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innovations in religion, and are, to a man, tenacious of their religious privileges. Sir John Ketch is appointed chairman at the next general congress. There has been very little business done at the Bridewell Bank for some time. Our funds are at present very low. The three per cents were done last week as low as thirty, owing to the general alarm of an invasion by the English. That treacherous and perfidious nation may, perhaps, find us better prepared than they expect. Several promotions have been made in our army. General Squad has taken the command of the Fieldlane light troops. Captain Macheath has been promoted to Major in the same, and Lieutenant Picklock is promoted to Captain, vice Major Macheath. Dyot Street County, Sept. 28. Notwithstanding the alarming state of affairs, and an immediate expe&tation of hostilities, our theatre succeeds amazingly. Last night the Beggar's Opera was performed by our company, and received throughout with unbounded and universal applause. No acting could be more natural, and the songs were executed in a stile of excellence seldom found on other theatres. The church of St. Pillory was opened last Sunday, and a most excellent sermon preached by Dr. Atkinson. The text was, “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.” -
QUIDNUNCKERY; or, THE LOVE OF NEWS. [From the Morning Herald.] MR. EDITOR, GREAT as the change has certainly been in manners, arising from the military arrangements of the present day, honest John Bull has not entirely quitted his ancient pursuits. It was always observed, that the tendency of war was to increase the number of politicians; and the present has been so happily contrived, that John's political bias yet remains, although every town is a garrison, and every field a camp. His attachment to quidnunckery is as constant as ever. Our general system of defence, while it puts arms into the hands of the young and active, allows persons above a certain age to remain at home, and contribute their wisdom only to the public service. Hence, while the young are learning to handle the musket, or trail the pike, the older, who are unfit for such robust manoeuvres, are brandishing reports, and grappling with conjećtures ; now fitting in council on the probability of invasion, or calculating by figures the moment of its approach ; now decyphering the enigmas of a Margate letter, or, with philosophic curiosity, taking the gauge and depth of a newspaper paragraph. Luckily for this ancient love of news, this defire to know the issue of what has never been contrived, and the event of what has never happened, the P. while
considerably, that at the moment we are writing, the best-informed of our papers are not quite certain whether the invasion is to be attempted in boats at all !— This is but a slight sketch of the vast variety of rumours with which John Bull, senior, has been tantalized for some months past. We might add, how frequently Ministers have been censured for not doing that in which they were occupied, or for doing that which they never intended. The younger branches, however, of the family have, with more wisdom, been preparing themselves for any force that may appear, and have been more anxious to number their own battalions, than the enemy’s boats |
BONA PARTE is just arrived in a balloon, and all his
generals are expected in an hour with the telegraph. Sixty thousand cavalry under General Davoust are ordered to man fixty ships of the line. Thirty regiments of dragoons, thirty frigates, , and one hundred regiments of hussars, are in requisition to manoeuvre four thousand gun-boats. The flat-bottomed boats are to be carried over to England by the light infantry, and the grenadiers are to fix the floating batteries to protećt the passage. Telegraphs are ordered to be erected in the middle of the British Channel and in the German Sea, half way between France and England. All the guides are ready ballooned, and a parachute is attached to Bonaparté’s wooden house. The First Consul’s bed is fixed in a life-boat. Mad. Bonaparté, and her maids of honour, are ". full
dressed in cork jackets; and the Senate, Council of State, Legislative Body, the Tribunate, with all the ministers, prefe&ts, bishops, cardinals, and the whole Legion of Honour, have put on jack-boots lined with cork. The flying artillery is ready, and waits only - for a fair wind to blow it over to England.
- - Health and fraternity.
- CITIZEN PUFF.
... P. S. Two o’Clock, A. M.–The Council of State , is now deliberating whether it will be safer to carry the gun-boats in the balloons, or the balloons in the gun-boats; to send the flat-bottomed boats with the telegraphs, or the telegraphs with the flat-bottomed