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before the drawing I had devoted a fifth of whatever should arise to me to charitable uses. Accord. ingly I lately troubled you with my request and commission for placing half a dozen youths with Mr. More, writing-master in Castle-street, to whom, it is said, we owe all the fine devices, flourishes, and the composure of all the plates, for the drawing and paying the tickets. Be pleased therefore, good Sir, to find or make leisure for complying therewith, for I would not appear concerned in this small matter. I am very much
Your humble servant, &c.” It is no small pleasure to observe, that in the midst of a very degenerate age, there are still spirits which retain their natural dignity, and pursue the good of their fellow-creatures; some in making themselves useful by professed service, some by secret generosity. Were I at liberty to discover even all the good I know of many men living at this time, there would want nothing but a suitable his. torian, to make them appear as illustrious as any of the poblest of the ancient Greeks or Romans. The cunning some have used to do handsome and worthy actions, the address to do men services, and escape their notice, has produced so many surprising incidents, which have been laid before me during my Censorship, as, in the opinion of posterity, would absolve this
of all its crimes and follies. I know no way to deal with such delicate minds as these, but by assuring them, that when they cease to do good, I shall tell all the good they have done already. Let, therefore, the benefactors to the youths above mentioned continue such bounties, upon pain of being publickly praised. But there is no proba. bility of his running into that hazard; for a strong habit of virtue can make men suspend the receiving the acknowledgments due to their merit, until they are out of a capacity of receiving them. I am so very much charmed with accidents of this kind, that I have made a collection of all the memorable handsome things done by private men in my times As a specimen of my manner of noticing such actions, take the following fragment out of much more, which is written in my year-book, on the remark: able will of a gentleman, whom I shall here call Celamico.
1. This day died that plain and excellent man, my much-honoured friend Celamico, who be. queathed his whole estate to a gentleman no way related to him, and to whom he had given no such expectation in his life-time."
He was a person of a very enlarged soul, and thought the nearest relation among men to be the resemblance of their minds and sentiments. He was not mistaken in the worth of his successor, who received the news of this unexpected good-fortune with an air that shewed him less moved with the be. nefit than the loss of the benactor.
ADVERTISEMENT. *** Notice is hereby given, that on Monday the eleventh instant, the case of the visit comes on, between the hours of ten and eleven, at the Court of Honour; where both persons are to attend, the meeting there not being to be understood as a visit, and the right of the next visit being them to be wholly settled, according to the prayer of the plaintiff.
No 262. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1710.
Verba toge sequeris, junctura callidus acri,
PERS. Sat. v. 14.
JOURNAL OF THE COURT OF HONOUR, &c. TIMOTHY TREATALL, gentleman, was indicted by several ladies of his sister's acquaintance for a very řude affront offered to them at an entertainment, to which he had invited them on Tuesday the seventh of November last past, between the hours of eight and nine in the evening. The indictment set forth, 66 that the said Mr. Treatall, upon the serving up of the supper, desired the ladies to take their places according to their different age and seniority; for that it was the way always at his table to pay respect to years.” The indictment added, “ thai this produced an unspeakable confusion in the company; for that the ladies, who before had pressed together for a place at the upper end of the table, immediately crowded with the same disorder towards the end that was quite opposite: that Mrs. Frontley had the insolence to clap herself down at the very lowest place of the table; that the widow Partlet seated herself on the right-hand of Mrs. Frontley, alleging for her excuse, that no ceremony was to VOL. v.
be used at a round table ; that Mrs. Fidget and Mrs. Fescue disputed above half-an-hour for the same chair, and that the latter would not give up the cause until it was decided by the parish register, which happened to be kept hard by." The indictment further saith, “ that the rest of the company who sat down did it with a reserve to their right, which they were at liberty to assert on another occasion; and that Mrs. Mary Pippe, an old maid, was placed by the unanimous vote of the whole company at the upper end of the table, from whence she had the confusion to behold several mothers of families among her inferiors." The criminal alleged in his defence, “that what he had done was to raise mirth, and avoid ceremony; and that the ladies did not complain of his rudeness until the pext morning, having eaten up what he had povided for them with great readiness and alacrity.” The Censor, frowning upon him, told him, that he ought not to discover so much levity in matters of a serious nature;” and, upon the jury's bringing him in guilty, sentenced him 6 to treat the whole assembly of ladies over again, and to take care that he did it with the decorum which was due to per. şons of their quality.”
Rebecca Shapely, spinster, was indicted by Mrs. Sarah Smr.ck, for speaking many words reflecting upon her reputation, and the heels of her silk slippers, which the prisoner had maliciously sug. gested to be two inches higher than they really were. The prosecutor urged, as an aggravation of her guilt, that the prisoner was “ herself guilty of the same kind of forgery which she had laid to the pro. secutor's charge; for that she, the said Rebecca Shapely, did always wear a pair of steel bodice, and a false rump.” The Censor ordered the slippers to be produced in open court, where the heels were adjudged to be of the statutable size. He then or. dered the grand jury to search the criminal, who, after some time spent therein, acquitted her of the bodice, but found her guilty of the rump; upon which she received sentence as is usual in such cases.
William Trippit, esquire, of the Middle Temple, brought his action against the lady Elizabeth Prudely, for having refused him her hand as he offered to lead her to her coach from the opera. The plaintiff set forth, that he had entered himself into the list of those volunteers, who officiate every night be. hind the boxes as gentlemen-ushers of the playhouse: that he had been at a considerable charge in white gloves, perriwigs, and snuff-boxes, in order to qualify himself for that employment, and in hopes of making his fortune by it. The counsel for the defendant replied, that the plaintiff had given out that he was within a month of wedding their client, and that she had refused her hand to him in ceremony, lest he should interpret it as a promise that she would give it him in marriage. As soon as the pleadings on both sides were finished, the Censor ordered the plaintiff to be cashiered from his office of gentleman-usher to the play-house, since it was too plain that he had undertaken it with an ill design; and at the same time ordered the defendant either to marry the said plaintiff, or to pay him half-a-crown for the new pair of gloves and coach. hire that he was at the expence of in her service.
The lady Townly brought an action of debt against Mrs. Flambeau, for that the said Mrs. Flambeau had not been to see the lady Townly, and wish her joy, since her marriage with Sir Ralph, notwithstanding she, the said lady Townly, had paid Mrs. Flambeau a visit upon her first coming to