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the theatre ; for the stage being an entertaisront of tlu rezon and all our faculties, this way of bourg pleased with the suspence of them for three bouti togriber and being given up to the sbailow 81119Antico) of the eyes and cars only, seuns to arise rather from the alloseuetary of our understanding, then an improvement of our diversions That the 11nderstandin', bas no part in the pleasure is evident, from what these letters very positively assert, to wit, that it great part of the performance was done in Italian ; and a great critick * Idl into fits in the gallery, at sreng, not only time and place, but Jangrikes and nations confused in the most incorpigible manner. This spleen is so extremely moved on this oco-jon, that he is going to publish another trenti against oty, which, he thinks, have already indunelis to thoughts of peace, and, if tolerated, must infallibly di pririt us from carrying on the war. lie las communicated his scheme to the whole room, and declared in what manner things of this kind were first introduced. He has upon this occasion considered the nature of sounds in general, and made a very elaborate digression on the Londou Cries, wherein be has shown), from reason and philosophy, wliy oysters are cricd, card matches sung, and turneps and all other vegciables neither cried, suny, vor said, but sold, with an accent and tone neither natural to man por beast. This piece seems to be taken from the model of that excellent discourse of Mrs. Manly f the school-mistress, concerning samplers. Advices from the upper end of Piccadilly say, that May Fair is utterly abolished ;
* John Dennis.
4 Sem, 'n Dr. King's works, vol. II. 8vo. edit. 1996, "An Issay on the li vention of Samplers, by Mrs. Arabella Manly, Schoolmistress at Hackney."
and we hear Mr. Penkethman has removed his ingenious company of strollers to Greenwich. But other letters from Deptford say, the company is only making Wither, and not yet settled ; but that several heathen gods and goddesses, which are to descend in machines, landed at the King's. Head Stairs last Saturday. Venus and Cupid went on foot from thence to Greenwich ; Mars got drunk in the town, and broke his landlord's head, for which he sat in the stocks the whole evening; but Mr. Penkethman giving security that he should do nothing this ensuins summer, he was set at liberty. The most melanci oly part of all was, that Diana was taken in the act of forvication with a boatman, and committed by justice Wrathful; which has, it seeins, put a stop to the diversions of the theatre of Blackheath. But there goes down another Diana and a Patient Grissel next tide from Billingsgate.
It is crcdibly reported that Mr. D y * has agreed with Mr. Penkethman to have his play acted before that audience as soon as it has had its first sixteen days run in Drury Lane,
St. James's Coffee-house, April 18. They write from Saxony of the thirteenih instant, N. S. that the grand general of the Crown of Poland was so far from entering into a treaty with king Stanislaus, that he had written circular letters, wherein he exhorted the Palatines to join against him ; declaring that this was the most favourable conjuncture for asserting their liberty.
Letters from the Hague of the twenty-third instant, N. S. say, they have advices from Vienna, which import, that his Electoral Highness of HaLover had signified to the Imperial Court, that ine
did not intend to put himself at Wir bead of the troo;) of the Empire, except more otheti al measury were then for allting vigorously awainst the epunny the enting campaign. Upon this representation the Emperor huis viven orders to several r 1111cnt* to march towards the Rhine, and dispatlırd expresse* to the respective princess of the empire, to desire do aumentation of their forcry.
These litery add, that an express arrived at the 1110111* on the twentieth instant, with advice, that thie (denny having made a dctaclinent from Tournay, of bitteen hundred horse, cach trooper carrying a foot soldier behind him, in order to surprize the ginion of Alont; the alley, upon notice of their match, sent out antrong body of troops from Ghent, which engaged the enemy at Asche, and took two hundred of them prisoners, obliging the rest to retire without making any larthrallempt. On the twenty-second in the morning a fleet of merchant aliip coming from Scotland were anched by six French privilliers at the entrance of the Mcusc. We have yol no certain advice of the event: but Testers from Rotterdam say, that a Durch man of war, of forty guns, which was convoy to the said 11't, Will takeli, as were also eighteen of whe meralumni. The Swins troops in the service of the Simtes have compleated ihe auginentation of their dispective cor: 'nies. Those of Wirtemberg and Prinia are expected on the frontiery within a few days; and the auxiliaries from Saxony, a4 also a battalion of Liebstein, and another of Woltenbuille, are ndvancing thither with all expedition. On the twenty lint instant the Deputics of the States had a conference near Woerden with the President Rouille, but the matter which was therein debated is not made public, llis Grace the Duke of Marl. bojonghi und Prince Eugene continue at the blagi,
From my own Apartment, April 18. I have lately been very studious for intelligence, and have just now, by niy astrological flying post, received a packet from Felicia * an island in America, with an account that gives me great satisfaction, and lets. me understand, that the island was never in greater prosperity, or the administration in so good hands, since the death of their late glorious King. These letters import, that the chief Minister has entered into a firm league with the ablest and best men of the nation, to carry on the cause of liberty, to the encouragement of religion, virtue, and honour. Those persons at the helm are so useful, and in themselves of such weight, that their strict alliance must needs tend to the universal prosperity of the people. Camillo t, it seems, presides over the deliberations of state ; and is so highly valued by all men, for his singular probity, courage, affability, and love of mankind, that his being placed in that station has dissipated the fears of that people, who of all the world are the most jealous of their liberty and happiness, and the least provident for their security. The next member of their society is Horatio 1, who makes all the public dispatches. This Minister is master of all the languages in use to great perfection. He is held in the highest veneration imaginable for a severe honesty, and love of his country: he lives in a Court unsullied with any of its artifices; the refuge of the oppressed, and terror of oppressors. Martio ß has joined liimself to this council; a man of most undaunted resolu
* In this allegorical paper, by Felicia is meant Britain.
Sidney E-s' of Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer.
. • . N° 4. tion, and great knowledge in maritime affairs ; famous for destroying the navy of the Franks *, and singularly happy in one particular, that he never preferred a man who has not proved remarkably serviceable to his country. Philander f is mertioned with particular distinction ; a nobleman who has the most refined taste of the true pleasures and elegance of life, joined to an indefatigable industry in business ; a man eloquent in assemblies, agreeable in conversation, and dextrous in all manner of public negociations. These letters add, that Verono I, who is also of this council, has lately set sail to his government of Patricia, with design to confirm the affections of the people in the interests of his Queen. This Minister is master of great abilities, and is as industrious and restless for the preservation of the liberties of the people, as the greatest enemy can be to subvert them. The influence of these personages, who are men of such distinguished parts and virtues, makes the people enjoy the utmost tranquillity in the midst of a war, and gives them undoubted hopes of a secure peace from their vigilance and integrity.
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* At La Hogue, in 1692.
+ William Cavendish Duke of Devonshire, Lord Steward of the Houshold.
# Thomas Earl of Wharton, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. § The preceding papers had been given gratis.