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Caricus Anecdote of Queen Mary, herself a play, it happened to be “ The
Consort to King William III. rela. Spanish Friar," the only play forbid tipe to the Tragi-Comedy of " The by the late king. Soine unhappy Spanish Friur.”
expressions, amongst which those
that follow, put her into the greatest THIS play, which is certainly disorder, and frequently forced her one of the best of Dryden's drama. to hold up her fan, and often look tic efforts, was much decried, both behind, and call for her palatine and by his enemies and the adherents of hood, or any thing that she could the Duke of York, on its first repre. think of, whilst those who were in sentation. The former said it was the pit before her* constantly turned mostly stolen from other authors; their heads over their shoulders, to and the latter thought it trenched too see how she bore the application of much on the Popish religion. The what was said. witty Charles, however, thought ". In one place, where the Queen otherwise : he said in regard to the of Arrogan is going to church in latter, that knaves in every profese procession, it is said, by a spectator, sion should be alike subject to ridi, cule ; and as to the first he exclaimed, " Very good ! she usurps the throne, u God's fish! steal me such another Keeps the old king in prison, and, at play any of you, and I'll frequent it to the same time, as much as I do the Spanish Friar.” Is praying for a blessing on the
This play, however, being upon . army. the stock list when King William ascended the throne, the queen un- " Again :wittingly ordered it torrepresentation at the time the king was in Ireland, "'Tis observ'd at court who weeps, and she was left regent; but the con. and who wears black, fasion arising from so many suppos. For good King Sancho's death.' ed allusions to her new situation, which occurred in the representa: " Again :tion of it, was such as, perbaps, never occurred from theatrical accident"Who is it that can flatter a court before.
like this? : The facts are so curious, we shall Can I sooth tyranny ? Seem pleasd lay before our readers the following to see my royal master letter, written by Daniel Finch, se- Murder'd, his crown usurp'd-a dis. cond Earl of Nottingham, to a per. , taff on the throne ?” son of fashion, name unknown, announcing the particulars; a copy of · Again :which letter was in the possession of Dr. Percy, Bishop of Dromore, some • What title has this queen but lawyears ago.
less force ! and force “I am loth to send blank paper Must pull her down.' by a carrier, but am rather willing to send some of the tattle of the Twenty more things were said in the town than nothing at all, which will play, which faction applied to the at least serve for an hour's chat, and queen ; and though it never could then you may convert the scrawl to its proper use.
* The king's box then was in the · The only day her majesty gave centre of the house.
be originally intended, it furnished which he asked her, 'If she nieant the town with talk till something to make her her example.' else happened which gave much oc- “ More was said upon this occacasion for discourse; for another sion than ever was said before ; but play being ordered to be acted, the it was borne with all the submission queen came nor, being taken up with of a good wife, who leaves all to the other diversions as follow :
discretion of the king, and diverts " She dined with Mrs. Gradens, herself with walking six or seven the famous woman in the Hall who miles per day, looking after her sells tine laces and head-dresses; from buildings, making of fringes, and thence went to the lew's who sell such like innocent things, and does Indian things; thence to Mrs. Fer- not meddle with government, though guson's, De Vit's, Mrs. Harrison, she lias a better title to do it than the and other Indian houses, but not lo late queen had." Mrs. Potter's, though in her way ; which caused Mrs Potter to say, • that she might as well have hoped for that honour as another, consider. History of the Buccaneers, froin the ing that the whole design of bringing
Abbè Ruyal. in the king and queen was managed at her house, and the consultations (Continued from page 36.) held there ; so that she might have thrown away a little money in raf. WHEN these duties had been fling there, as well as at the other complied with, they then indulged houses.' But it seems that my lord themselves in all kinds of profusion. Devonshire has got Mrs. Potter to Unbounded licentiousness in gaming, be laundress, and that she has not wine, women, every kind of debaumueh countenance from the queen chery was carried to the utmost pitch
-her daughter still keeping the in. of excess, and was stopt only by the dian house her mother had.
want which such profusions brought “ The same day the queen went on. Those men who were enriched to one Mrs. Wise, a famous woman with several millions, were in an in, for telling fortunes, but could not stant totally ruined, and destitute of prevail with her to tell any thing, cloths and provisions. They re. though to others she has been very turned in sea, and the new supplies free, and has foretoid amongst other they aquired were soon lavished in things, that king james shall come the same manner. If they were in again, and the Duke of Norfolk asked, . what satisfaction they could lose his head'-he last, I suppose, find in dissipating so rapidly, what will be che consequence of the first, they had gained with so much diffi. All these things, however innocent, culty ; they made this very ingeni. have passed the censure of the town; ous reply : " Exposed as we are, to and, besides a private repriimand gi. " to such a variety of dangers, our ven, the king'gave one in public, 6 life is totally different from that of saying to the queen, that he heard " other men.' Why should we, who she dined at a
b y -house, and 6 are alive today, and may be dead desired the next time she went that “to-inorrow, think of hoarding up? he might be of the party.' She re. " We reckon only the day we have plied, She had done nothing but “ lived, but never think upon that what the late queen did.' -Upon " which is to come. Our concern
** is rather to squander away life than mitted such enormities. Upon this k tu preserve it."
point a story is told of him, that The Spanish colonies flattering w ben he was at college, and acting themselves with the hopes of seeing in a play the part of a Frenchiman, 26 end to their miseries, and redaced who quarrelled with a Spaniard, he almost to despair in finding them- fell upon the person who personated selves a perpetual prey to these ruffin the Spaniard, with such fury, that he ans, grew weary of navigation. They would have strangled him had he gave up all the power, conveniences, not been rescued out of his hands. aod fortune their connections pro. His heated imagination continually cured them, and formed themselves represented to him innumerable mul. almost into so many distinct and se. tisudes of people massacred by sa. parale states. They were sensible vage monsters who came out of of the inconveniences arising from Spain. He was animated with an such a conduct, and avowed them; irresistible ardour to revenge so but the dread of falling into the hands much innocent blood. The enthu. of rapacious and savage men, had siasm this spirit of humaniiy worked greater influence over them, than the him up to, was turned into a rage dictates of honour, interest and po. inore cruel than that of religionis falicy. This was the rise of that spi- naticism, to which so many victims rit of inactivity which continues to had been sacrificed. The names of this time.
those unhappy sufferers seemed to This despondency served only to rouse him and call upon him for increase the boldness of the Bucca. vengeance. He had heard some neers, As yet they had only appeared account of the Buccaneers, who in the Spanish settlements, in order were said to be the most inveterare to carry off some provisions, when enemies to the Spanish name: he they were in want of them. They therefore embarked on board a ship no sooner found their captures begin in order to join them, lo diminish, than they determined to In the passage they met with recover by land what they had lost a Spanish vessel, attacked it, and as at sea. The richest and most popu. it was usual in those times, immedia lous countries of the continent were ately boarded it. Mootbar, with a plundered and laid waste. The cul. sabre in his haud, fell upon the ene. tore of lands was equally neglected my, broke through them, and hurry. with navigation; and the Spaniards ing twice from one end of the ship dared no more appear in their pub. to the other, levelled every thing that lic roads, than sail in the latitudes opposed him. When he had com. which belong to them.
pelled the enemy to surrender, leav. Among the Buccaneers who sig. ing to his companions the happiness nalized themselves in this new spe of dividing so rich a booty, he con. cies of excursions, Montbar a gentle. tented himself with the savage pleaman of Languedoc, particularly dis. sure of contemplating the dead botinguished himself. Having, by, dies of the Spaniards, lying in heaps chance, in his infancy, met with a together, against whom he had sworn circumstantial account of the cruel. a constant and deadly hatred, ties practised in the conquest of the Fresh opportunities soon occur. new world, he conceived an aversion red, that enabled him to exert this that he carried to a degree of phrenzy spirit of revenge, without extinguishagainst that nation that had coini ing it. The ship he was in arrived
at the coast of St. Domingo ; where by Lolonois, who derived his name the Buccaneers on land immediately from the sands of Olones the place applied to barter some provisions for of his birth. From the abject state brandy. As the articles they offered of a bondsınan, he had gradually were of little value, they alledged in raised himself to the command of excuse, that their enemies had over two canoes, with twenty-two men. run the country, laid waste their set. With these he was so successful, as Ilements, and carried off all they to take a Spanish frigate on the coast could. · Why replied Montbar, do of Cuba. "A slave having observed “ you tamely suffer such insult: ?" that after the engagement, all the « Neither do we, answered they in men who were wounded were put “ the same tone ; the Spaniards have to death, and fearing lest he should " experienced what kind of men we share the same fate, wanted to save " are, and have therefore taken ad. himself by a perfidious declaration, u vantage of the time when we were but very consistent with the part he " engaged in hunting. But we are had been destined to take. He aset going to join some of our com- sured them, that the governor of the • panions, who have been still more Havannah had put him on board, « ill-treated than we, and then we in order to serve as executioner to “i shall have warm work.” “ If all the Buccaneers he had sentenced « you approve it, answered Mont- to be hanged, not doubting in the « bar, I will head you, not as your least but they would be all taken 56 commander, but as the foremost prisoners. The savage Lolonois, " to expose myself to danger." The fared with rage at this declaration, Buccaneers perceiving, from his ap- ordered all The Spaniards to be pearance, that he was such a man as brought before him, and cut off their They wanted, chearfully accepted his heads one after another, sucking at offer. The same day they overtook each stroke the drops of blood that the enemy, and Montbar attacked trickled down his sabre. He then them with an impetuosity that as. repaired to the Port-au-Prince, in tonished the bravest. Scarce one which were four ships, fitted out pur. Spaniard escaped the effects of his posely to sail in pursuit of him. He fury. The remaining part of his iook them, and threw all their crews life was equally distinguished as this into the sea, except one man, whom day. The Spaniards suffered so he saved, in order to send him with much from him, both by land and a letter to the governor of the Ha. at sea, that he acquired the name of vannah, acquainting him with what the Eaterminator.
' he had done, and assuring him, that His savage disposition, as well as he would trear in the same manner that of the other Buccaneers who are all the Spaniards that should fall into tended him, having obliged the his hands, not excepting the gover. Spaniards to confine themselves nor himself, if he should be so for. within their settlements, these free- tunate as to take him. After this booters resolved to attack them there, expedition he ran his canoes and This new method of carrying on prize ships aground, and sailed with the war, required superior forces, his frigate only to the island of Tor. and their associations in consequence fuga. became inore nuinerous. The first that was considerable, was formed
(To be continued.)
Anecdotes relative to the matrimonial to an insurrection, who led by her Conncrions of the Ancient Britons. injured husband, routed her ini ma
· ny battles, and in the end compelled THE chastity of the ancient Brie her to fly the kingdom. . tons (according to the idea we have But surely the above single in. of that virtue at present,) perhaps, stance, and that in the royal line, has never been defended by any his can be no proof against the general torian, however partial he otherwise cusiom : as we have the authorities may be to the honour of his country, of Cæsar, Dio, and other repeciable except the late Dr. Henry, who up- ancient writers, " that the Britons on a bare supposition that a promis- enjoyed a community of wives cuous manner of living may mat pro. amongst certain noinbers, and by the duce a promiscuous intercourse of common consent of all." the sexes, and the case of Cartismar. Sir William Temple, who has dra, Quiccen of the Brigantines, being written a very elegant introduction driven out of her kingdom for herinë to the History of England, describes fidelity to her husband, concludes that this ancient usage of his ancestors in the laws of matrimony appear to have the following words: been held sacred, and of the viola 1-4 One custom there was amongst tors of them as odious amongst the the Britons which seems peculiario ancient Britons as among the Germans themselves, and not found in the and other nations.
stories of any other nations, either · But Dr. Henry, in giving this so. civil or barbarous ; which was a kitary instance of the ancient British Society of wives among certain num. people resenting the infidelity of Car: bers of men, and by common con: tismaodua, should have likewisegiven sent. Every inan married a single as the many concurrent reasons woman, who was always aftcr, and which determined her subjects to alone, esteemed his wife; but it was make her this particular object of usual for five or six, ten or twelve, or their detestation : beside this, the more, either brothers or friends, as character of the royal family required they could agree, to have all their a particular law in respect to the na wives in common ; love encounters selves, to ascertain the right heirs 10 happening amongst them, as they the throne.
were invited by desire or favoured by Cartisnjandua, Queen of the Bri- opportunity. Every woman's chile gantines, was married to Venutius, a dren were attributed to him who had prince of great honour and invegrity; married her ; but all had a share in but forgetting what she owed the care and defence of the whole soto her own station, as well as her ciety, since ng man knew which country, she first besrayed Caracta were his own. cus to the Romans, to adern the tri. “Though this custom,"continues umplis of the Emperor Claudius, and Sir William Temple, “ be alledged then desérted her own husband by as a lestimony how savage and baro marrying Vellncarus (a trumpeter of barous a people the Britons were, the bousehold) and conferred on him I know not why it should appear (by the assistance of the Romans) more extravagant than the commu. the kingdom of tire Brigantines. nity of women in some other coun.
So odious and degrading an action tries ; the deflowering of virgins by as this, no doubt, roused her subjects the priest the first night of their mar.