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T must be fo Plato, thou reason'st well,
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire. This longing after immortality ? Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror, Of falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction ? 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis heav'n itself, that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Eternity! thou pleasing, drcadful thought !
Through what variety of untry'd being,
The wide, th’unbounded prospect, lies before me;
[ Laying his hand on his fword.
In utramque partem facta; quæque vim inferant,
Thus am I doubly arm’d; my death and life,
Monday, December 6.
-Experiar quod concedatur in illos, Quorum Flaminia tegitur cinis, atque Lutina.
Juv. Sat. 1. V. 170.
Since none the living dure implead, Arraign them in the persons of the dead.
EXT to the people who want a place, there are none to be pitied more than those who are solicited
A plain answer, with a denial in it, is looked upon as pride, and a civil answer as a promise.
Nothing is more ridiculous than the pretensions of people upon these occasions. Every thing a man hath fuffered, while his enemies were in play, was certainly brought about by the malice of the opposite party. A bad cause would not have been lost, if such an one had not been upon the bench; nor a profligate youth disinherited, if he had not got drunk every night by toasting an outed ministry. I remember a Tory, who having been fined in a court of justice for a prank that deserved the pillory, desired upon the merit of it to be made a justice of peace when his friends came into power; and shall never forget a Whig criminal, who, upon being indicted for a rape, told his friends, You see what a man suffers for sticking 15 his principles.
The truth of it is, the sufferings of a man in a party are of a very doubtful nature. When they are such as have promoted a good cause, and fallen upon a man undefervedly, they have a right to be heard and recompenfed beyond any other pretensions ; but when they rise out of rasñness or indiscretion, and the pursuit of such measures as have rather ruined, than promoted the interest they aim at, (which hath always been the case of a great many sufferers), they only forve to recommend them to the children of violence and felly.
I HAVE by me a bundle of memorials presented by several cavaliers
the restoration of King Charles II. which may serve as so many instances to our present purpose.
AMONG sercral persons and pretensions recorded by my author, he mentions one of a very great eítate, who, for having roasted an ox whole, and distributed a hugshead upon king Charks's birth-day, desired to be provided for, as his majesty in his great wisdom frall think fit.
ANOTHER put in to be prince Henry's governor, fui having dared to drink his health in the worst of times.
A THIRD petitioned for a colonel's commillion, for having cursed Oliver Cromwell the day before his death, on a public bowling-green,
But the most whinasical petition I have met with is that of B. B. Efq; who desired the honour of knight'iuod, for having cuckolded Sir T. W. a notorious Roundhead.
There is likewise the petition of one, who, harirs let his beard grow from the martyrdom of king Charlesi. -till the restoration of king Charles II. defired, in consideration thereof, to be made a privy-counsellor.
I MUST not omit a memorial, setting forth, that the memorialist had, with great dispatch, carried a letter fro: a certain lord to a ceriain lord, wherein, as it afterwards appeared, measures were concerted for the restoration, and without which he verily believes that happy revoltition had nerer been effected; who thercupon humbly prays to be made postmaster-gencral.
A CERTAIN gentleman, who seems to write with a great deal of spirit, and uses the words gallantry and gentleman-like very often in his petition, begs, that (in consideration of his having worn his hat for ten years past in the loyal caralier cock, to his great danger and detriment) he may be made a captain of the guards.
I SHALL close my account of this collection of memorials, with the copy of one petition at length, which I recommend to my reader as a very valuable piece.
The petition of E. H. Esq; humbly sheweth,
HAT your petitioner's father's brother's uncle, 'hand, at Edgehill fight.
'That your petitioner, notwithstanding the smallness of his fortune, (he being a younger brother), always Vol. VIII.