Tuesday, September 16, 1704

Rehearsal Of Observator

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Rehearsal Of Observator (Newspaper) - September 16, 1804, London, Middlesex THE EHEARSAL Of Obfervator, Sec. The ObfervatorV frefent Treatment of the Lord Duke of Marlborough. Of Sir George Rook. And of the Lord High Admiral. The Defign of Deftroyingthe Credit of the London Gazette, and all Papers Publifbdby Authority. From ^aturftdp September the 16th, to �atllttiap September the 23th, 1704. Country-m O Thou Dog in a Doublet! My Oakgn-Towel Itches to be at thee. I fhall not leave a whole Bene in. thy Skin, if thou Acquit not thy felf to my fatisfaction. Obf. Dear Country-man be Patient. Thou Frights me out of my Little Wits. Thou look'ft as Fierce as an Effex-Lion. What is the matter? Country-m. Matter ! Is the Devil in thee ? Thou'It make -us Odious and Detefied to all the Nation. Can'ft thou not Leave off Abuftng the Duke of Marle-Borough in every one of thy Obfervators, fincehis late Glorious Victory ? Have I not told of this over and over ? And all cannot Cure thy Rancor. Obf. Why ! Haft not thou Rancor as well as me ? Country ^m. RANCOR ! Icou'd Eat him without Salt. And fo wou'd fre All. But I am not fuch an Errant Dunce, a Booby, a Bays, to Spoil all my own Plots, and let every Body know what we mean. In thine of laft Aug. 23. Vol. 3 .N.44. Thou mad'ft both him and his Dutchefs to be Jacobites, that is, That we thought them fo. Which(fays thou) Leffen'd them Both in theEfteem of many Horn ft People. Meaning our felves. And giv'ft this as an Excufe for all the Vile things thou had'ft faid of them Both before. An Excufe Quotha ! Was this an Excufe ? Why, it was ten times Worje than All thou had'ft fpew'd out againft them before. The Devil has fcoopd out thy Brains^ and -* in thy Skull. Ob]. I did it, That others might think themTo. And was not that the Effectual way to Ruin them ? For yon know, that to be Sufpected and Guilty is much the fame thing with Mobb. And REPUTATION BUtfied, is not fo Eafily Sodder'd again. And it might ferve Us another Day, That it had been once [aid, and in Print too. Befides, do but obferve my Cunning ! I put the Proof upon the Jacobites, and fay, That They faid fo. And therefore, That WE did Believe it. Country-m. Thy Cunning ! It was Perlous Indeed ! Shou'd We Beleeve it, becaufe the Jacobites faid fo ? If they had Thought fo, they wou'd not have Told thee. But did'ft thou ever heard any of them fay fo ? Doll thou Converfe with them ? Obf. No. Hang them! They won't Converfe with Me. But 1 have Ihee for my Evidence, 1 will fay, That Thou haft Heard them fay fo. Country-m. Then thou'lt tell a Damn'd Lye. For I never Heard one of them fay fo in my life, or any thing like it Obf. What fignifies that ? Can'ft thou not fay that thou Did'ft Hear them fay fo ? How woud'it thou Venture thy Neckjor the Caufe, when thou <3r\tdg-eft the Labour of Speaking three Words ? Country-m. I find our Caufe Cannot be ferv'd, while we have one Grain of Confcience ox Common Honefly left behind. But we (bou'd have a little Policy, not to let our Knavery Appear Bare-facd to all the World. That it is which has Fnragd me, to fee Thee and the Reft of our Godly, fhew their Re/entmems when they fiiou'd have Conceal dthem* What needed thac over-Ten- dernejs of Confcience, or over running of the Spleens That in our publick Halls (as I told thee in my Laft) upon the Day of Thanks-Giving for the Victory of the Duty of Maryborough, We fhou'd rather Drop the gueeris Health (which is a part of the Solemnity at fuch Times) then be oblig'd to Drink that of the Duke of Marleborough, which muft have follow'd, and Sir George Rook^too, with wiihing farther Succeft to their Armsy &c. Obf They did not well. What / Do'ft think we have no Confcience, to offer even a Wet-Prayer for what we Abhor, and Dread above all things in the World ? Succefs to Them is Ruin to our Caufe. And che Spirits of our Friends are to be kept up, by as Publick Notices as we can Give them, not to Run in to the Rejoicings for Church-Victories. Therefore it was, That many oiVS had no Lights in their Windows chat Night. Nor lince, upon the Victory of Sir George Rook, at Sea, And while their Succeffes were Sounded from the; Tower by their Cannon, and from all the Beds in the Town, We fat Sullen and Dumpifh to let the Sober Party Know, That, thefe were no Victories for VS \ And to Call them to Groaning and Grunting in the Inward, That the Church M\-niftry, under an Epifcopal JgVEEN, was like to Carry all before them. Purfuant to this, We take all Occaflons to fhew Dis-refpect to the Duke of Marleborough, and to Leffen 1 he Fame of his Victories. Ccuntry-m. How can you do that ? What a Pox, you cannot Deny the Victories. Obf No. But we can Transfer them in great Part to Others. And you know That takes fo much from Him. Didn'ft thou take notice what I faid in my Obfervator of laft Saturday, Sept. 16. when I told thee, That we muft not heartyn. to the Acclamations of a Party; That when brave actions are Magnify d to fuch a Degree, they are Leffen d in the Eyes of Understanding Men- lfs a jirange Cafe, that where fo many Brave Men were Engaged, that the whole Succefs jhou'd be Attributed to one- Perfon. Thofe that know the Accounts of that Fight, otherwife than by the Publick Prints, will tell you, That prince EUGEME had a good (hare of the Honour of the Victory. Country-m. Anddo'ft thou think this will bring thee off/ Here thou mak'ft a full Difcovery. That we are not the Party which Magnify the Duty of Maryborough, but endeavour to Leffen him. In the next place, thou giv'ft to Underftand, as if We had fome fecret Accounts of that Fight, lefs to the Duty's Honour, than what is gtven'in the Publick Accounts. And we know how far that Innuendo will go. Obf. How far? Country.m. Thon haft explaincd it, Mafter, in thy Laft Obfervator of Sept. 20th to help thofe who may be fo Dull as not to Apprehend it. Where thou put'ft the Cafe thus, Am I bound to Believe all the News that is Publijh'd by Authority ? And Refolv'ft it, in -the Pretty Story thou tell'ft of Sir William Turner, That we ate not to Believe the King's Gazette, tho', as thou fay'ft (imply. It is Read feveral times in Council before it is Printed, And thou giv'ft

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