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prowled about continually for prey. possessed in a greater portion those To the latter, inaction was impossi- qualities which give a title to intellecble; to the former, voluntary exer- tual supremacy. The fame of Johntion was unknown. Solidity and con- son will hereafter principally rest on dension were the qualities of the one; his productions, as a moralist and 2 continued vigour and pliability the critic; while that of Warburton, characteristics of the other. The one when again revived, will as certainly as a machine, was more clumsy in its be raised on the foundation of his c movements; the other, more light and theological writings. unincumbered, but less effectual in be thought of the truth of some of its operation ; the forces of the one his theories, or the unseemliness of were more scattered, the resources of some of his attacks, it is impossible to the other less alert. In Warburton, deny that his Alliance and Divine Lethere was a boundless fertility of vi- gation are the most splendid, the most gour, which ripened up into all the original, the most ingenious defences rankness of rich luxuriance. In John- of our ecclesiastical establishment, and son, the harvest of intellect was not of revelation itself, that ever man conso spontaneous, nor perhaps its fertili- structed. On these, as on the sure ty so great; but when once raised, it and unchangeable evidences of his never
required the hand of the weeder, powers, his admirers may depend for but rose unmixed with tares. The his reception with posterity; with genius of one, like a cascade, threw up whom, when the name of Johnson, its water in the air, which glistened rich in the accumulated tributes, of in the sun, and shone with the varie time, shall hereafter be accounted the ty of ten thousand hues and colour- mightiest amongst those who have ings; while the talents of the other given ardour to virtue, and confidence never exerted themselves, without to truth ;" then, shall the name of joining at the same time utility with Warburton, also, purified from the splendour. The one, like the Gladiu- stains which have obscured and sullied tor of Lysippus, had every nerve in its lustre, be numbered amongst the motion, and every muscle flexible brightest lights of the Protestant church with elasticity; while, in the other, amongst the greatest of those who like the colossal statues of Michael
rned it by their genius, or exAngelo, all was undivided energy and alted it by their learning, a worthy bursting strength.
accession to the mighty fellowship and Such were the characters of these communion of Episcopius, Chillinggreat men, of whom it is difficult to worth, and Hooker. decide which was the greater, or which
TO CHRISTOPHER NORTH, ESQ.
Leighton Buzzard, 1st Nov. 1820. DEAR SIR, My performance of posthumous justice to QZX., my late deceased and much deplored friend, has been somewhat interrupted by a short absence from the peaceful privacy I enjoy at Leighton Buzzard. Your ready compliance, however, with my desire, that these biographical jewels should not lie locked up in a bibliothecary cabinet, has made me feel that I am enabled to be a faithful executor to QZX.'s fame. By being evulgated in your Magazine, these are no longer folia Sybillina ; they shall not float about unfixed, at the mercy, not only of air, but of fire and steel. Had they not found such a receptacle, they might perhaps (when my enraptured eye shall no more pore upon them, and my protecting hand shall fail to guard them) have experienced the fate of ma. ny of their ill-starred predecessors. The erudite labours of him who was die midium mei might, had they remained embodied in one frail MS. copy, have, some years hence, really felt those shears which had begun their preparatory flourish, when the original Magna Charta was but just rescued from being shivered into tailors' measures; or they might have perished as fellow-sufferers
at the faggot with the old plays of the Herald Warburton, and have provoked
as many imprecations as they have done upon the incalculably expensive frugality of some notable house-maid, who might reason as Warburton's servant
did--that to devote to the kindling of a fire old and scribbled paper, is far better than so to employ that which is still clean and stout. And although those MSS., whose contents you shall have made public, will become thereby, as the great Dr Bentley said, nothing more than sucked oranges, yet am I even more than well-content, since (to continue the metaphor) your confectionary still
has elaborated their juice into a rich candied extract, and expanded its flavour so widely, that all the world may now have a taste of it. Thus then the stamp of perpetuity is put upon QZX.'s work; for the multiplicity of your impressions (only think what a proud statement you made in October of your well-deserved popularity at home and abroad !) raises it beyond the reach of casualty.
I am much grieved, however, to hear that the document, which purports to have come from Mr Kirby, is apocryphal—and I fear some slur is thrown upon me, as if I were capable of knowingly sending you supposititious matter. Can it be necessary to assure you, that it came into my hands exactly as all the rest did ? It was delivered to you in equal good faith with all the rest. There is no one of the MSS. which I inherit bearing a fairer or honester look about it. It must be apocryphal, I grant; but as I am incapable of bearing a share in imposing literary forgeries upon the world, so neither will I allow the character of QZX. to be impeached on this head. He is clear of attempting to delude any one. And the only way of accounting for it (if it be an imposition) is, that, in the eagerness of my friend to obtain intelligence, he laid himself open to the despicable waggery of some witling. For I need not inform you, nor bid you therefore beware, that there are certain persons who are much given to that vain and foolish figure of rhetoric called ironia ; they use it not ona ly in conversation, but also in their writings, and pretend in this way to correct those whom they accuse of dullness and pedantry, --so attacking, in a most unwarrantable way, the staid and operose pioneers of literature. Sometimes these banterers wage their fickle war against the practisers and abettors of cockney affectation, pertness, and vulgarity-against the compilers of catch-penny publications against ignorant meddlers in politics, and various others, whom they tax with folly or presumption; and although there may be just reason for censuring many of these persons, yet, Mr Christopher, I wholly disapprove of this way of amending them. Since, in the first place, I always believe what I read exactly as the plain words appear on the paper. I should as soon take myself or you for an imaginary character, as suppose that apparent praise was meant for reproof; or that what bears the open signature of some well-known writer was merely a squib wearing his mask to make him ridiculous. I am a straight forward matter-of-fact person, and this bye-play confounds me. I am led into a snare by it. And, secondly, this practice tends to most material errors; for, to take an example, as QZX.'s collections may possibly be digested into real history, a false document thus creeping in may usurp the place of truth,-and a fictitious fact may be palmed upon the world, and become the parent of innumerable erroneous inferences. “Since, then, Mr Kirby has declared that he is not the author of the letter in question, (though I would that he had made an affidavit of it,) it shall be branded with the mark of apocryphal ; and if he has a copy of the authentic letter which he probably sent Qzx., and will transmit it to you, I make no doubt you will insert it in some supplementary manner, that the integrity of Mrs Clinker's biography may be unimpaired.
Really this business has made me so suspicious, that I am half inclined to doubt the genuineness of every letter from a fresh correspondent. Since your 120 No. came out, I have received a pressing request that I will publish no more lives in Mr Blackwood's Magazine; and the writer offers to bring them put in a separate publication. He says they shall appear periodically with
other flourishing works which he publishes, namely, his Journal of Voyages "and Travels, and his Journal of Novels; and he thinks they would tell well under the title of the Journal of Lives, or Monthly Biographer. He is please ed to abuse your Magazina, and say, " It is a wonder
that the possessor of such curiosities could think of producing them in a venal, servile, corrupt vehicle of the canting crew who preach legitimacy, and who have basely shut up that frank, noble-minded, liberal, unprejudiced, but, alas ! now deeply-injured man; who was just on the point of becoming the regenerator of Europe.” He signs himself R. Phillips. Now, can this letter have come from the sapient knight of Blackfriars, whose primitive diet has acquired for him the honour of being called Sir Pythagoras ? or is it a forgery in that great man's name? I profess myself inclined to believe that it is an imposition ; for it can hardly be presumed, that a man, who, like Sir Richard, busies himself in refuting Sir Isaac Newton, should condescend to such unphilosophical matters, and such radical slang;
But whether it be a falsity or not, I reply not to the writer. It shall still be your part, Mr Christopher, to place the garland of literary renown on QZX.'s bust. No other shall interfere in this matter, since you did it at my first request so readily and so gracefully. This present fusciculus will be, I hope, as much approved as the former-I
DIR RICHARD GOSSIP, VULGARLY CALLED DICKY GOSSIP. Synop3s. Richard, illegitimate son of Margaret Gossip, chambermaid at the Saluta. tion Tavern, born 1st April, 1735, his putative father was Jasper Quidnunc-ran on errands till ten years old-employed in a barber's shop in Seven Dials in 1759, sets up trade as barber in the Barbican-marries Prudence Higgins, by whom he had one daughter, Tabitha, who survived him- finds the access to news in London the cause of his neglecting his business-removes in 1791 to the village of Jadsby, where he officiated not only as shaver, but also as apothecary, carpenter, and dentist-died in 1801, aged 66.
DOCUMENTS. TYP. My grandmother,” by Prince Hoare, Esq. London. 8vo. 1806.-Works of the City Poet, 2 vols. 1778.-MS. Journal of Philip Vapour, Esq.An original autographic Bill and Note.-Letter from John Oldbuck, Esq. Register of birth, marriage, and burial. (penes me Q.Z.X.)
[My friend begins with all Mr Gossip's speeches, and with the famous song, whose chorus ends with “ Dicky Gossip is the man,” from “My Grandmother," which is in the shape of a farce; although it cannot be doubted, that the real Dicky Gossip was the basis of the character there introduced. Unless, however, Mr P. Hoare can assure us of the authenticity of the words, (and possibly some Boswell or Spence noted them down,) I shall be content to refer your readers to the printed work. The marrow of them is found in the synopsis. ]
Odes by Q. IIoratius Flaccus, and the City Poet of 1788.
To Dicky Gossip.
his wiggery. Vides, ut alta stet nive candidum
Do you see that stately caxon, Soracte, nec jam sustineant onus
Which looks with all its whiteness,
Like a bush o'erlaid with snow;
And the curls, which range below,
Stand stiff in frosty brightness. Dissolve frigus, ligna super foco
Come, melt some sweet pomatumLarge reponens ; atque benignius
And, for powder do not stint us; Deprome quadrimum Sabina,
Draw your irons from the stove ; 0 Thaliarche, merum diota.
And, Dicky, quickly move,
To make my old wig as portentous, Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quærere ; et
Don't ask of to-morrow's matters, Quem sors dierum cunque dabit, lucro Since them, nor you, nor I, know; Appone; nec dulces amores
Mind your shop, my boy, nor spurn Sperne puer, neque tu choreas.
From customers, to earn,
For scraping their muzzles, their rhino. Donec virenti canities abest
Show yourself a wise wig-maker, Morosa. Nunc et campus, et areæ
For sure you've enough to handle,
As long as folks don't wear
Their own untrimmed grey hair,
Nunc et latentis proditor intimo
Yet ah, those ears so itching!
My muse can not restrain 'em;
Should a laugh come from the street,
Comb and razor you would quit,
I grieve to say, that I cannot find out who the city poet of London was in 1788. In former times, John Taylor, Elkaneh Settle, and Thomas Shadwell, acquitted themselves finely in that office. Nor can I learn that the place is filled up at present ; the persons who occasionally come forward being volun. tary, and not official performers. It is due to the young gentleman mentioned in No I. to say, that the discovery of the resemblance between the English and Latin ode is his; they are now printed, therefore, in juxta-position, for the benefit of the curious, as indeed it is surprising, that two poets of such differages should have hit on ideas so much alike.
An Extract from the Private Journal of the late Philip Vapour, Esq. Tuesday-Low-spirited, cursed low upon every topic, and equally perti--but not determined whether to nent upon all, or rather impertinent. shoot myself, drown, or go to Sir Monday-Florella's trick has made Matthew's. A fool of a fellow, who me a happy fellow; but who should calls himself Dicky Gossip, came to the carpenter be that fitted up shave me-never heard such a prater sliding pannel, which enabled her to in my life ; his tongue ran at such a appear as the picture of her grandrate, that I could get nothing from mother, but my redoubted barber and him but tattle. Souffrance did no- apothecary Dicky Gossip! He has a thing but ejaculate Quel babillard! fourth occupation; I wonder I did He put me in a passion, and I forgot not want him in that department, as my blue devils.
they say tooth-ache is symptomatic of Thursday-To my infinite surprise, being in love--for the chattering rasI found that my loquacious barber is cal is a dentist also. Well may
he the very person acting as my apothe- sing, as Souffrance tells me he does-cary. The fellow, however, is amus
For this trade or that, ing; and his boasts of being as much
They all come as pat as they can ; au fait in medicine as in shaving, are
For shaving and tooth-drawing, laughable enough, particularly as his
Bleeding, cabbaging, or sawing, gabble is unfailing, continuous, fluent Dicky Gossip, Dicky Gossip, is the man.
WORSHIPFULL SIR, I shou’dn't have sent your worship’s bill, only as you desired me, I thought your worship wou'd like to know, as how Captain Pursy, of the Train-bands, fell down in a fit just now, at Mr Mudge's door--I can step. up with the particklars in a minute, if your worship pleases. Also, Mrs Morrison's marriage with Mr Cruickshank's is broke off-some say that he trod upon her cat's tail, and others, that she has found out that he has another wife alive. If I can know for a sartainty, I will be with your worship in a minute. Your worship’s old wigg is in pipes, and will be baked to-morrow. The day after next the address is to be carried up to the King, by the Common Council. I hope your worship will go-nobody's head shall be better or more handsomely dressed—and I am your worship’s poor servant, to commond,
R. D. GOSSIP.
Letter from J. Oldbuck, Esq. to QZX.
Monkbarns, 7th July, 1806.
Sır,--I have applied to my barber, if he pleased, put his dinner into his Jacob Caxon, according to your re- mouth. This noticeable fact “ lies quest, about the master of whom he like a substance” upon Jacob's miad learnt his notable art of torturing dead --and on jogging his memory three hair, and scraping chins, and bald times—three times have we stumbled pates. Not being acquainted with upon it, and upon nothing else. And you, I do not venture to guess whe- now, if this is of use to you, learned ther the information, which I have sir, you are heartily welcome to it. drained from his paucity of brains, Your apologies, for intruding inquiwill be looked upon as important- ries upon a stranger, are unnecessary. suum cuique. Caxon's mind has bare. The importance of what I can comly room for the entertainment of ideas municate, proves the propriety of your arising from things present with him, having made researches in this quarand none hardly for those that are ter. Doubtless, you cannot always past. All he recollects is, that Dicky get such an equivalent as the present, Gossip, who was his Magnus Apollo for your outlay in postage. in the Barbican, in London, had a ever publish your work, I shall have greater fondness for uttering news great curiosity to see it; but beg for than for removing beards—that he time to deliberate, before I make myself was ambulatory rather than sedentary responsible as a subscriber to it; I and more inclined to pry into the am not at all ambitious that my name secrets, under a wig, than to comb should be addressed as authority for that useful appendage itself. The what I have here supplied you with.* only specific fact pertaining to your With much respect for so painstaking hero, with which Jacob's memory a man of letters as you are, for one seems charged is, that Gossip once cut who seems determined, not only to sheer through a gentleman's cheek, to fish the great ocean of literature, but his grinders, in shaving him, because to catch the very sprats and shrimps he, the said Dicky, could not forbear in every creek of it, I am, Sir, your watching the progress of a matrimonial obedient humble servant, dispute, in the opposite house; and,
JONATHAN OLDBUCK. as it terminated in a leg of mutton P. S. If you have any beggar's life being thrown out of the window by a in hand, I crave to recommend, as a vixen, before Dicky had completed most useful coadjutor, Mr Adam or his operation with the razor, so two Edie Ochiltree, a gentleman of these catastrophes were simultaneous; the parts, for he has made that branch of husband lost the promise of his dine biography his particular study, and ner, and the shavee found, on rising has devoted a considerable part of his from under Rd's hands, two fissures life to it. in his face, through which he might,
* This suggestion of Mr Oldbuck's modesty could not be complied with, as his communication would, in that case, fail of being sufficiently verified. QZX.
+ Press of matter prevents us from inserting the copies of the Parish Register Certifi. cates, but they shall be forthcoming if any doubt arises. C. N.