Universal Spectator And Weekly Journal, March 4, 1732

Universal Spectator And Weekly Journal

March 04, 1732

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Universal Spectator and Weekly Journal (Newspaper) - March 4, 1732, London, Middlesex The UNI fER SAL SPECTATOR, WEEKLY JOURNAL. By J^etltp 5>t0ttCCa(lle of Northumberland, Efq; SATURDAY, March 4, 1732. Jn /W/a dm fluvii current, dum Montibus Umbra Lufrabunt convtxa, Poitts dum fid era pafcet : Stmper hems mmenq; turn, laudefa manebunt. Virg. Wrm my Btofc t� **� M*�*ries. RATITUDE is one of the greateft Beauties of the Mind ; what every one arrogates to hinrfeif, *nd would think an Injury to have difputed 5 yet, how few are there who jullly deferve the Character of Grateful ; and who wou'd on the Regifter of iheir Conference, being impartially examin'd into, not blufh at the affuming to themfelvcs a Virtue as rare a* valuable ! 'Tis a common Saying, 0o Ninety and nine good Turns, if not the hun-dreth, the Reft are effaced. All old Sayings are founded on Experience, from the common PraQice of the Many; and by this 'tis evident, and I believe it ha* been proved by much the greater Number, that we think even a Difcontinuance of Favour fufitcient to acquit us of all former Obligations: We'feem to believe, that if any one exerts himfelf in our Service, he is enlifledfor Life, on the Penalty f forfeiting alt Returns from us, if he fhou'd not continue, to the uimoft of his Power, to pufli, what we may think our Intereft, however unjuft or un-teafbrratbre, or however contrary to that of the Per-fon from whom we expect the Favour. Gratitude, like FffdWfhip, *i much t^M-cf, but feldom met with. There are, no doubt, grateful Spirits, and re*l Friends 5 but -- how ,few ! Example, they fey, is more prevent than Argument 5 and there-fere, fnflead of fhewing the Beauties of a grateful Temper, which however it may enamour the Reader for the prefent, may make but a light Impreflion : I will- give an Example in the Pcrfon cf Antonio, an Englijh Gentleman, whofe Behaviour contradicts the common Proverb, and thews', that a grateful Man will not fuffer Injuries to efface Benefits. This Gentleman, in his Travels, was in Italy fet upon by the iinndiltt ; he and his Servants made s gallant Pf fence, Antonio was much wounded, fome of his Retinue kill'd, and he mull have fallen, by a Superiority cf Number, if Providence had not lent to his Afllflance Polydore, an Evg'ijk Nobleman, Mb upon his Travels. By his timely aid Antonio as refcued, and the Banditti put to flight, though Foiydore loft his left Eye in the Skirmifh. This .generous Aftion created a Ariel Friendfhip, and Antonio thought he could never m.ike amends to his Preferver, who had fnatch'd him from the Jaws of Death, and paid fo dear a Rar.fom for his Life. He fludifd all Ways tr exprefs his Gratitude, and neglected no Opportunity to convince Polydore, that he had faved the Life of a Man who wou'd fpend it in his Service. They finifh'd their Travels, and re-turn'd together to England. Polydore's Father had, by his Extravagance, left his Eftate clogg'd with heavy Mortgages : Ar.tonio's on the Contrary had left him, befide a very plentiful landed Intereft, a vaft Sum of ready Money. When the Latter was in-form'd of the true State of his Friend's Affairs, as he found himfelf corrfumptive, and refolv'd never to many, he bought in" thefe Mortgages, and carrying the Deeds to Polydore,- told him that jo,ooO L which thofe Parchments coft him he might efleem ts an Earneft only of his Gratitude ; that he fliou'd never think he cou'd Recompence the Lofs he had fuffered on his Account, but would make all the Reparation he was able, by leaving him his Eftate Some Time after this, Palydore was at Antonio's Seat in the Country wliere he was Mafler, but he made a very ill Return to the Bofpitality he found ; for having an Opportunity, he bafely attempted, and [.proved too hard for the Virtue of a young Lady, a Relation of Antonio's, who'ilad the Care of his Family. Antonio refented the Barbarity of the AQion, and wou'd never after fee him ; the Breach between them was fo wide, that every one imagin'd Antonio wou'd punifh his Crime by cutting him off from his Eftate ; and Folydore himfelf had no farther Thoughts of heirtng an Eftate, to which, in the Opinion of the World, he had forfeited all Manner ot Pretenfions. Antonio liv'd fix Years after this, when he dyM, and his Will was open'd (which he had made but a few Days before his Death) to the Surprize of every one, he had declar'd Folydore Hrir to his Eftates real and perfonal, charg'd only with loo/, a Year for the Subfiftence of the deluded Lady. The Reafen for this his Procedure was (in his own Words) Though Polydore has moji fenfibly injured me, yet that wou'd not fcreen me from the Imputation of Ingratitude ; I ow'd him my Life, and I think he dejerves my Fortune in Return ; his Crime I have already punifh d by withdrawing my EJieem and Friendjhip. To Henry Stonecastle, Efq; SIR, PUnning is reckon'd a low Sort of Wit, and a Punfter is now the Subject of Ridicule 5 though in the Isft Century, the Man who cou'd not Pun was as little eftcem'd among Men of Tafte, as a Merchant in thefe our Days is refpecled who cannot pay his Bills. I am fo old fafhion'd in my Tafle as to be fend of Puns and Punfters ; and in my Opinion, a good Punfter fhews a quick, a ready, and a flrong Wit ; you never faw (if you will rcflecl) a heavy Fellow make a good Pun. A Punfler mull be a Man who has a Magazine of Words and Etymologies which prefent thernfelves, and are ready at hand upon all Occalions. Mr. Lock, without defigning it, has given the Defcription of a Punfter in his Definition of Wit. I won't take upon me to fay what has (in a Manner) abolifh'd Punning, but I am very certain, that the Difcouragement it has met with in our Age, fhews that we are much flower in our Conceptions than our Forefathers. My love of Puns is what makes me a great Admirer of our old Plays ; not to mention Shake[par, the Englijh Prince of Dramatick Poets, who is full of Puns and Jingles, we find a vaft Variety in inferior Writers. Give me Leave to quote you one, and ask if (with all your Gravity) you can forbear fmiling. In Cupid's Whirligigg, a Comedy, Printed in 1616, A Ser vant fpeaking of a poor Gentleman, fays, His Boots are on their Death-bed, for the Soles are parting. 'Tis true, a Pun written lofes a vaft deal of the Beauty it has when fpoke by an arch Wag, whofe Looks betray the Fondnefs of his Conception, and previoufly lay Claim to.our Complaifance and Approbation. The other Day I faw a full Board join in Concert in a Horfe-laugh at a Pun of Tom Jingle's. A Gentleman making mention of a Courtier who had fet his Name to feveral printed Pieces, one of the Company faid he was a Plagiary : No, laid my Friend Tom, that's a Contradiction in Terms, for a Courtier fcorns to get out of any. Man's Books. You muft know, Sir, I am of a CJub of Punfters, and we, one and all fhouJd be proud to fee you among us ; I am fatisfy'd you wou'd now and then pafs the Evening agreeably. I have been very much 911 my Guard in writing this, as I don't know whether yon will condemn or approve my Tafte; if you fhou'd fide with the Punfterians, and allow only that we have fome Wit, my next mall difplay my Talent. T wa* here going to conclude, but Ned Doubts coming inT" threw his Croak on a Chair, and fata, there and take a Nap \ to which my Scrvs**. anfwrr'd, 'twas Time, for he did not think ft had had one thefe (even Years. Indeed 'twas Thread-bare, and I fear'd Ned wou'd .have been angry with-the Feir low s but on the contrary he -gave htm .She pincp for his Wit, which he was fo pleas'd witfb, that he repeated it to another of our Club, who acc^-. dentally came in, and added, The Cloak ii indeed old and Thread-bare $ True, fays the Gentleman, if is. jq old ''twill hardly tare a Thread ; That, cries- Ned/, xs becaufi 'tis ripped, but a Friend fliou'd. not rip up ol4 Sores ; True, reply'd the oiher, but I coud not help /f, for your Cloak is like a racking Landlord ; Honm do yiu make that out, fays Friend Ned ? It incretfet the Rents, anfwer'd the other: I have not the famf wa-; of paying my Taylor you have, by trucking one Suit for another, if I had, you wou'd n&t have had a Thread-bare Cloak for your Pun ; What mean you ? Why he never brings you home a Suit but he's fure of a Suit for his Money ; there you are in an Error, No, Errors are not 'till after Judgment. But I fear growing tireforae, though your Lucubration* fpeafc vou a M*n of good Nature : I fhall only beg two Favours, the firft, if you write your Opinion on our Strain of Wit, that you will remember what Dryden Paid, That he mever knew the wifeft Man, who had a fair open far a good Pun, hfe the Opportunity. The fecond, That you will read ray Coufm Punjibibefoxc you determine for or againii us. / am, dear Sir, Your mqfi humble and Obedient Servant, Joseph Punsibi. On an Old Coquette. CLORINDA does at Fifty-fix To youthful Charms lay Claim, Saunters and Lifps, plays Monkey Tricks, At ev'ry Heart take Aim. II. Aukwardly Gay the Coquette apes, And rowls her dying Eyes, Aifumes variety of Shapes, Yet makes, alafs! no Prize, III. Twelve different Airs one Hour will {hew, Our ftubborn Hearts t'engage j But all thefe Arts will never do To blind us to her Age. IV. Fain (he'd avoid the heavy Curfe LaW on the ancient Belle, But as flie has no heavy Purfe, She. njujV lead Agi in Hell � - . �  r � ;