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| horse at St. James's gate, and galloped away to the Hague.
Before I take my farewel of this subject, I shall advise the Author for the future to speak his meaning more plainly. I allow he has a happy talent at doggrel, when he writes upon a known subject: where he tells us in plain intelligible language, how Syrisca's ladle was lost in one hole, and Hans Carvel's finger in another, he is very jocular and diverting; but when he wraps a lampoon in a riddle, he must consider that his jest is lost to every one, but the few merry wags
that are in the secret. This is making darker satyrs than ever Persius did. After this cursory view of the Examiner's performance, let us consider his remarks upon the Doctor's. That general piece of raillery which he passes upon the Doctor's considering the Treasurer in several different views, is that which might fall upon any Poem in Waller, or any other writer who has diversity of thoughts and allusions : and tho’ it may appear a pleasant ridicule to an ignorant Reader, is wholly groundless and unjust. I do likewise diffent with the Examiner, upon the phrases of passions being poised, and of the retrieving merit from dependence, which are very beautiful and poetical. It is the fame cavilling spirit that finds fault with that expression of the pomp of peace among the woes of war, as well as of offering unasked. As for the Nile, how Icarus and Phaeton came to be joined with it, I cannot conceive. I must confess they have been formerly used to represent the fate of rash ambitious men; and I cannot imagine why the Author should deprive us of those particular Similes for the future.The next Criticism upon
the stars, seems introduced for no other reason but to mention Mr. Bickerstaf, whom the Author every where endeavours to imitate and abuse. But I shall refer the Examiner to the frog's advice to her little one, that was blowing it self up to the size of an Ox:
Non si te ruperis, inquit, Par eris.
The allusion to the victim may be a Gallimatia in French politicks, but is an apt and noble allufion to a true English spirit. And as for the Examiner's remarks on the word bleed (though a man wou'd laugh to see impotent malice so little able to contain it self) one cannot but observe in them the temper of the Banditti whom he mentions in the same paper, who always murder where they rob. The last observation is upon the line, Ingratitude's a weed of every clime. Here he is
very much out of humour with the Doctor, for having called that the weed, which Dryden only terms the growth, of every Clime. But for God-sake, why so much tenderness for ingratitude. But I shall say no more.
We are now in an age wherein impudent assertions must pass for arguments: and I do not question but the same, who has endeavoured here to prove that he who wrote the Diffenfary was no Poet, will very suddenly undertake to Thew, that he who gained the Battle of Blenheim is no General.
N° 2. Thursday, September 21.
Never yet knew an Author that had not his admirers. Bunyan and Quarles have passed thro'
feveral editions, and pleafe as many Readers, as Dryden and Tillotson. The Examiner had not written two half sheets of paper, before he met with one that was astonished at the force he was master of, and approaches him with awe, when he mentions State-lubjects, as encroaching on the province that belonged to him, and treating of things that deserved to pass under his pen. The same humble author tells us, that the Examiner can furnish mankind with an Antidote to the poyson that is fiattered through the nation. This crying up of the Examiner's Antidote, puts me in mind of the first appearance that a celebrated French quack made in the streets of Paris. A little boy walked before him, publishing, with a shrill voice, Mon pere guerit toutes sortes de maladies, My father cures all sorts of distempers: To which the Doctor, who walked behind him, added in a grave and composed manner, L'enfant dit vrai, The child says true.
That the Reader may fee what party the Author of this Letter is of, I shall thew how he speaks N 3
of the French King and the Duke of Anjou, and how of our greatest Allies, the Emperor of Germany and the States-General. In the mean while the French King has withdrawn his troops from Spain, and has put it out of his power to restore that monarchy to us, was he reduced low enough really to desire to do it. The Duke of Anjou has had leisure to take off those whom he suspected, to confirm his friends, to regulate his revenues, to increase and form his troops, and above all, to rouse that spirit in the Spanish nation, which a succession of lazy and indolent Princes had lulled asleep. From hence it appears probable enough, that if the war continue inuch longer on the present
foot, instead of regaining Spain, we shall find the Duke of Anjou in a condition to pay the debt, of gratitude, and support the grandfather in his declining years ;, by whole arms, in the days of his infancy, he was upheld. What expressions of tenderness, duty and fubmiflion! The Panegyrick on the Duke of Anjou, is by much the best written part of this whole Letter; the Apology for the French King is indeed the same which the Post-bay has often made, but worded with greater deference and respect to that great Prince. There are many strokes of the Author's good-will to our confederates, the Dutch and the Emperor, in several parts of this notable Epistle; I shall only quote one of them, alluding to the concern which the Bank, the States-General, and the Emperor, expressed for the Ministry by their humble applications to Her Majesty, in these words.
Not daunted yet, they resolve to try a new expedient, and the interest of Europe is to be represented as infeparable from that of the Ministers.
Haud dubitant equidem implorare quod usquam est; Flectere si nequeunt Superos, Acheronta movebunt.
The members of the Bank, the Dutch, and the Court of Vienna, are called in as confederates to the Ministry. This, in the mildest English it will bear, runs thus. They are resolved to look for help whereever they can find it; if they cannot have it from heaven, they will go to bell for it; That is, to the members of the Bank, the Dutch, and the Court of Vienna. The French King, the Pope, and the Devil, have been often joined together by a well-meaning Englishman ; but am very much surprized to see the Bank, the Dutch, and the Court of Vienna, in such company. We may still see this Gentlernan's principles in the accounts which he gives of his own country: speaking of the G---l, the quondam T----, and the J ----to, which every one knows comprehends the Whigs, in their utmost extent; he adds, in opposition to them, For the Queen and the whole body of the British nation,----
Nos Numerus sumus.
We are Cyphers.
How properly the Tories may be called the whole body of the British nation, I leave to any one's judging: and wonder how an author can be fo disrespectful to Her Majesty, as to feparate Her in so faucy a manner from that part of her people, who according to the Examiner himself, have engrossed the riches of the nation; and all this to join N4