English humorists of the eighteenth century - Sir Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, Laurence Sterne, Oliver Goldsmith (1906) (14595998789)
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Title: English humorists of the eighteenth century : Sir Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, Laurence Sterne, Oliver Goldsmith
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Steele, Richard, Sir, 1672-1729 Addison, Joseph, 1672-1719 Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768 Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774 Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863 Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, illus
Subjects: English literature English wit and humor
Publisher: New York : The Century co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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d at hearing their music,but, above all, at seeing their bacon. I must own, I could not avoid being pleased to see all ranks ofpeople, on this occasion, levelled into an equality, and the poor,in some measure, enjoying the primitive privileges of nature. Ifthere was any distinction shown, the lowest of the people seemedto receive it from the rich. I could perceive a cobbler with a leveeat his door, and a haberdasher giving audience from behind hiscounter. But my reflections were soon interrupted by a mob, whodemanded whether I was for the distillery or the brewery? Asthese were terms with which I was totally unacquainted, I choseat first to be silent; however, I know not what might have been theconsequence of my reserve, had not the attention of the mob beencalled off to a skirmish between a brandy-drinkers cow and a gin-drinkers mastiff, which turned out, greatly to the satisfaction ofthe mob, in favour of the mastiff. This spectacle, which afforded high entertainment, was at last506
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CITIZEN OF THE WORLD ended by the appearance of one of the candidates, who came toharangue the mob: he made a very pathetic speech upon the lateexcessive importation of foreign drams, and the downfall of thedistillery; I coild see some of the audience shed tears. He v.asaccompanied in his procession by Mrs. Deputy and Mrs. Mayoress.Mrs. Deputy was not in the least in liquor; and as for Mrs. Mayor-ess, one of the spectators assured me in my ear, that — she was avery fine woman before she had the small-pox. Mixing with the crowd, I was now conducted to the hall wherethe magistrates are chosen; but what tongue can describe this sceneof confusion! The whole crowd seemed equally inspired withanger, jealousy, politics, patriotism, and punch. I remarked onefigure that was carried up by two men upon this occasion. I atfirst began to pity his infirmities as natural, but soon found thefellow so drunk that he could not stand; another made his appear-ance to give his vote, but though he could s
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