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know, that few, very few of them can ever again behold their native homes! In the next paragraph, this puissant statesmen informs the world of the safe arrival in town of Sir Dapper Dawdle, in his phaeton and four; which, and many similar pieces of intelligence, are, no doubt, given with the beneficent intention of informing the poor and wretched where they may find their benefactors, those who by their liberal and repeated acts of charity have obtained the blessing of them nho are ready to perish. Nor is the nourishment of the mind neglected by this wise minister; the publick are informed, in this newspaper, where such books are to be had, as are, doubtless, best calculated for their instruction. I have already told you, 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 superintendant 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 superiour excellence of the goods at the Pigeons; in another, they are conjured to buy their stockings at the Fleece; their shoes, their gloves, may 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 here provided 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 publick; 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 1–I could fornish you with further proofs of the tender care of 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 city. 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 heir apparent of the throne walking 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 shed upon it, in my opinion, a beam of additional lustre. Ah what a transcendent degree of excel lence must we suppose these highly favoured Princes to possess, who, together with the dignified 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 1–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 of a short street, none of the buildings of which are yet completed; 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 the hall had been originally graced. These proud ornaments, which during the short period of their exaltation had 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