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of men, as our college of physicians are ; and I shall take care to draw out the substance of this argument, and present it, in short heads, to each member at a proper time; and not without some hopes that reason may weigh them. • In the mean time, I hope a worthy gentleman, a member of our house, will stand up on that occasion, and assert the rights of a faculty, which he has entered into, and does an honour to: it must be remembered to his credit, thar, being equally skilled in physick and civil law, and, perhaps, in divinity as well as either, he chose to commence in medicine, having chiefly qualified himself for that noble faculty by repeated travels, and enriched his mind with many curious observations, which the world may, in time, expect incredible benefit from. .
If any man thinks fit to reply to this argument, and rectify any mistakes in it; I desire him to preserve his temper, and debate the matter with the same coolness that I have done ; that no blood may be drawn in the controversy, nor any reason given me to complain of “ civilis vulnera dextræ." As conviction chiefly engaged me on the side of physicians; so, in some measure, a sense of gratitude for a faculty, to which I owe the comforts of life, and perhaps life itself; having received from it unspeakable ease in the two inveterate distempers of the spleen and the
I THE TATL E R.
VOL. V. N° I.
" Quis ergo sum saltem, si non sum Sosia ? Te interrogo...
· PLAUT. AMPHYTRUO.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 1910-11*. IT is impossible perhaps for the best and wisest among us, to keep sợ constant a guard upon our
* Jan. 2, 1.710-11, Dr. Swift tells Stella, “ Steele's last Tatler « came out to day. You will see it before this comes to you, and “e how he takes leave of the world. He never told so much as Mr. « Addison of it, who was surprised as much as I; but, to say « truth, it was time; for he grew cruel dull, and dry. To my “ knowledge, he had several GOOD HINTS to go upon; but he was « so lazy, and weary of the work, that he would not improve « them."— Jan. 11, he adds, “ I am setting up a new Tatler: « little Harrison whom I have mentioned to you. Others have “ put him on it, and I encourage him; and he was with me this “ morning and evening, showing me his first, which comes out on u Saturday. I doubt he will not succeed, for I do not much ap« prove his manner ; but the scheme is Mr. secretary St. John's cand mine, and would have done well enough in good hands. I " recommended him to a printer, whom I sent for, and settled the " matter between them this evening. Harrison has just left me : " and I am tired with correcting his trash.” In this number the judicious reader will readily recognise the letter of Humphry Wagstaff; and though the whole paper is not the production of our au. thor; he at least adopted it by his corrections.
temper, but that we may at one time or other lie open to the strokes of fortune, and such incidents as we cannot foresee. With sentiments of this kind I came home to my lodgings last night, much fatigued with a long and sudden journey from the country, and full of the ungrateful occasion of it. It was natural for me to have immediate recourse to my pen and ink; but before I would offer t use of them, I resolved deliberately to tell over a hundred, and when I came to the end of that sum, I found it more advisable to defer drawing up my intended remonstrance, till I had slept soundly on my resentments. Without any other preface than this, I shall give the world a fair account of the treatment I have lately met with, and leave them to judge whether the uneasiness I have suffered be inconsistent with the character I have generally pretended to. About three weeks since, I received an invitation from a kinsman in Staffordshire, to spend my Christmas in those parts. Upon taking leave of Mr. Morphew, I put as many papers into his hands as would serve till my return, and charged him at parting, to be very punctual with the town.. In what manner he and Mr. Lillie have been tampered with since, I cannot say; they have given me my revenge, if I desired any, by allowing their names to an idle paper, that in all human probability, cannot live a fortnight to an end.
Myself, and the family I was with, were in the midst of gayety, and a plentiful entertainment, when I received a letter from my sister Jenný, who, after mentioning some little affairs I had entrusted to her,
goes goes on thus : “ The enclosed, I believe, will give “ you some surprise, as it has already astonished 6 every body here: who Mr. Steele is, that sub“ scribes it, I do not know, any more than I can com6.prehend what could induce him to it, Morphew " and Lillie, I am told, are both in the secret. I “ shall not presume to instruct you, but hope you 66 will use some means to disappoint the ill nature of 6 those who are taking pains to deprive the world of " one of its most reasonable entertainments. I am, " ESC."
I am to thank my sister for her compliment; but be that as it will, I shall not easily be discouraged from my former undertaking. In pursuance of it, I was obliged upon this notice to take places in the coach for myself and my maid with the utmost expedition, lest I should, in a short time, be rallied out of my existence, as some people will needs fancy Mr. Partridge has been, and the real Isaac Bickerstaff have passed for a creature of Mr. Steele's imagination. This illusion might have hoped for some tolerable success, if I had not more than once produced my person in a crowded theatre ; and such a person as Mr. Steele, if I am not misinformed in the gentleman, would hardly think it an advantage to own, though I should throw him in all the little honour I have gained by my Lucubrations. I niay be allowed, perhaps, to understand pleasantry as well as other men, and can (in the usual phrase) take a jest without being angry; but I appeal to the world, whether the gentleman has not carried it too far, and whether he ought not to make a publick recantation, if the credulity of some unthinking peo. ple should force me to insist upon it. The follow
T. Steele. Crowd, more the
ing letter is just come to hand, and I think it not improper to be inserted in this paper.
.. ". TO, ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, ESQ.
Sir, I am extremely glad to hear you are come “ to town; for in your absence we were all' mightily as surprised with an unaccountable paper, signed 6, Richard Steele, who is esteemed by those that « know him, to be a man of wit and honour; and 66. therefore we took it either to be a counterfeit, or « perfect christmas frolick of that ingenious gentle« man. But then, your paper ceasing immediately 5 after, we were at a loss what to think : if you " were weary of the work you had so long carried « on, and had given this Mr. Steele orders to sig-, . “nify so to the publick, he should have said it in ac plain terms; but as that paper is worded, one « would be apt to judge, that he had a mind to 56.. persuade the town that there was some analogy
between Isaac Bickerstaff and him. Possibly there
may be a secret in this which I cannot enter into: " but I flatter myself that you never had any thoughts " of giving over your labours for the benefit of man65 kind, when you cannot but know how many. < subjects are yet unexhausted, and how many " others, as being less obvious, are wholly un« touched. I dare promise, not only for niyself, "s but many other abler friends, that we shall still " continue to furnish you with hints on all proper «s occasions, which is all your genius requires. I " think, by the way, you cannot in honour have “ any more to do with Morphew and Lillie, who «? have gone beyond the ordinary pitch of assurance, “ and transgressed the very letter of the proverb, by