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London Tatler (Newspaper) - August 16, 1709, London, Middlesex ATL By Quicquid aguni Homines Farrago From 16. to 18. 1709. White's THERE is a young Foreigner committed to my who puzzles me extremely in the he asks the of Figure we meet in Publick He has but very little of our and therefore I am mightily at a Lofs to to him for which they have no Word in that Tongue to which he was It has been often my upon his Who luch a fine Gentleman is That he is what we call a and he wants my I thought it would be very to tell he is the lame the French call Coquin the or the For as is the molt powerful of all and that the Order of Mcq we call Sharpers are not only with but I thought it unjuSt to uie like Perlons upon no Betides it would be an unpardonable to our to let him leave us with an our Nobility and Gentry kept Company with common Thiefs and Cheats I told they were a Sort of tame that were allow d in our like the wild ones in Dur who had all the Privileges belonging to but at the lame Time were not to our or who is a Gentleman of too much Virtue for the Age he lives would not let this Matter be thus but told my That he was to that and were laid afide us by the of thele civil oho had got lo much that the Breeding and of the Age their Way to the Ruin of Order and in all Places v. here they are But who never rails into Heat upon any but applies and with which the Thing Debate is to be told the Gentleman had but what was literally true but fell upon it with too much tc give a true Idea of that Sort of People he was declaiming or to remedy the Evil which he For the Acceptance of thele Men being an 111 which had crept into the Cc our and not into our Constitution it it mult be corrected where it and is to be amended only by bringing Raillery and upon the Perlons who are or For the Sharpers at are not as under the Acceptation of 3Ut are by erected into a real and Body of and have us to lo very particulars Deference to that tho' they are to be Men without Honour or 10 Demand is a Debt of Honour io as You may loie your Honour to but they Jay none you As the in Roman Countries can what they for the but they can alienate nothing from it. It is from this that Sharpers are to be found among all Sorts of and and every Talent Men is made Uie of by fome one or other of the Society for the Good of their Common Caufe s So that an unexperienced young Gentleman is as often by his Understanding as his Folly For who could be to hear the eloquent Dromio explain the talk in the Key of with the Severity of one of the ancient and debate the Question of State in a common Chocolate or I hear this generous without being at his noble and becoming his if he might be Gravity would be no lets inviting to a Beginner in and the Snare of his Eloquence would equally catch one who had never on old Gentleman io very and yet io little Many other Instances of extraordinary Men among the Brotherhood might be but every Man who knows the can with iuch Examples without their being fafer is skilful at finding out the ridiculous Side of a and placing it in a new proper he very thought fit to enter into this Subjects He has lately loft certain loole which halt the Income of his will bring in within Seven Be fides he to marry to let all He was therefore indolent enough to of this Matter with great When I look round laid this and confider in a Ballance us Elder whole Support our dull Fathers contrived to depend upon certain with the whole left them the wide I cannot but admire their and contemn my Is not Jack Heyday much to be to the Knight he has Jack has his his and his Followers The Knight lo far from a that he is one of However he is you a His Habit the And Since he mult he would not be reduced but is to his upper But tho' I have great Temptation to I will not at this Time give die History of the but Speak the of my Since the Lofs of my upon the gaining This ill Fortune makes molt Men contemplative and given to Reading at lea St it has io to me and the Rile and Fall of the Family of Sharpers m all Ages has been my 1 hnd all Times have had of this People in his excellent calls 'em who were a Body who kept among and had to lole therefore never cither Greek or when they fell in their W upon a But
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