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Gentlemen, interrupted a par- ömirted saying bis breviary that day. ty-coloured brother, so much for the Gentlemen, said a little man in conduct of the ministry; that is in' an uniform, raising his voice, I am every body's mouth; let us talk of only an enlign, reduced by want our military operations. How are to relinquish my employment, and our matters in Germany! They wait upon a clerk of the court of can't well be worse, anfwered a dif- aids ; but let his majesty make me banded officer, who, two months be- general of his German army, I fore, had turned footman. It is but would engage, and give security lately that I left that army, so can for the performance, to take Ha. talk to the purpose of it Never was nover, and within six months to there such a set of wretched blunder- lodge the great grandson of the marers as our generals.

quis of Brandenburg in the castle of Sblood, interrupted the archbishop Vincennes. of Paris, it is not their fault; it is all Here an old fervant of marshal owing to the court : why do they em. Belleille took up the cudgels : Gire ploy generals who know nothing of me leave, Mr. Enfign, to tell you, Sieges and battles ? church-benefices that is easier said than done ; the would suit them better; and give the king of Pruflia is in his own councommand of the armies to bishops, try; he has an army of two huo. Your grace is in the right, added å dred thousand men, which he comfoofman of the prince of Conti; most mands in person, and that gives of the French officers should be put him a vast advantage over us. I to say mal, and let the monks and don't say but that he may be redopriessgird on the sword; they would ced, but it must be by time and pa. make better generals, take my word tience, Armies on armies must be for it, than those who at prefent com- sent thither, and fresh troops be conmand our armies.

tinually replacing the former. · We Damn your church-gentry, repli- never could do any thing in Germaed a domestic of the prince of Con- ny; and all the glory we have acdé; they are as much at a loss in quired there has been by running the field as others : did not our away: the only thing which gaincourt, i'other day, send an abbé to ed France reputation in the north, command the troops in Germany, was the ever-famous retreat made by and what were his mighty feats? me in the last war. Did not he get a severe drubbing, To this fanfaronade, a footman with the loss of twelve or fifteen thou- of Mal-bs made answer, Under sand men ? and then he comes a- favour, marshal, thou art a doat. way to Versailles, to acquaint the ing old fellow ; I had been at the king that his knowledge reached no helm, nothing shouldst thou have farther. Here a valet of the prince had to do with the conduct of the of Clermont called out: Fair and war, unless ferring you over the fo. softly, gentlemen ; i was myself in Tages. That is all you are fit for ; that expedition ; and well planned you imagine armies to be like trufies it was ; so that we were confident of hay, which may be replaced by of giving the enemy a smart drub- new forages.. bing : bof, unluckily for France, the My lords, interrupted a politician ablé de St. Germain des Prez had dressed in green, here's the cause of Vatican, with all its policy, he will, es; only B-f-y's poor valet, not doubtless, be a match for St. James's. having wherewith to discharge bis

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has laid. general have we of any capacity. down his plan, and he is determiocd That is a plant which now no long. to ruin Europe for the noble pleaer grows in France. One would fure of being talked of when he is in think that the whole species, of it his grave, was loft ; the great marshal Saxe That's going a great way, said seems at his death to have shut the an author's cook, for a little shrimp door of military glory, and carried of a crown, whose majelty is unaway the key with him to the grave, der five feet two inches. Gentle

Really, gentlemen, raid another men, continued he, I am, by profefpolitician, whose name I found to be lon, a cook; if any power in EuSt. Jean,’uis quite amazing that there rope will give me a handsome re, should be no heads in the kingdom. ward, I'll engage to poi — you unBut a thought comes into my mind; derstand me ; a word to the wise. Since all the male commanders fent is enough. A German fricasee will one after another into Germany, do the business, or an English rahave miscarried, what lay ye to try- gout will be still better; but, to ing female generals ? Two or three make sure work of it, I would toss ladies, with large hoops, at the head him up a Spanish olio. of our armies, would strike the ene- Gentlemen, said a political couniy all of a heap. I have heard that sier, who hitherto had not opened there are irregular thrusts, by.which his mouth, you mind nothing but the best fencing-inafters are often de- Germany; the king of Prussia is ceived. The king of Pruffia would, continually before you; yet it is not perhaps, be put to a stand, at the there that the saddle galls : were fight of a commander set off with we ever so successful in the north, patches and ribbands. At the very our affairs would not meod. Land wordt, we could only Inre batt'es battles are nothing to us; it is only drawn up by a fan, as we lose those fea victories that will let us to rights: which are conducted by a truncheon: the main point for France is ro humbesides, one hope would still re- ble the pride of the vapouring Brimain; for, though the king of Prus tons. And how would you have fia be not a man of gallantry, he us cope with England without a would perhaps be amazed to beat ficet, said the high admiral ? a pretty woman, and rather resign That's for thee, Ber-r, said the the victory in her favour. Here a rame politician, to a furly kind of coachman belonging to a bishop man, the blame lies at thy door; from Languedoc stopped him short. and after all, why do you let France You know a great deal of that prince be without a navy? That's the way indeed! But I rell you, were the , of all you schemers, answered the *** *** * herleif 10 give him other haftily; you would have one batile, he would endeavour to trim build a feet of ships at once, as you her; and it would not be his fault, raile an army of soldiers. Great if he did not take her prisoner, with schemes are always attended with a view of getting a large ransom great obstacles ; for instance, I had from * * in genere laid down the finest plan for a navy * ** This king * * * * that had ever been formedin France: * * * * * et it was for completely building and

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leaped up behind their masters coach ers was to come on the carpet.

An ORIGINAL LETTER from Mr. Pope 10 tbe DUTCHESS

of HAMILTON.

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No, madam-despise great beasts, from the wisdom of the legislature), such as Gay'; who now goes by ihe he might at worst make an excel. dreadful name of, The beast of Blois, lent bonfire; which is all that (upwhere Mr. Pulteney and he are set- on a change of religion) can be detled, and where he fhews tricks gra- fired from an heretick. I do not ris, to all the beasts of his own coun ry, hope your grace fiould be convert. (for ftrangers do not yet under ftand ed; but however, I wilh you would The voice of the beast.) I have heard call at Mis. B-'s out of curiosity : from him but once, Lord Warwick to meet people one likes, is thought twice, Mrs. Lepell thrice: if there by some the belt reason for going be any has heard from him four to church; and I dare promise you'll times, I fuppose it is you

like one another : they are extremely I beg Mr. Blundell may know, your servants, or else I should not Dr. Logg has received ordination, think them iny friends. and enters on his funktions this ought to keep up the custom, winter at Mrs. Blount's. They have and ask you to send me something. chofen this innocent man for their Therefore pray, madam, send me confeffor ; and I believe moft Ro. yourself ; that is, a letter ; and pray man catholic ladies, that have any make halte to bring up yourself, fins, will follow their example that is all I value, to town. This good priest will be of the or- I am, with the trueft refpect, the der of Melchifedeck, a priest for e. least ceremony, and the most zeal, ver, and serve a family from gene

Madam, ration to generation. He'll stand

Your grace's, in a corner as quietly as a clock,

Most obedient, faithful, and being wound up once a week, ftrike up a loud alarum on a Sunday

And most humble servant, morning. Nay, if the chriftian re

A POPE. Jigion fhould be abolished (as indeed " Mr. Hamilton, I am your's." there is great reason to expect it, There is a short letter for you.

dccount of an EXPERIMENT made to render WOOD less combafiible.

y Aving two glazed pipkins, I put thirteen days all were taken out, and be a quart of river water into each, dried in the shade a month; then and in one of them two ounces of putting a piece of wood, of each alum, and in the other one ounce fort and size with the above- inentiof common fea falt, and the same oned, (10 wbich nothing had been quantity of white vitriol, all grossly done) upon a clear sea-coal fire, they powdered, stirring until the sales were' were entirely consumed in fix mi. diffolved; I then put into each nutes, those impregnated with salt pipkin al piece of dry English and and vitriol in seven, and those with foreign oak, mahogany, beech, and alum in eight minutes. Though Norway deal, all being half an inch the above experiment did not fully thick, and kept down in the liquid' answer my expectations, yet it is by two large fints, the reason for probable that the mineral and vege. which is obvious. At the end of table kingdoms do produce fubftan

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