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each other in their personal decorations, and their attentions to his Highness.-Contrary to the report of some papers Mrs. H-though long since invited, being in the country, did not add to the beauty of the assembly by her presence.
The BUL IAN LOVER S.
A true Story.
In the fair city of Bulia there dwelt a man, whose name was Edart, remarkable for his riches, and who had several daughters; one of which was exceedingly beautiful, and was called Aidni, signifying brilliant and alluring. When his children arrived at a certain age, Edart gave them portions, and left them to their own disposal ; for he entertained an opinion that the happiness of children consisted in the disposal of themselves, and that the interference of parents more frequently rendered them miserable than otherwise, The beautiful Aidni having received her portion, consisting of five thousand balloons, fifteen villages, and an immense quantity of jewels, and being solicited in marriage by some of the first families in Bulia, at length listened to the addresses of Lahnedael, a man whose riches and family honours were nearly equal to her father's. Articles, with seals dangling at them, were prepared, and the good people of Bulia began to rejoice on the approaching union of Lahnedael and Aidni, for they were both beloved by the whole city.
UNFORTUNATELY for our lovers, Aidni, soon after she had established her own houshold, and had the entire command of herself, was met at Court by one of those detestable women who make a practice of ensnaring the innocent, and reducing them to all possible distress for the most inhuman purposes. The name of this woman was Carolo, and her design was to prostitute the beautiful Aidni to no less than fixteen gentlemen of Bulia, who had all declared themselves captivated by her charms, and impatient to possess her!
INNOCENCE is seldom suspicious. A friendly intercourse soon took place between Carolo and Aidni; for the bawd was so kind and so officious, and used to give her so much grave advice, that it is no wonder Aidni grew fond of her
company and conversation. The old hag--[I beg the reader will remember that this is a literal translation. The old hag contrived to get into all her secrets, learned all her movements, once hired all her servants, and, it is said, by certain corrupt practices, secretly gained over almost all the people in her house.
Aidni, though a charming woman, was not deftitute of female faults: she was a little
expensive, and Carolo perceiving it, would freely offer to lend her as much money as she wanted for Carolo, though poor herself, knew how to procure money on such occasions-Aidni would sometimes accept her offer, and, as the fortune of Aidni was prodigious, Carolo's demands were regularly discharged as Aidni's rents came in.
Previous to her contract with Lahnedael, Aidni borrowed a very large sum of Carolo, who no sooner heard of the intended marriage, but she immediately demanded the repayment of her money, which Aidni found herself unable to satisfy. Whether it arose from the real poverty of her tenants, who had certainly been at rack-rents for some years; whether she was defrauded by her stewards, or 'what else could be the cause, none could tell. Be that as it might, this shame ful, this detestable wretch insisted on instant paya ment, unless the sweet girl, the charming Aidni, would yield herself up to the abominable purposes of Carolo, by prostituting herself to the sixteen Bulians, who had declared themselves the captivated slaves of the beautiful Aidni!
More astonished than alarmed at the infernal purpoles of Carolo, Aidni treated her menaces with contempt, and to avoid immediate distress, appealed to the Etancs for justice. But many of the Etanes were privately attached to Carolo, and were also desirous of possessing the charms of Aidni; her suit, therefore, was rejected. She then appealed to the Reppu, who, taking her cafe into consideration, ordered her debts to be paid by proper instalments ; her marriage concontract with Lahnedael to be ratified; her sixteen admirers to be publicly whipped ; and Carolo to be branded as a disgrace to her fex, to Bulia, and to the universe !
Nothing could equal the joy of the lovers on this decision of the Reppu; and Rexman the king, being made acquainted with the virtues of Lahnedael and Aidni, honoured their union with his approbation, and all Bulia rejoiced that the wickedness of Carolo was frustrated, and the lovers made perpetually happy.
“ This story has a meaning, and no doubt
triumphal car," were to make the grand acrial tour, the concourse of people was prodigious. Two very small globes were sent into the air, to the small diversion of the spectators, who impatiently waited the appearance of the triumphal car; at length the major balloon ascends; but no car appearing suspended, it was permitted to go fans acclamation, and was quickly out of sight. -Many people staid in hopes of seeing the triumphal car; but the society of pick-pockets were observed to make a precipitate retreat towards Field lane, leaving one of their brethren to the fury of the populace who gave him a terrible ducking. I could not help lamenting that this poor ragged wretch, was unaccompanied in his punishment by any of the genteel sharpers who infested the place;" as Mr. B. and Co. were observed to be actively assiduous about the perfons of the ladies, several of whom lost their watches and money.
With respect to the balloon itself, it went off very well, and looked very handsome ; and had not the public been taught to expect sceing it attended by a triumphal car, would have given general fatisfaction,
Such was the magical effect of this aerostatic globe, that, in various parts of the metropolis, the price of pocket handkerchiefs was reduced fifty per cent, the same day; and watches about thirty! THE ATRES.
Drury Lane. On Tuesday, Every Man in his Humour, instead of the Countess of Salisbury, which was postponed on account of the indisposition of Mrs. Siddons, was performed at a short notice, and was very well received. Mr. Palmer was particularly excellent in Bobadil.— The Double Difguise was performed, for the second time, the same evening, and was received with repeated plaudits, and having been performed every evening since, except on Wednesday and Friday, fully juftifies the opinion I gave of it in my last. The news-paper critics, however, conceiving that the piece was written by one of their own profession, have spoken as ill-naturedly of it as they possibly could. But merit bears down all opposition, and both the words and the music of the Double Difguise continue to mect with the most abundant applause. I am told that the words are by Mrs. Hooke; be that as it may, they do credit to the writer, and the piece is already so well established in the public opinion, that all the malevolent efforts of pseudo-critics shall not prevail against it!
The Oratorio of Samfon, on Wednesday, went off with fucccfs, and was honoured with a large audience,
The author of the comedy of Reparation, which was performed on Thursday, Saturday, and last night, is much indebted to the inimitable performance of Miss Farren for the support of his comedy, which is likely, on that account, to run much longer than could have been expected from the merit of the peice itself.
On Friday, by Command, the Oratorio of Alexander's Feast was performed. The music, vocal and instrumental, went off with great applause, exceeded only by that with which his Majesty was received on entering his box, testifying the most cordial unanimity between the sovereign and the people. The plaudit on his appearance wasmas is usual now
-thrice encore ! Miss GEORGE and Mrs. Kennedy, Mr. Reinhold and Mr. Norris, acquitted themselves with their usual excellence; and particular praise is due to those little sons of harmony, Guest and Binns, belonging to the King's Chapel. Their exertions do them great credit, and reflect no small honour on the gentleman by whom they are instructed : Mr. Ayrton, of the King's Chapel
Covent Garden. On Tuesday Mr. Macklin's Man of the World was performed to a brilliant audience, and received with every mark of approbation. The more frequently this play is seen the better it is liked ; and Macklin is justly regarded as a good writer, and a theatrical phenomenon !-The Poor Soldier, though despicable in itself, never fails to please, by the exertions of Mrs. Kennedy.
Their Majesties, on Thursday, honoured this House, with their presence to fee the comedy of Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, and the farce of the Sultan ; in both which pieces Mrs. Abington played with more than usual spirit.-Four of the Princesses were also present; but his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales not intending to honour the theatre with his presence, his box was
The music of acclamation with which his Majefty was received, drowned the harmony of all other sounds; and the Queen and Princelles received similar applause.
The Castle of Andalufia, performed on Saturday, for Signora Sestini's benefit, was honoured with one of the most crouded and brilliant audiences I ever beheld. Edwin and Quick, were very characterestic, and it ought to be remarked, that this piece owes its support entirely to their exertions, for in point of composition, it is, perhaps, as wretched an attempt at writing as ever issued from the pen of Mr. O'Keeffe. Sestini, Mrs. Kennedy, and Mrs. Bannister; Messrs. Bannister
Reinhold and Brett sung their songs with their large quantities of merchandize, on the credit accustomed excellence.--In Rofina, Seftini played of their house, usually divide the spoil, and abPhebe, and what with her broken English, and scond-In short, it is imposible to trace him in the arch manner of singing the celebrated duct his various forms; and nothing but the most vigiwith William, kept the House in perpetual laugh lant attention can secure the public from the effects ter and good humour.
of his artifices. The HERO R E V E R S E D.
Now, though means may be devised for putting
a stop to the baneful exertions of Town ladies, I The gallant Colonel..who knows not the
am quite at a loss what to say respecting these gallant Colonel ?-whose boast was to have
Town gentlemen, and must leave them to the cor" killed more men, and to have ruined more
recting hand of that providence, which seldom women than any man in England," has
permits such wretches to escape the halter many thought fit to make a precipitate retreat, afraid
years together. I only wish I might be perof a criminal prosecution, and of fhewing himself
mitted to warn the public against them indiin the metropolis.The celebrated courtezan, whose charms have subdued many heroes, is
vidually, as well as generally: I would then
present a list of such names, as at ptesent figure highly enraged at the man of wat, for paying so
in the fashionable world, which, if things went ill a compliment to her beauties. She is now on
right, would figure in the black lift of Mr. Akerman! the look out for a fresh supply of fashionable folly,
Asit is, I can only advise
readers to beware of in order to recover her wonted splendour in the
the Box-lobby, the horse-racing, in short of all Cytherean hemisphere; but it is to bc hoped that
those gentry, who assume the impudent airs of a she is become too hackneyed to attract any atten
man of quality, when nobody knows who they are ; tion, but that of general disgust!
and in that kind of gentry this metropolis does Thus it is, that infamy and ruin accompany
abundantly abound! each other; and the all-accomplished soldier and his Dulcinea are examples to their respective pro
HANDE .. fessions, that external splendour can never shield The intended commemoration of this immortal private vice from public difgrace !
musician, is likely to prove one of the most fplenTown GENTLEMEN.
did musical festivals ever known in this counWhilst many writers have exerted their try, and that under the immediate protection of talents in the argumentative and the declamatory,
his Majesty, who by this mark of his attention to respecting Town Ladies, a numerous class of one of the most enchanting sciences, in the act of beings equally respectable, and who may justly
conferring, receives immortal honour. Indeed be called Town Gentlemen, seem to escape notice,
nothing has been wanting on the part of his as if they were not a nuisance cqually dangerous
Majesty, since his accession to the Throne, with the sharpers of the other sex. A great deal
for the utmost encouragement of the arts' and has been said of the numbers of prostitutes infeft
fcienccs ; and as there are few better judges of ing our strcets; and when it is considered, that
composition than his Majesty, it is no wonder the number of gamesters, fwindlers, money len
that he wishes to pay particular honours to the ders, and black-legs, is perhaps superior, it may
of Handel, justly excite our wonder, that honest industry can A GALLERY, peculiarly magnificent and beaumake any progress, thus be-set with every species
tiful, is said to be preparing for the Royal Famiof villainy: A Town Gentleman is one who,
ly, at the Pantheon ; and directions are given having no visible means of subsistence, runs the
to prepare Westeninster Abbey for the reception round of dissipated folly, and is always to be dif
of a more numerous and splendid congregation covered in every place of public amusement,
than have appeared within its walls since the co. which he frequents on the same principle as
ronation of our illustrious Sovereign. Town Ladies—for the sake of reimbursing his
WHILST the fine arts are thus countenanced expences, and picking up a decent livelihood. by Royalty, we may entertain the most lively
He is generally supported by his success at the hopes that Britain shall more than emulate Athens gaming table, which he constantly attends, in
and Rome in the excellence of her productions, order to take in every unwary visitant. A pub
and the happiness of her people! lic procession forms a kind of field day for him,
I am, Dear Spec, and he generally retires well paid for his extra
Your upright Deputy, duty.Sometimes he associates with a house of mercantile thieves, who, after having procured
To other CORRESPONDENTS.
To the NEW SPECTATOR. Mr. SPECTATOR,
We wish to be informed, through the channel of your entertaining paper, what advantages would result to the mathematics from a discovery of Squaring the circle; and whether the discoverer might expect a pecuniary reward for making it public?
We are, Sir, yours, &c.
SQUARE AND CIRCLE.
To the New SPECTATOR.
The writer who hgns himself Blaze, has my thanks for his friendly hints ; but he should recollect that the Opinions of John Bull, are introduced purposely to animadvert on such temporary matlers as are either neglected, or misrepresented, in the daily prints. The Essay is what properly forms the New Spectator; and is appropriated to that species of composition, which I am happy to find meets with the approbation of Blaze, whose literary favours would be very acceptable. The request of the Gentiewoman from Jerico can be complied with on no other condition than that of her setting the example she wishes me to follow. As I have no manner of acquaintance with the gentlemen she alludes to, her compliments rest with myself.-The representations of one of the Goldsmith's company may be very juft, but his favours would probably prove more acceptable to a morning paper.-I am obliged to the gentleman who sends me the complimentary verses on the Duchess of Devonshire, but he will find thein already printed in a certain collection of Sonnets entitled the Bevy of Beauties.
think that since the invention of balloon carriages it will greatly increase the number of cafile, builders? If so, we may hope to see Reynardum, that great architect, Master of Arts, and Fellow of Brooke's College, at the head of the City castle, near the Devil, TEMPLE-BAR, where nought but wind can make his beard to wag!
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MONGST those who aspire to the praise of
leading fashions and adjusting ceremonies, it is observable that their whole conduct may generally may be reduced to a kind of science, in which affectation, either serious, comic, or demicaractere, is the main spring of action. It is therefore no wonder, that of all common attainments there does not seem to be any thing less understood than politeness, or that attention to the ease and pleasure of others, by which people of refined manners will to be distinguished. And it is remarkable that the posthumous docu ments of a late noble Earl have rather contributed to mislead the judgment, than to correct the manners, of his readers. He has laid down a system the observation of which involves them in a thousand absurdities, gives them false ideas of taste, and renders them liable to that ridicule which always accompanics the extravagancies of affectation, and the assumption of airs foreign to natural habits and manners.
I THINK I can perceive a wonderful change in the common behaviour of such of my acquaintance as are desirous of establishing a reputation for this enchanting accomplishment of politeness, upon his Lordship's principles. Without the
abilities and address which distinguished the noble Lord whose precepts they endeavour to follow, they, on every occasion, wish to adopt his finesse ; and, however incompatible with their natural dispositions, to put on that malk of difsimulation, that air of deception, which is the grand corner-stone of his Lordship’s superstructure of politeness, but which is very apt to give way, and expose the weakness of the whole building.
The system of manners which his lordship has so warmly endeavoured to recommend to his pupil, and those graces by which he was desirous that pupil should be distinguished, may perhaps be of some service in courts, where dissimulation and the outward shows of virtue are practised; but are of the most pernicious consequence in the scale of general life, where they tend to break the bond of civil compact, to put virtue out of countenance, to abolish common honesty, and render every man suspicious even of the friendly deeds of his neighbour.
Since the publication of this much-admired system, it has afforded no small degree of entertainment to me, to observe the graceless manner in which many have attempted, and “ spite