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The other are in French.

Allez vous, luy dit il, fans bruit chez vos parens,
Ou vous avez laissé votre honneur & vos gans.

But we need not go further than the Letter before us for examples of this nature, as we may find in page the eleventh. Mankind remains convinced, that a Queen poseljed of all the virtues requisite to bless a nation, or make

a private family happy, lits on the throne. Is this Panegyrick or Burlesque ? To see so glorious a Queen celebrated in such a manner, gives every good subject a secret indignation ; and looks liker Scarron's character of the great Queen Semiramis, who, says that Author, “ was the Founder of “ Babylon, Conqueror of the East, and an excellent « Housewife.

The third subject, being the argumentative part of this Letter, I shall leave till another occasione


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Non defenforibus iftis
Tempus eget.

Was once talking with an old humdrum fellow,
away by business.

About three years after I met him again, when he immediately reaffumed the thread of his story, and began his falutation with, but Sir, as I was telling you. The same method has been made use of by very polite writers; as, in particular, the Author of Don Quixote, who inserts several novels in his works, and after a parenthesis of about a dozen leaves, returns again to his story. Hudibras has broke off the Adventure of the Bear and Fiddle. The Tatler has frequently interrupted the course of a Lucubration, and taken it up again after a fortnight's respite; as the Examiner, who is capable of imitating him in this particular, has likewise done.

This may serve as an apology for my postponing the examination of the argumentative part of the Letter to the Examiner to a further day, though I must confess, this was occasioned by a Letter which I received last post. Upon opening it, I found it to contain a very curious piece of antiquity; which, without preface or application, was introduced as follows.

" Alcibiades

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« Alcibiades was a man of wit and pleafure, " bred up in the school of Socrates ; and one of “ the best Orators of his age, notwithstanding he “ lived at a time when learning was at its high66 est pitch: he was likewise very famous for his “ military exploits, having gained great conquests

over the Lacedæmonians, who had formerly 66 been the confederates of his countrymen against “ the great King of Persia, but were at that time « in alliance with the Persians. He had been once " so far misrepresented and traduced by the malice

of his enemies, that the Priests cursed him. " But after the great services which he had done " for his country, they publickly repealed their 6 curses, and changed them into applauses and be“ nedictions.

" Plutarch tells us, in the life of Alcibiades, that

one Taureas, an obscure man, contended with « him for a certain prize, which was to be confer“ red by vote ; at which time each of the compe6 titors recommended himself to the Athenians by an oration.

The speech which Alcibiades made “ on that occafion, has been lately discovered a

mong the Manufcripts of King's-college in Cam« bridge ; and communicated to me by my learn" ed friend Dr. B---tley; who tells me, that by a “ marginal note it appears, that this Taureas, or,

as the Doctor rather chuses to call him, Toryas,

was an Athenian Brewer. This speech I have “ translated literally, changing very little in it, ex“ cept where it was absolutely necessary to make it “ understood by an English Reader. It is as fol66 lows.

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6 S it then possible, O ye Athenians, that I who “ pose me, must now have an artisan for my an

tagonist? That I who have overthrown the o Princes of Lacedæmon, must now see my self in « danger of being defeated by a Brewer? What will 66 the world say of the Goddess that presides over “ you, should they suppose you follow her dictates ? “ would they think she acted like herself, like the great

Minerva? would they now say, she in« spires her sons with wisdom? or would they not “ rather say, she has a second time chosen owls for « her favourites ? But O ye men of Athens, what “ has this man done to deserve your voices? You “ fay he is honest; I believe it, and therefore he « shall brew for me. You say he is assiduous in « his calling: and is he not grown rich by it ? let: « him have your custom but not your votes: you

are now to cast your Eyes on those who can de« tect the artifices of the common enemy, that can “ disappoint your secret foes in Council, and your

open ones in the field. Let it not avail my com« petitor, that he has been tapping his liquors, while « I have been spilling my blood; that he has been

gathering hops for you, while I have been reaping « lawrels. Have I not born the dust and heat of “ the day, while he has been sweating at the furnace? 66 behold these scars, behold this wound which still « bleeds in your service; what can Taureas shew you

of this nature? What are his marks of ho« nour? Has he any other wound about him, ex« cept the accidental scaldings of his wort, or bruises « from the tub or barrel ? Let it not, O. Athenians, 6 let it not be said, that your Generals have con


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" quered themselves into your displeasure, and lost “ your favour by gaining you victories. Shall " those atchievements that have redeemed the present “age from lavery, be undervalued by those who “ feel the benefits of them ? Shall those names that “ have made your city the glory of the whole earth, 6. be mentioned in it with obloquy and detraction? Will not your posterity blush at their forefathers, “ when they shall read in the annals of their coun“ try, that Alcibiades in the 90th Olympiad, after “ having conquered the Lacedemonians, and reco“ vered Byzantium, contended for a prize against “ Taureas the Brewer? The competition is dis• honourable, the defeat would be shameful. I • shall not however slacken my endeavours for the “ fecurity of my country. If she is ungrateful, she " is ftill Athens. On the contrary, as she will stand “ more in need of defence, when she has so dege“ nerate a people ; I will pursue my victories, till 66 such time as it shall be out of your power to hurt “ yourselves, and that you may be in safety even “ under your present leaders. But oh! thou ge“ nius of Athens, whither art thou fled? Where « is now the race of those glorious spirits that pe" rished at the battel of Thermopyle, and fought

upon the plains of Marathon? Are you weary of conquering, or have you forgotten the oath « which you took at Agraulos, That you would look

upon the bounds of Attica to be those soils only " which are incapable of bearing wheat and barley,

vines and olives? Consider your enemies the " Laceda monians ; did you ever hear that they pre“ ferred a Coffee-man to Agefilaus ? No, though " their Generals have been unfortunate, though " they have lost several battels, though they have



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