snow in the whitest French paper.
Two showers of a browner sort.

A sea, consisting of a dozen large waves, the tenth 1 bigger than ordinary, and a little damaged.

A dozen and a half of clouds, trimmed with black, and well conditioned.

A rainbow, a little faded.

A set of clouds after the French mode, streaked with lightning, and furbelowed. A new-moon, something decayed.

A pint of the finest Spanish wash, being all that is left of two hogsheads sent over last winter.

A coach very finely gilt, and little used, with a pair of dragons, to be sold cheap.

A setting sun, a pennyworth.

An imperial mantle, made for Cyrus the Great, and worn
by Julius Cæsar, Bajazet, King Harry the Eighth, and
Signior Valentini.
A basket-hilt sword, very

convenient to milk in.
Roxana's night gown.
Othello's handkerchief.
The imperial robes of Xerxes, never worn but once.
A wild boar, killed by Mrs. Tofts and Dioclesian.
A serpent to sting Cleopatra.
A mustard bowl to make thunder with.

Another of a bigger sort, by Mr. D--is's directions, little used.

Six elbow-chairs, very expert in country dances, with six flower-pots for their partners.

The whiskers of a Turkish bassa. The complexion of a murderer in a bandbox; consisting of a large piece of burnt cork, and a coal-black peruke.

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A suit of clothes for a ghost, viz. a bloody shirt, a doublet curiously pinked, and a coat with three great eyelet-holes upon the breast.

A bale of red Spanish wool.

Modern plots, commonly known by the name of trap-doors, ladders of

ropes,
vizard
masques,

and tables with broad carpets over them.

Three oak cudgels, with one of crab-tree; all bought for the use of Mr. Pinkethman.

Materials for dancing; as masques, castanets, and a ladder of ten rounds.

Aurengzebe's scimitar, made by Will. Brown in Piccadilly.

A plume of feathers, never used but by Edipus and the Earl of Essex.

There are also swords, halberts, sheep-hooks, cardinals' hats, turbans, drums, gallipots, a gibbet, a cradle, a rack, a cart-wheel, an altar, a helmet, a back-piece, a breast-plate, a bell, a tub, and a jointed baby.

These are the hard shifts we intelligencers are forced to; therefore our readers ought to excuse us, if a westerly wind, blowing for a fortnight together, generally fills every paper with an order of battle; when we show our martial skill in each line, and according to the space we have to fill, we range our men in squadrons and battalions, or draw out company by company, and troop by troop; ever observing, that no muster is to be made, but when the wind is in a cross point, which often happens at the end of a campaign, when half the men are deserted or killed. The Courant is sometimes ten deep, his ranks close: the Post-boy is generally in files, for greater exactness : and the Post-man comes down upon you rather after the Turkish way, sword in hand, pell-mell

, without form or discipline; but sure to bring men enough into the field; and wherever they are raised, never to lose a battle for want of numbers.?

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? Of this paper, the inventory only, as I take it, is Mr. Addison's.

No. 75. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1709.

From my own Apartment, September 30. Il am called off from public dissertations by a domestic affair of great importance, which is no less than the disposal of my sister Jenny for life. The girl is a girl of great merit, and pleasing conversation; but I being born of my father's first wife, and she of his third, she converses with me rather like a daughter than a sister. I have indeed told her, that if she kept her honour, and behaved herself in such a manner as became the Bickerstaffs, I would get her an agreeable man for her husband; which was a promise I made her after reading a passage in Pliny's Epistles. That polite author had been employed to find out à consort for his friend's daughter, and gives the following character of the man he had pitched upon.

Aciliano plurimum vigoris et industrie quanquam in maximâ verecundiâ : est illi facies liberalis, multo sanguine, multo rubore suffusa : est ingenua totius corporis pulchritudo, et quidam senatorius decor, quæ ego nequaquam arbitror negligenda ; debet enim hoc castitati puellarum quasi premium dari.

“ Acilianus is a man of extraordinary vigour and industry, accompanied with the greatest modesty. He has very much of the gentleman, with a lively colour, and flush of health in his aspect. His whole person is finely turned, and speaks him a man of quality : which are qualifications that, I think, ought by no means to be overlooked, and should be bestowed on a daughter as the reward of her chastity.”

A woman that will give herself liberties, need not put her parents to so much trouble; for if she does not possess these ornaments 2 in a husband, she can supply herself elsewhere. But this is not the case of my sister Jenny, who, I may say without vanity, is as unspotted a spinster as any in Great

| The opening of this paper, to—"our own family in this particular' -is Sir Richard Steele's. Mr. Addison's hand is only to be traced in the genealogy

These ornaments.] Advantages " had been better.

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Britain. I shall take this occasion to recommend the conduct of our own family in this particular.'

We have in the genealogy of our house, the descriptions and pictures of our ancestors from the time of King Arthur; in whose days there was one of my own name, a knight of his round table, and known by the name of Sir Isaac Bickerstaff. He was low of stature, and of a very swarthy complexion, not unlike a Portuguese Jew. But he was more prudent than men of that height usually are, and would often municate to his friends his design of lengthening and whitening his posterity. His eldest son Ralph (for that was his ame) was for this reason married to a lady who had little Ise to recommend her, but that she was very tall and fair. "he issue of this match, with the help of his shoes, made a blerable figure in the next age; though the complexion of tre family was obscure till the fourth generation from that marriage. From which time, till the reign of William the Conqueror, the females of our house were famous for their nedłe-work and fine skins. In the male line there happen. ed an unlucky accident in the reign of Richard the Third, the eldest son of Philip, then chief of the family, being born witi an hump-back and very high nose. This was the more astonishing, because none of his forefathers ever had such a blenish ; nor indeed was there any in the neighbourhood of that make except the butler, who was noted for round shoulders, and a Roman nose : what made the nose the less excusable, was the remarkable smallness of his

eyes. These several defects were mended by succeeding matches ; the eyes were opened in the next generation, and the hump fell in a century and a half; but the greatest difficulty was how to reduce the nose; which I do not find was accomplished till about the middle of Henry the Seventh's reign, or rather the beginning of that of Henry the Eighth.

But while our ancestors were thus taken up in cultivating the eyes and nose,

the face of the Bickerstaffs fell down inIn this particular.] In what particular ? in that of Jenny's chastity ? But there is not a word on the subject, in what follows. I take for granted that, in Sir Richard Steele's draught of this paper, a paragraph was here inserted, to show the care of the Bickerstaffs, in providing for the honour of the female part of their family; which not being to Mr. Addison's mind, was struck out, to make room for this pleasant account of their genealogy. But when this was done, it was forgotten to make the requisite change in the introduction.

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