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ly represented to the world, we send you enclosed our imperial manifesto, which it is our will and pleasure that you forthwith communicate to the public, by inserting it in your next daily paper. We do not doubt of your ready compliance in this particular, and therefore bid you heartily farewell.
• Emperor of the Mohocks.'
• The Manifesto of Taw Waw Eben Zan Ka
ladar, Emperor of the Mohocks. • WHEREAS, we have received information from sundry quarters of this great and populous city, of several outrages committed on the legs, arms, noses, and other parts of the good people of England, by such as have styled themselves our subjects; in order to vindicate our imperial dignity from the false aspersions which have been cast on it, as if we ourselves might have encouraged or abetted any such practices, we have by these presents thought fit to signify our utmost abhorrence and detestation of all such tumultuous and irregular proceedings; and do hereby farther give notice, that if any person or persons has or have suffered any wound, hurt, damage, or detriment, in his or their limb or limbs, otherwise than shall be hereafter specified, the said person or persons, upon applying themselves to such as we shall appoint for the inspection and redress of the grievances aforesaid, shall be forthwith committed to the care of our principal surgeon, and be cured at our own expense, in some one or
other of those hospitals which we are now erecting for that purpose,
And to the end that no one may, either through ignorance or inadvertency, incur those penalties which we have thought fit to inflict on persons of loose and dissolute lives, we do hereby notify to the public, that if any man be knocked down or assaulted while he is employed in his lawful business at proper hours, that it is not done by our order; and we do hereby permit and allow any such
person so knocked down or assaulted, to rise again, and defend himself in the best manner that he is able.
"We do also command all and every our good subjects, that they do not presume, upon any pretext whatsoever, to issue and sally forth from their respective quarters till between the hours of eleven and twelve. That they never tip the lion upon man, woman, or child, till the clock at St. Dunstan's shall have struck one.
• That the sweat be never given but between the hours of one and two; always provided, that our hunters may begin to huni a little after the close of the evening, any thing to the contrary herein notwithstanding. Provided also, that if ever they are reduced to the necessity of pinking, it shall always be in the most fleshy parts, and such as are least exposed to view.
It is also our imperial will and pleasure, that our good subjects the sweaters do establish their hummums in such close places, alleys, nooks, and corners, that the patient or patients may not be in danger of catching cold. • That the tumblers,
to whose care we chiefly commit the female sex, confine themselves to
Drury-lane and the purlieus of the Temple; and that every other party and division of our subjects do each of them keep within their respective quarters we have allotted to them. Provided nevertheless, that nothing herein contained shall in any wise be construed to extend to the hunters, who have our full license and permission to enter into any part of the town wherever their game shall lead them.
• And whereas we have nothing more at our imperial heart than the reformation of the cities of London and Westminster, which to our unspeakable satisfaction we have in some measure already effected, we do hereby earnestly pray and exhort all husbands, fathers, house-keepers, and masters of families, in either of the aforesaid cities, not only to repair themselves to their respective habitations at early and seasonable hours, but also to keep their wives and daughters, sons, servants, and apprentices, from appearing in the streets at those times and seasons which may expose them to a military discipline, as it is practised by our good subjects the Mohocks: and we do farther promise, on our imperial word, that as soon as the reformation aforesaid shall be brought about, we will forthwith cause all hostilities to
• Given from our Court at the Devil Tavern, March 15, 1712.'
No. 348. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9.
Invidiam placare paras, virtute relicta? HOR.
"I HAVE not seen you lately at any of the places where I visit, so that I am afraid you are wholly unacquainted with what passes among my part of the world, who are, though I say it, without controversy, the most accomplished and best bred of the town. Give me leave to tell you, that I am extremely discomposed when I hear scandal, and am an utter enemy to all manner of detraction, and think it the greatest meanness that people of distinction can be guilty of: however, it is hardly possible to come into company, where you
do not find them pulling one another to pieces, and that from no other provocation but that of hearing any one commended. Merit, both as to wit and beauty, is become no other than the sion of a few trifling people's favour, which you can not possibly arrive at, if you have really any thing in you that is deserving. What they would bring to pass is, to make all good and evil consist in report, and with whispers, calumnies, and impertinencies, to have the conduct of those reports. By this means innocents are blasted upon their first appearance in town; and there is nothing more required to make a young woman the object of envy and hatred, than to deserve love and admiration. This abominable endeavour to suppress or lessen every thing that is praiseworthy, is as frequent among the men as the
If I can remember what passed at a visit last night, it will serve as an instance that the sexes are equally inclined to defamation, with equal malice, with equal impotence. Jack Triplett came into my lady Airy's about eight of the clock. You know the manner we sit at a visit, and I need not describe the circle: but Mr. Triplett came in, introduced by two tapers supported by a spruce servant, whose hair is under a cap till my lady's candles are all lighted up, and the hour of ceremony begins: I say, Jack Triplett came in, and singing, (for he is really good company) "Every feature, charming creature;"
The went on,“ It is a most unreasonable thing that people can not go peaceably to see their friends, but these murderers are let loose. Such a shape! Such an air! What a glance was that as her chariot passed by mine!”—My lady herself interrupted him: “ Pray, who is this fine thing?" "I warrant,” says another, “it is the creature I was telling your ladyship of just now." “ You were telling of?” says Jack; “ I wish I had been so happy as to have come in and heard you, for I have not words to say what she is: but if an agreeable height, a modest air, a virgin shame, and impatience of being beheld, amidst a blaze of ten thousand charms" -The whole room flew out—6 Oh Mr. Triplett!” When Mrs. Lofty, a known prude, said, "She believed she knew whom the gentleman meant, but she was indeed, as he civilly represented her, impatient of being beheld”
-Then turning to the lady next to her “ The most unbred creature you ever saw. Another pursued the discourse: “ As unbred, madam, as you may