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you six or seven years in the Bodleian Li- Book on the Sacrament, you know, has brary, to have turned over the Fathers, and sold to the twentieth edition, which would to have read and digested the whole com- have been an estate for a Bookseller.' pass both of Human and Ecclesiastic His. This design was quite lost in the novelty of tory-when, alas ! they have never been another; and Sam Crook being too fortuable to understand a single page of Saint nate a Rival, I would not so much as atCyprian, and cannot tell you whether the tempt the matter." Fathers lived before or after Christ. And At last, however, John's time was as for their Honesty, it is very remarkable : they will either persuade you to go upon “ One Lord's-day (and I am very sensianother man's Copy, to steal his Thought, ble of the sin) I was strolling about just as or to abridge his Book, which should have my fancy led me; and stepping into Dr. got him bread for his life-time.

When Annesley's Meeting-place, where, instead you have engaged them upon some Project of engaging my attention to what the or other, they will write you off three or Doctor said, I suffered both my mind and four sheets perhaps ; take up three or four my eyes to run at random (and it is very rare pounds upon an urgent occasion ; and you but Satan can throw in a temptation when shall never hear of them more. I have the sinner lies open for it), I soon singled offered thus much, as a character of these

out a young lady that almost charmed me Scribblers, that may give the caution to

dead ; but having made my inquiries, I Booksellers, and take off a most wretched found to my sorrow she was pre-engaged. scandal from the trade in general. How. However, my friends, to keep up the huever, though I have met with temptations mour I was in, advised me to make an exenough of this nature, to grow rich by periment upon her elder Sister (they both knavery, and a learned kind of theft ; yet being the Daughters of the Reverend Dr. this I can say for myself (and I neither Annesley); and the hint they gave me, as have, nor shall be too lavish in my own Providence would have it, made a deeper praise,) that I never printed another's Copy,

impression upon me than all the recom. went upon his Project, nor stole so much as

mendations they had given me before. I his Title-page, or his Thought."

disposed all matters to carry on the design His views of the profession on which with all possible dispatch. But I steered he had now entered, are sufficiently by another compass than I had done in all amusing.

my former amours. And was resolved, in “ A man should be well furnished with regard the Reverend Dr. Annesley was a an honest policy, if he intends to set out in

man of so much sincerity and religious pruthe world now-a-days. And this is no less

dence, to mention the matter first of all to necessary in a Bookseller than in any other him; and taking Mr. Isaac Brinly along Tradesman ! for in that way there are plots cond the proposal, the Doctor sent for Mr.

with me, and Mr. Obadiah Mariat to seand counterplots, and a whole army of Hackney Authors that keep their grinders Packhurst

, who gave me a character that moving by the travail of their pens. These

was favourable enough ; so that, having Gormandizers will eat you the very life out

received all reasonable satisfaction of that of a Copy so soon as ever it appears ; for, nature, the Doctor told me, I had his as the times go, Original and Abridgement Daughter for her’s ; which was more than

free consent, if I could prevail upon his are almost reckoned as necessary as man and wife; so that I am really afraid that a

Mr. Cockeril (deceased) could ever obtain, Bookseller and a good conscience will shortly

after a long courtship.' grow some strange thing in the earth. I

The modest Bibliopole seems never shall not carry the reflection any farther, to have been troubled with any misbut only make this single remark, that he who designs to be the best Christian, must givings in regard to his own qualificadip himself the least in business."

tions for gaining the affections of Miss The moment he had opened his Annesley, on whom and himself, from shop, and made a little money by pub- he bestows the Arcadian names of

the commencement of their flirtation, lishing “ the Reverend Mr Doolittle's Iris and Philaret. After a few months Sufferings of Christ”-his elderly female acquaintances seem all to have of delay, during which it seems to very busily set about providing him have been Dunton's custom to sup with a wife. One Mrs Seaton recom

every evening at the doctor's—the fair mended Miss Sarah Day of Green- the happiest of men—they were mar

Iris at length consented to make him wich-Sarah Doolittle was the next, ried on the 3d of August, 1682, in and apparently a more tempting pro- All-hallow's church, by Dr Willian posal. 66 • There is Sarah Doolittle,” says ano

Lewis--having listened the same morn“ will make a better wife for ing to a preparatory sermon preachyou by ten degrees, and then you will have ed by the bride's father. We cannot her Father's Copies for nothing; and his afford room for Mr Dunton's abstract

ther person,

of this sermon; but shall only mention 6 the sign of the Black Raven," in that the text was Ephesians, v. 32. front of a fénement entirely his own. «« This is a great mystery." The Here Iris soon exhibited her perfect posy of the wedding-ring was this, possession of all the faculties most pre“ God saw thee

cious in the lady of a Bibliopole. She

kept Dunton's cash-she balanced his Most fit for me.”

books for him-she darned his stockAfter the ceremony Dr Annesley ap- ings, and gave her opinion of MSS. pears to have sported a very good din. In short, as Dunton says" they were ner (for a dissenter,) and if we may now on their own legs, and every judge from the warmth of the following thing prospered ;” when of a sudden, epithalamium, which was composed and there came an universal damp upon sung in the course of the evening, by trade, occasioned by the defeat of Mon“the Reverend, learned, and devout mouth; and Dunton becoming inMr Joseph Veal”--the bottle had not volved in pecuniary difficulties by reabeen slow in its circuits. We quote son of some imprudent advances to his the verses chiefly on account of the cha- friends—found it expedient to get toracter here given of their author. gether as many books as he could, and

sail for New England with the specuAll that's sweet and soft attend ; All that's calm, serene, and bright,

lation. · The parting with Iris is dwelt That can please, or pleasure mend,

upon in the most affecting terms for Or secure, or cause delight.

many pages-but at last we find John Little Cupids, come and move

at sea—and very sick he is, and very Round the Bridegroom's greedy eyes ;

cowardly, as might have been expected. Whilst the stately Queen of Love

Myself and four more of the Passengers Round the Bride her cestus ties.

belonged to the Captain's mess ; but very Golden Hymen, bring thy robe ;.

often, when we were soberly sat down to Bring thy torch, that still inspires, dinner, one blast of wind would lay all Round the stately amorous globe,

our provisions in common.

When we Vigorous flames and gay desires. came about 50 leagues off the Lizard, and

in 96 fathom of water, and beginning to Sister Graces, all appear ;

sail by the Log, we were all on a sudden Sister Graces, come away ; Let the Heavens be bright and clear,

surprized with the cry of “ A sail ! a

sail !" which they mistook for a Sallee-man: Let the Earth keep holy-day.

orders were given immediately to make Joound Nature does prepare,

ready to engage; and I was resolved among To salute the charming Bride ;

the rest, to lose the last drop of life. But And with odours fill the air,

soon after we lost sight of the Sallee-man, Snatch'd from all the world beside. under the covert of a mist ; though, about

two o'clock next morning, we were rouzed Virtue, Wit, and Beauty may

with the shout, “ Arise! arise! the SalFor a time refuse to yield ;

lee-man's upon us.”

Upon this second But at length they must obey,

alarm, every man was set to his gun in an And with honour quit the field.

instant ; but as for myself, I kept out of Their efforts all in vain will prove,

sight as well as I could, till I heard them To defend their free-born state,

asking " Where is Mr Dunton, that was When attack'd by mighty Love,

so valiant over night ?” This, I confess, They must all capitulate.

put me into a cold sweat, and I cried, Marble-hearted Virgins, who

is Coming ! coming! I am only seeking Rail at Love, to shew your wits ;

my ruffles ;” a bad excuse, you know, is

better than none. I made my appearance So did once Eliza too,

at last, but looked nine ways at once ; for Yet with pleasure now submits.

I was afraid Death might come in amongst You too, envious Swains, who would

the boards, or nobody knew where. This Follow Cupid, if you might ;

is the only instance I can give, when my Like the Fox that gaping stood,

courage failed me. The danger was imDiscommend the grapes for spite. mediately blown over; for our pirate proved Since experience teacheth best,

no more than a Virginia Merchant, that Ask if mutual Love has charms,

was equally afraid of our Ship. Upon this When the Bride and Bridegroom rest, news, my courage returned ; and I seemed Lock'd in one another's arms.

very much dissatisfied, that I should lose It is needless to add, that Mr Dun- the satisfaction of being engaged at sea. ton carried the lady home after supper He arrives in safety at Boston-and to his own house for he had now de- immediately commences a most elaserted the single chamber, and posted borate description of the Rey. Mr In




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crease Mather, and all the other doc always observed that, whenever she spoke tors and divines, who bought any of of her Husband, it was in the most endearhis books from him. He also favours ing manner. Nor could she ever mention us with minute delineations of all the

him, without paying the tribute of a tear Boston booksellers and printers of to his memory. She set such a value on

her relation to her Husband, as to do no. which take this specimen

thing that might seem unworthy of it. His. The next is Mr C-k, a young Beau, torians inform us, that it was the dying that boasts of more villany than ever he charge of Augustus to the Empress Livia, committed. However, as he bought a great Behave thyself well, and many Books, I cannot disown my acquaint ber our marriage.

Madam Brick had ance with him. And I here publish his yet another way of expressing the value matchless impudence, in hopes to shame she had for Mr Brick; and that is, by him into better morals.

the kindness she shewed to the Children

which he left behind him, which were only Finally, he descends to particulars two." As to

As to their education, she took care of his own acquaintances, male and that they might have that learning that was female-on the ladies he enlarges mul proper for them; and above all, that they to con amore dividing them into might be furnished with ingenuous and virthree sections-viz. maids, wives, and tuous principles, founded on the fear of

God. widows, and uttering most oracular

Neither did she suffer her pious bedogmata, touching them in their va

haviour to be cast off with her Widow's reil, rious stations. His chief favourite

but made it the constant dress both of her

widowhood and life ; and, as a consequence among the maids is not named; but

hereof, she became a member of Mr Allen's she is described as being

a thorn

congregation, and lived a life of sincere back”-(a cant Bostonian, for a mai

piety; and yet was so far from sourness den of 30 years,) and her behaviour either in her countenance or conversation, is described so graphically, that her that nothing was ever more sweet or agreeacquaintances could not have been able; making it evident that piety did not much at

loss to find her out. A-

consist in moroseness, nor sincere devotion
mong the wives, Mrs Green is the em in a supercilious carriage.
press of his admiration-she gets up

The less admirable specimens of the every morning at 5 o'clock, to look at three classes are described more brief, ter her damselsmshe dresses the pud- ly, but not less graphically. Such as ding with her own hands-and although

Mrs Toy-"The bashful Siren.”-Mrs she has been married only a few weeks,

Abel, whose Love is a blank, wherea she never exhibits any of “ the usual in she writes the first that offers himsymptoms of over-fondness before com

self.”-and Mrs F-y.
The Widow Brick is the par-

“ Had the Case of a Gentlewoman, but

little else to shew she was a Rational Crea. agon of the 3d class.

ture, besides Speech and Laughter. When But, having given a farewell to Mrs I first saw her, I was not long to guess Green, I shall next present you with the what she was, for Nature had hung out the character of the Widow Brick, the very sign of simplicity in her face. When she flower of Boston. That of a Widow is the came into my Warehouse, I wondered what next state or change that can succeed to Book she intended to buy. At last I perthat of Marriage ; and I have chosen my ceived she intended to buy none, because friend the Widow Brick, as an exemplar, she knew not what to ask for ; yet she took to shew you what a Widow is. The Wic up several, looked in them, and laid them dow Brick is a Gentlewoman whose Head down again. Perceiving her simplicity, I (i. e. her husband) has been cut off, and asked her in joke, whether she would not yet she lives and walks. But do not be buy the History of Tom Thumb ? She told frighted; for she is flesh and blood still, me“ Yes.” Upon which I asked her wheand perhaps some of the finest that you ever ther she would have it in folio, with margi

She has sufficiently evidenced that nal notes ? To which she only said, “ The her Love to her late Husband is as strong best, the best." as Death, because Death has not been able “ The next I shall mention is Mrs Dar, to extinguish it. Her grief for his death who has a bad face, and a worse tongue ; was such as became her, great but mode and has the report of a Witch. Whether rate ; not like a hasty shower, but a still she be one or no, I know not, but she has rain : she knew nothing of those tragical fu- ignorance and malice enough to make her ries wherewith some women seem transport

And indeed she has done very odd ed towards their dead Husbands: those things, but hitherto such as are rather frantic embraces and caresses of a carcass strange than hurtful ; yea, some of them betray a little too much the sensuality of are pretty and pleasing ; but such as I their love ; such' violent passions quickly think cannot be done without the help of spend themselves, and seem rather to vanish the devil as for instance, she will take than consume. But Madam Brick grieved nine sticks, and lay them across, and by more moderately, and more lastingly. I mumbling a few words, make them all



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stand up on end like a pair of nine-pins. another, for there is no end of it. She But she had best have a care, for they that makes more - noise and jangling than the use the devil's help to make sport, maybells do on a Coronation day. It is somequickly come to do mischief. I have been body's happiness that she is yet unmarried, told by some, that she has actually inden for she would make a Husband wish either tured with the Devil ; and that be is to do that she were dumb, or he were deaf. She what she would have him for a time, and used to come to my Warehouse, not to buy afterwards he is to have her soul in ex. books (for she talked so much, she had no change! What pains poor wretches take to time to read), but that others might hear make sure of Hell !

her talk ; so that (I am apt to think) had “ The next is Doll S-1, who used to she but the faculty of talking in her sleep, come often to my Warehouse, and would one might make the Perpetual Motion with plague my man Palmer more than all my her tongue. customers besides. Her life is a perpetual contradiction; and she is made up of “ [

His stay in the city, adorned by will,” and “ I will not." " Palmer, reach these fair creatures, is interrupted now me that book, yet let it alone too ; but let and then by little journeys up the me see it, however, and yet it is no great country; and he gives us very intermatter neither ;” was her constant dialect esting sketches of all that he saw there, in my Warehouse. She is very fantastical; from the Indian chiefs and queens but cannot be called irresolute; for an down to the entertainments given him irresolute person is always beginning, and by the Puritan Divines he visited in she never makes an end ; she writes, and the back settlements

of one of these blots out again, whilst the other delibe- reverend persons, Mr Aminadab Gery, rates what to write. I know two nega- he observes emphatically, “The Christives make an affirmative; but what her ayc and no together makes, I know not; tian is devout--the preacher is primi. nor what to make of it, but that she knows tive he gave us a capital dinner.” not what to make of it herself. Her Head Another “Generous Levite,” is uncle is just like a Squirrel's cage, and her Mind to “ Mrs Comfort, who rode behind the Squirrel that whirls it round. She me this trip-a beautiful piece of lugnever looks towards the end, but only the gage;" and " testifies his joy to see beginning of things ; for she will call in all his niece, by a fat pig and bowl of haste for one, and have nothing to say to him when he is come; and long, nay die,

punch he gave us for supper.” for some toy or trifle; and when she has

After a stay of much greater length got it, grows weary of it presently. None than he had anticipated, John Dunton knows where to have her a moment; and returns to London; and he likens himwhosoever would hit her thoughts, must self to Ulysses for the troubles he had shoot flying.

undergone, although we cannot per“ The next is Mrs H-, who takes as

ceive many traces, except those of good much state upon her as would have served eating and drinking, in his own acsix of Queen Elizabeth's Countesses ; and count of his wanderings. He cannot yet she is no Lady neither, unless it be of think of coming unexpectedly into the pleasure ; yet she looks high, and speaks in a majestic tone, like one acting the presence of his Penelope so he turned Queen's part in a Play. She seldom ap- into the Queen's Head, Spitalfields, pears twice in a shape; but every time she and sent word to her “ there was a goes abroad, puts on a different garb. Had gentleman there who could tell some she been with the Israelites in the Wilder

news of Philaret.” ness, when for forty years their cloaths “ About an hour after, Iris came; and waxed not old, it had been punishment at the first interview we stood speechless, enough for her to have gone so long in and gazing upon each other, whilst Iris shed one fashion. But, should this rustling a flood of tears. At last we got our tongues Madam be stripped of her silken plumes, at liberty ; and then she would make but a very ordinary figure; for, to hide her age, she paints; and to

“ Embrac'd and talk'd, as meeting lovers hide her painting, dares hardly, laugh; Who had the pangs of absence understood.”

would, whence she has two counterfeit vizards to put off every night, her painting and her We left tie Tavern, and went home to modesty. She was a good Customer to me, Dr Annesley's, where I was received with and whilst I took her money, I humoured all the marks of kindness and respect. her pride, and paid her (I blush to say it) At my return, I expected nothing but a a mighty observance. The chief books golden life of it for the future, though all she bought were Plays aud Romances ; my satisfactions were soon withered ; for, which to set off the better, she would ask being so deeply entangled for my Sister-infor books of Gallantry.

law, I was not suffered to step over the The next is Mrs T-, whose tongue threshold in ten months, unless it was once runs round like a wheel, one spoke after under disguise ; and the story is this. My

confinement growing very uneasy to me, és poetry, which, if John's own, entitle him pecially on Lord's-days, I was extremely to a higher degree of praise than he has desirous to hear Dr Annesley preach; and been usually thought to merit. It is obimmediately this contrivance was started in scurely noticed in his “ Life and Errors ;" my head, that dear Iris should dress me in but the Anagram of the Author's name prewoman's cloaths, and I would venture my- fixed to a copy of verses declares him. It self abroad under those circumstances. To has a frontispiece, which is a large folding make short of it, I got myself shaved, and cut, with 24 circles, exhibiting the Author's put on as effeminate a look as my counte. adventures. To this Work was prefixed nance would let me; and being well fitted Panegyrical Verses, “ by the Wits of both out with a large scarf, I set forward ; but Universities," who, however, offer no evi. every step. I took, the fear was upon me that dence of their residence or their quality ; it was made out of form. As for my arms, and may be suspected to be Wits of the I could not tell how to manage them, being University of Grub-street. One of these altogether ignorant to what figure they wretched panegyrics tells us that “the Aushould be reduced. At last I got safe to thor's name, when unanagrammatised, is the Meeting, and sat down in the obscurest hid unto none,” by which John Dunton corner I could find. But, as I was return- would, and would not, conceal himself. ing through Bishopsgate-street, with all the These volumes were published in our Scrib. circumspection and the care imaginable (and bler's thirtieth year, on his return from AI then thought I had done it pretty well), merica ; and are, in fact, a first essay tothere was an unlucky rogue cried out, “ I'll wards that more mature “ Life and Errors" be hang'd if that ben't a man in woman's which he gave the world in 1705. He cloaths." This put me into my preterna seems to have projected a series of what he turals indeed, and I began to scour off as calls “ The Cock-rambles of all my Four fast as my legs would carry me : there were and Twenty Volumes ;” but his Readers, at least twenty or thirty of them that made probably, deserted him at the third. Kainafter me; but, being acquainted with the ophilus, as he calls himself, “ signifies a alleys, I dropped them, and came off with Lover of News, not any thing of Kain, as honour. My Reverend Father-in-law, Dr if I were a-kin to him.” It is a low rhapAnnesley, knew nothing of this religious sody; but it bears a peculiar feature, a cermetamorphosis ; and though I do not think tain whimsical style, which he affects to call he would have suffered it, yet my inclination his own, set off with frequent dashes, and oc. to public worship was justifiable enough.” casionally a banter on false erudition. These Wearied with this confinement, he

cannot be shewn without extracts. I would determines to make a trip to the Con- jured genius of STERNE ; but I am in

not add an idle accusation to the already intinent, and spends, accordingly, seve

clined to think he might have caught up ral months at Amsterdam, Cologne, his project of writing Tristram's life, in Mentz, &c. &c. of all which places, twenty-four Cock-rambling” volumes ; and their inhabitants, (the booksellers have seized on the whim of Dunton's style; at least) he gives accounts in his usual have condescended even to copy out his style. On the day the Prince of breaks and dashes. But Sterne could not Orange came to London, however, we have borrowed wit or genius from so low a find him once more in his native land,

scribbler. The elegant pieces of poetry

were certainly never composed by Dunton, and, re-opening, with new vigour, his

whose mind had no elegance, and whose old shop at the sign of the Black Ra- rhymes are doggrel

. On a rapid inspecven, in the Poultry. Here he publishes tion, I have detected him transcribing from no less than 600 books (such is his Francis Osborn and Cowley, without acsuccess) in a very short space of time; knowledgment; and several excellent pasand out of all that number there are sages, which may be discovered amidst this but seven of which he is inclined to incoherent mass, could not have been writrepent., Among these is the “Voyage ten by one who never attained the slightest round the World, or Pocket Library;'

arts of composition. He affects, however, one volume of which collection is filled in what he calls this hop-stride-and-jump

to consider himself as “ a great Original” with “ The Rare Adventures of Don round the World :” and says, “ So great a Kainophilo,” a production of the pub- glory do I esteem it to be the Author of lisher's own pen, and the first, as it these Works, that I cannot, without great would seem, of the whole mighty fa- injury to myself and justice, endure that mily of his lucubrations. In regard to every one should own them, who have nothis volume Mr Nichols presents us

thing to do with them; like the fellow at with a note by the excellent author of Rome who pretended to Virgil's Verses.the Curiosities of Literature, which But I need take no other way to refute we shall quote.

these plagiaries than Virgil himself did,

requiring the tally to his Vos non Vobis. “ This rhapsody is noticeable for its ex Let any man write on at the rate this is al. treme rarity, and for two elegant pieces of ready written, and I will grant he is the

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