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London Tatler (Newspaper) - October 27, 1709, London, Middlesex T A By Ifaac 'Bicfyrftaf Efq- From Thurfday O&okr 2p to Satnrdy OUokr 29. 170$. Will's Cofee-Jxufe, Ottober 28. THERE is nothing which I contemplate with greater PJealure than the Dignity of human Nature, which often mows it felf in all Conditions of Life: for notwithftandihg the Degeneracy and Meanncfs that is crept into it, there are a Thouland Occafions in which it breaks through its Original Corruption, and Lhbws what it once was, and what it will be hereafter. I confider the Soul of Man, as the Ruin of a glorious Pile of Building; where, amidft great Heaps of Rubbifh, you meet with noble Fragments of Sculpture, broken Pillars and Obelisks, and a Magnificence in Confuiipn. Virtue and Wifdom are continually employ in clearing the Ruins, removing thefe diforderly Heaps, recovering the noble Pieces that lie buried under them, and adjuring 'em as well as poffible according to their ancient Symmetry and Beauty. A happy Education, Converfation with the fined Spirits, looking abroad into the Works of Nature, and Obfervations upon Mankind, are the great Afliftances to this ne-cefTary and glorious Work. But even among thofe who have never had the Happinefs of any of thele Advantages, there are fonietimes fuch Exertions of the Greatnefs that is natural to the Mind of Man, as (how Capacities and Abilities, which only want thefe accidental Helps to fetch em out, and lhovv 'em in a proper Light. A Plebeian Soul is HiII the Ruin of this glorious Edifice, though encum-ber'd with all its Rubbifh. This Reflection role in me from a Letter which my Servant drop'd as he was drefTing me, and which he told me was communicated to him as he is an Acquaintance of fome of die Perfbns mentioned in.it. The Epifile is from one Serjeant Hall of the Foot-Guards. It is directed, To Serjeant Cabe, in the Coldftream Regiment oj Foot Guards, at the Red-Lettice in the Butcher-Row near Temple-Bar. I was lb pleas d with feveral Touches in it* that I could not forbear (hewing it to a Cluftef of Cri-ticks, who, inftead of confidering it in the Light I have done, examin'd it by the Rules of Epiflolary Writing : For as thefe Gentlemen are ieldom Men of any' great Genius, they work altogether by Mechanical Rules, and are able to dilcover no Beauties that are not pointed out by Bouhoxrs and Rapin. The Letter is as follows .- Comrade, From the Camp before Mons, Sept. 26. 6 J Receiv'd Yours, and am glad your felf and your Wife arc in good Health, with ail the ' reft of my Friends. Our Battalion fufrer'd more ' than I could wi(h in the Action ; But who can ' withftand Fate ? Poor Richard Stephen/on. fed his i Fate with, a great many more : He was kill'd dead 4 before we entejfd the Trenches. We had above s i i I i c i s i i i I i i i i c i i & i 200 of our. Battalion kili'd and wounded: We loft, jo Serjeants ; 6 are as followeth; Jeoingsl, Cajlles, Roach, Sherring, Meyrkk, and my Son Smith. The refi are not your Acquaintance. I have receiv'd a very bad Shot in my Head^my feify but am jn Hopes, and jpleafe God, I (hali recover. = I continue in. the.. Field, and lie at my Colonel's Qtiar-r ters. Arthur is very well y but I can give you no Account of Elms; he was in. Hofpital befbre I came into the Field. I will not pretend to give you an Account of the Battle, knowing you have a better in the Prints^ Pray give my Service' to Mis. Cook and her Daughter, to Mr. Stojfct and his Wife, and to Mr. Lyver, an&Thowas Hogsdmi, and to Mr. Ragdsll, and to all my Friends and Acquaintance in general who do ask after me r My Love to Mrs. Stephen/on. I am forry for the fending fuch ill News. Her Husband was gathering a little Money together to fend to his Wife, and put it into my Hands. I have Seven Shillings and Three Pence, which I (hall take Care to lend her ; wifhihg your Wife a fafe De- livery, and both bf you all Happinefs. Reft/ Tour ajjkr'd Friend, And Comrade, John Hall'. '�We had but an indifferent Breakfaft, but the Mounfeers never had fuch a Dinner in all their Lives. ' My kind Love to my - Comrade Hinton, and Mrs. Morgan, and to John Brown and his Wife. I fent Two Shillings,/md Stephenfon.Sixpence, to drink with you a: Mr. Cook's; but I .have heard nothing from him. it was by Mr. Edgar. 4 Corporal Hartvdi defrcs to be remembred to you, and defires.. you to enquire of Edgar, what is become of his XVikPcgg.; and when you write, to fend Word in your Letter what Trade lhe drives. . _ , ' We have here very bad. Weather, which I doubt will be a Hindrance to the Siege; but I am in Hopes we (hall be Maftejs of the Town in.a little Time, and then I believe we (hall go to Garifon. 1 faw the Crkicks prepar'd to nibble at my letter; thererbre examind it my ielfi partly in, their Way, and partly my own. This is ( faid I) truly a Letter, and an hoaeft Representation of that cheafful Heart which accompanies the poor Soldier in his Warfare. Is not there in this all the Topick of fubmitting to our Detfiny a� well difcufs'd, as if a greater Man had been placed, like Brums, in his Tent at Midnight* reflecting on ai,i the
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