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such another Expedition; for he very coolly aiked him,

D'ye think me, Noble General, such a Sot?
Let him take Caftles <who has ne'er a Great.

Mr. Pope.

From whence we may collect, that Men in easy Circumslances are not the fittest to go upon desperate Adventures; and that those who have charged through a Troop of Creditors, are most likely to have the fame Success when they face 'an Enemy.

What then shall we fay to a Britijb Army, m which there are perhaps Hals a Dozen Officers, all Gaming-proos, with empty Purses, and starved Hopes, who fear neither God nor Devil, have felt the worst that Man can do, and have laid in a Fund of Desperation sufficient to answer the Exigencies of an whole Campaign, though it were commanded by Hannibal himself? And shall we renounce such Advantages as these, in which the Interests of Europe are concerned, to gratify popular Prejudice and Clamour? I take Gaming, considered in this Light, to be the best Instrument for enabling us to fulfill our Treaties on the Continent.

Another great Advantage of Gaming is, that, like Charity, it is the constant Reconciler of Differences, and the chief Uniter of Mankind: Here Company meet without the least Regard to Age, Condition, or Party: Fortune's Veterans mix with young Adventurers, and teach them the Path to Honour . The Courtier and the Patriot

cut cut in together, equally complain of Grievances, and want Supplies: No Man's Principles are questioned, if his Credit be uncontested; for Money is indifferent to Parties, and freely lists itself on either Side. T O

To conclude; let me offer one Argument, which perhaps will weigh more with our Opponents than either Reason or Justice; and that is, the Impossibility of succeeding in their Attempt. This is no Time to expect Success in Projects that have been so often baffled. What hath the Wisdom of the Nation effected by its Laws, or the Fury of the Rabble by its Clamours > The Rulers have conspired together, and the People imagine a vain thing. Vain indeed! They had better therefore renounce their Opposition while they can do it with a good Grace, and fay at once with the Great Durandarte,

[f] Patience! andjbuffie the Cards.
[c] Vide Don Quixote.

THE

Pretty Gentleman j
o R,

SOFTNESS of MANNERS

VINDICATED

From the false Ridicule exhibited under the Character of

WILLIAMFRIBBLE, Esq. First Printed in the Year 1747.

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Mr. G A R R I C K.

SIR,

AS in the Wantonness of your petulant Fancy, you have fallen upon a Sett of Gentlemen, who cannot possibly have given you any personal Provocation; I have thought proper to prefix your Name to this their Defence, and call upon you thus publickly to justify your Behaviour, if it be possible. But surely, Sir, it must have been a secret Admiration of their Elegant and Refined Manners, that called forth your Spleen, to turn into Ridicule those soft Accomplishments you despaired to equal; and, as a Comic Writer did by the Divine Socrates, mimic and burlesque upon the Stage what you had not the Face to imitate in real Life. But your Wit was as impotent as your Malice was strong. Your Farce wa» no sooner seen, than it was laughed at; you know, Sir, it was laughed at; most prodigiously laughed at: A plain Proof, that it was judged to be very ridiculous.

Belief me, Sir, you have fallen most miserably (hort in your Attempt. And how should it be otherwise? Tou pretend to exhibit a Representation of The Pretty Gentleman, who are by no means an Adept in the Character! Tou f that are Vol. I. I an

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