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1773. A Walk through Pall-Mall. --- Gustavus III.
5 and the other Lord Sh-Ib-rne. I owned ped round her head, a blue apron before immediately, that the brawny limbs and her, a knife suspended from thence by coarfe manner of the former entitled a cord, her petticoat tucked halfway liim to wear a knot ; but I could not up to hereknee, and a tub of oysters account so easily for the latter, till I upon her head, measured the room recollected that his lordship was deep with long strides. Is it possible, faid I, in the science of filching, lying, out. that a duchess has been made of an witting, cheating, impudence, and oyster.wench! --- and a duke of a other link-boy qualities.
poftillion! for I had now observed that Leaving these august peers as I his grace had been metamorphofed into found them, I pursued my way to the a brother of the whip. Beshrew me, east, and made a kind of involuntary O fortune ! if I know what right ftop at the famous Mr. Pinchbeck's. thou hast to make a duchess, when I walked in, and found him writing nature meant an oyster-wench ! --- or a card to St. James's. I touched his a duke, wlien nature, and education fhoukler with my sword, and the crea. too, meant a pollillion !..- By St. ture immediately became a squirrel Piercy! it was whimsically done, and with a' chain of toys round his neck. cannot be accounted for by any branch Thou wretched animal, (said I) well of natural philosophy. does it become thee. I see thou wast I departed from this mansion of made by nature to fetch and carry pride and meanness, and visited vaI always supposed thee to be a play- rious places both public and private thing fit only for girls --- and for theatres, coffee houses, courts of kings. I fee that by nature thou art justice, and booksellers shops : the most despicable of four-footed ani- In these last places the amusement is mals --- by art, the most despicable infinite ; for by touching any book of the two-footed kind.
with my sword, I discover instantly I left him, and walked on till I its intrinsic merit or intrinsic dullness'a came to the great house on the right When the book is good, it stands the at Charing-cross !--- the stately man- trial; when dull, my sword thrinks fion of the N-th-mb-r-l-nds. So au- from it like the sensitive plant. By guft a dwelling (said I to myself) ought this quality alone, my wooden sword to be the possession of august person will be of more utility than all the ages. Let us examine. Close as the wooden-headed Montbly and Critical gate is hut, a wave of my sword threw Reviewers put together. Indeed I paid it open. I walked streight up to what a very particular visit to the Critical my lady duchess calls, in lofty mood, Reviewers in Fleet-street, and made her presence-chamber.' Here I waved very strange discoveries ; which, with my weapon once more, and was asto- several other things, will be related . nished. A masculine and robuft wench, in due tiine. with a red spotted handkerchief wrap- [To be continued occasionally. ]
For tbe LONDON MAGAZIN E. CHARACTER of GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS III.
KING OF SWEDEN. (Witb a beautiful Engraving, done from an original Painting in the Cabinet
of the French King.) GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS III. In his private life he is amiable and
king of Sweden, is now en prudent. 'Divested of those idle wishes tering into the 28th year of his age, and which lead monarchs to grandeur bas performed already more important rather than to glory, unattached to actions than half the kings of Europe that parade and that pomp which are bebide. If the future part of his life , usually conspicuous in despotic courts, fhould be marked with plans, atchieve- he is ambitious of possessing the ments, successes, equal to those of his means of splendour rather than splenyouth, he will be the most fingular dour itself. His subjects lament in onarch of his age.
how diftant these means are from his
Jan. reach, the distresses of his kingdom equalled the activity, the intrepidity, having been increasing for many years the prudence which were exerted in under the tyrannous and illegal rule baltening it to a successful period. of an ungovernable aristocracy: they Without stratagem, force, bloodsbed, lament their want of means to enrich or money, the work which his antheir sovereign, because his power to cestors had revolved in their thoughts do good never keeps pace with his for some ages was performed by him inclination to do it. His domestic in a few hours: his foes were subdued, affections never wander out of their and his country and himself delivered proper channel, and he wishes to be from slavery. obeyed through esteem for him rather The general complexion of his ad. than through fear : when the former ministration, since he became absolute, ceases to be effectual, he never delays has been in a high degree favourable to excite the latter.
to his reputation. He has been viHis character as a statesman and po. gilant in restoring his kingdom to litician will be ever evinced by the order, confirming its laws, and regurevolution he lately, effected in his lating its police : he has continually kingdom with surprising success. It directed his attention to the ease of is not denied that the design of that his subjects, and when he could not event had been formed, and in some immediately relieve them, he has measure digested, long before ; but sympathised with them : nor has he the moment of execution was un. exercised yet, in one instance, those expected. It
arrived by acci. absolute powers with which he is now dent, and nothing but a compre- vested by the general consent and aphensive understanding, great force of probation of his subjects. In a word, judgment, undaunted spirit, and an if he is happy enough to disengage admirable presence of mind, could himself from those French chains have seized upon it so suddenly as the which at present necessarily enthral season of advantage. The happy dis- him, he will be equally powerful cernment which guided the commence- at home and respectable abroad.
of this undertaking hardly
For the LONDON MAGAZINE. No. III. OF ORIGINAL CHARACTERS.
art thou ! What a world of chief, puts it to his nose, and blows novelty ! what a mass of variety! hard enough for all to hear him. He What manners! What men ! how spits about the room, and sneezes numerous how various how op- aloud. He sleeps much by day, by posite !
night he sleeps soundly, and he snores If you ask the reason, I do not pro- loudly in company.
He takes up fess to tell you. You must ask the more room than any one else in walkphilosophers.
ing, or at table. He takes the wall There are two men whom I know, of his equals; be stops, they stop; who have a fingularity in their charac- he goes forward, they go forward : ters. I will call the one Cacafogo, the all are governed by his motions. He other Dick Slim. La Bruyere knew interrupts the person that speaks ; them too, and described them. They but let him talk as long as he thinks are faithfully exhibited in the follow- fit, he is never interrupted : the coming portraits. CACAFOGO has a fresh com
pany is always of his opinion, and his
news is constantly the trueft. If he plexion, a smooth face, a steady and sits down, you see him in an elbow resolute look, large shoulders, a full chair ; and he crosses his legs, wrinkles chest, a firm and deliberate step. He bis brows, pulls his hat over his eyes, fpeaks boldly, must have every word and will see nobody. He raises him. repeated that is spoken to him, and is self afterwards, and discovers a proud but indifferently pleased with any and confident forehead. If he says 5
1773. Dick Slim, the poor Man.---Dramatic Striatures. the meat is good, it is so : if he says by stealth, and sneaks off if observed the wine is bad, it is so. If he is He has no place, no room any where merry, so is the company: if he is he pulls his hat over his eyes, that he angry, the circle applauds him. He may not be seen : he folds himself says he is a wit, and they believe him: up in his cloak, and there is no street he says he is a great genius, and no. or gallery so crouded or thronged but body contradicts him.
he finds a way to get through without Do you ask the reason of this ? joftling, and creep along without Ceca ogo is RICH.
being perceived. If he is desired to
fit, he seats himself on the edge of Tbe CONTRAST.
the chair, talks low in conversation, DICK SLIM has hollow eyes, obe. and not very plain. He seldom opens dient features, a meagre look, and a his mouth but to reply, blows his nose lean body. His sleep is little, and his under his bat, spits in his handkerlumbers light. He is penfive, thought. chief, gets into a corner to sneeze, ful, and with good sense has the air that the company may not perceive it. of one that is itupid. He forgets to He will laugh with you, he will cry speak what he knows, or to talk of with you, he will pity with you, he those accidents with which he is ac
will rail with you : he will do any quainted. If he speaks sometimes, thing with you but be affuming. He be comes but ill off: he is never cofts nobody a compliment, or a fahearkened to, nor taken notice of. lutation. He troubles nobody, and He praises, he laughs at others jefts, nobody takes any trouble about him. he is of their opinions, he runs, he Do you enquire the reason of all fies to do them little services. He is this? a fatterer, complaisant, busy, my
Dick Slim is POOR. sterious in his affairs, superstitious, Let not the reader be surprised scrupulous, timorous, and sometimes when I tell him, that these two men a lyar, He steps lightly and softly, have souls exactly similar, of the same seemingly afraid to tread the ground : cast : but they act, like the rest of the he walks with his eyes downwards,not world, from círcumstances; they daring to raise them to look on those have opposite characters only because who pass by him. He never makes one they have opposite situations. If Cain any of those companies who meet cafogo was poor, he would be Dick on purpose to discourse : he puts him- Slim : If Dick Slim was rich, he would self behind him who speaks, hears but be Cacafogo.
THE BRITISH THEATRE. I Teis
, perhapsu no heures cover trean wity and playfulhumour Where is vry dull since our last. Drury-Lane the random and plenteous vein of bas fed upon a new pantomime, and Congreve ? or the elegant liveliness of Covent Garden upon an old one. Farquhar? --- These expired with the
We will not spend many words poffeffors of them. about it, but we affirm, that since We are told, and we know it to be the first existence of the theatre in true, that the managers of our theatres Britain (unless indeed at that infant damp the ardour of rising genius by un. period when the theatre and the fair and unworthy dealings; that they church were synonymous) it did not extinguish the youthful fiame by initand upon to despicable an establith- dulging in themselves a mean parti. ment as at present. It is not necesary ality for avarice and self-intereit. to recur for comparisons to the golden They will not, we believe, deny, that times of Elizabeth : the last age is suf- they have suppressed many an excellent ficient. The brilliant example which performance, to make room for their the age of Anne transmitted to us is own pieces --- either translated from clouded with phlegmatic sentiment and the French, or altered from Shakespear cold reasoning : a kind of Gallic mist or Johnson. By this practice of unLas extinguished every ray of genuine seasonable economy, they receive into