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acts of charity, have obtained the blejfing of them, who are ready to perijh. Nor is the nourishment of the mind neglected by this wife minister; the public are informed, in this newspaper, where such books are to be had, as are doubtless, best calculated for their instruction. I have already Told yon, that the females of this place go themselves into the shops, in order to purchase what they want: and, methinks, it is highly praise-worthy of this good fuperintendant of the kingdom, to point out to^the fair creatures, where they may lay out their money to the most advantage. They are in one part, strongly assured of the superior excellence of the goods at the Pigeons; in another, they are conjured to buy their stockings at the Fleece; their shoes, their gloves, nay the very powder, with which they disfigure their beautiful hair, are all objects of this good nobleman's tender anxiety; indeed, the proper decoration of their persons, seems to employ no inconsiderable portion of his attention; there is no deformity of the body, no disorder of the skin, against which they are not heie piovided with a remedy. Nor doth royal dignity itself- disdain to extend its cares to beautifying and adorning the female subjects of these realms. You will, perhaps, smile, to hear of the royal
firman's being attached to the ladies' garters? But there is not a brush for their nails, nor a soap for their hands, nor a powder for their teeth, nor wash for their pretty faces, that is not as highly honoured. Alas! how much are these females indebted to a prince, who evinces such unequalled solicitude for the preservation of their beauty"! .
Nor doth the parental care of royalty for the welfare of the people stop here; their health is an object of peculiar concern } innumerable. are the lists of medicines, of approved efficacy, which are here recommended to the public; I reckoned above sixty, that had received the royal sanction, sealed by the royal arms, and mentioned by royal authority; when we reflect, how many nauseous draughts, the royal counsellors must needs have tasted; how many bitter pills, they, doubtless, must have swallowed, before they could advise his Majesty on a subject so important; we can scarcely refrain from pitying the situation of those, whose high stations impose upon them the performance of such disagreeable duties !!—I could furnish you with further proofs of the tender careof this government, for the health and happiness of its subjects, but am obliged to leave off, on account of my visit to Sir Caprice Ardent.
I forget whether I informed you, that a necessary part of my establishment, is a carriage. A model of which, I have this morning purchased for you, at what is called a toy-shop, that you may form some idea ?of the manner in which the great are drawn about the streets of this thy. Numbers however, even of an exalted rank, occasionally walk: nor is it thought any degradation, to make use of their own legs. I this morning met the iieir apparent of the throne, waiting on foot, in the very street in which. I live; far from appearing in my eyes as shorn of his dignity, by thus condescending to mingle with his people, it sited upon it, in my opinion, a beam of additional lustre. Ah! what a tranfcendant degree of excellence must we suppose these highly favoured Princes to possess, who, together with the digniSed sentiments of their exalted rank, enjoy the advantages of that instruction, which is only to be obtained by commerce with the world ! The mirror of truth is set before them, and, surely, they will never turn from it to view themselves through the distorting medium of venal flattery, and deceitful adulation !!—-But, to return from this digression; I took up Dr. Severan, according to appointment, and proceeded with him to the house of the Baronet, which is
situated at the upper end cf a short street, none of the buildings of which are yet compleated; they seem as if they were intended for houses of very different sizes and shapes, and at present have a very strange appearance; but, it is impossible to form any idea of what they may be, -when finished. The entrance to the house of Sir Caprice, was somewhat obstructed by heaps of rubbish, occasioned, as we soon learned, by the destruction of a row of pillars, of Grecian architecture, with which ibe hall had been originally graced. These proud ornaments, which during the short period of their exaltation, bad heard the lofty roof which they sustained, re-echo the voices of their flatterers, were on a sudden, disgraced, dismissed, and hurled headlong to the ground! Their fall was like that of the favourites of Piinces, which stiakes the throne they ©nee appeared destined to support. A long train of dependants were involved in the mighty ruin, and it was not without some degree of danger, that, following the servant, we scrambled through this scene of desolation, to the apartment of Sir Caprice, whom we found seated at a large table, on which an innumerable quantity of plans, maps, models of buildings, and other various ornaments, were heaped. Aster leading the letter I had brought him, congratulating me on my arrival in England, and enquiring after the- health of Mr. Grey, he turned to Doctor Severan, and expressed, in strong lerms, the particular pleasure he at that moment felt in seeing him.;—" I know you are a man of taste," cried he, " and shall be wonderfully happy to have your advice on the plan of a new building, which I intend shall be something very extraordinary. Here it is," continued I*?, holding up a small model; " here-, you see, I have contrived to unite all the orders of architecture in regular gradation; here, you will please to observe, that the basis is truly Gothic; above that, observe the Tuscan; above that, the Composite, the Corinthian, the Doric, the Ionic—all placed as they never were placed before! Still, however, the top is unfinished; for that I have had many plans; but, that which pleases me best, is, the idea of crowning the whole with a Chinese temple; is it not a good thought, eh? Perhaps this gentleman, could furnish me with a hint. Pray Sir,'* turning to me, "has the Emperor of China, done any thing new in this way, of late?" The philosopher, perceiving my confusion, reminded this noble builder, that I was ftom Bengal, and had never