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coleged in a lae joumer I made to Kennih-town, and this ia ibe modern roragers.
* Having beard much of Kenri:h-town, I conceived a frong desire to see that celebrated place. I could have witned, indeed, to satisfy my curiofity wit go. ing thither; but that was impracticable, and therefore I resolved to go. Travellers have two methods of going to Kenuh-town; they take coach, which coits ninepence, or they go a-foot, which costs nothing; in my opinion, a coach is by far the moft eligible convenience, but I was resolved 10 go on foot, having considered with myself, that going in that manner would be the cheap. eft way.
“ As you set out from Dog-house bar, you enter up. on a fine levelled road, railed in on both sides, commanding on the right a fine prospect of groves and fields, enamelled with flowers, which would wonderfully charm the sense of smelling, were it not for a dunghill on the left, which mixes its eifluvia with their odours. This dunghill is of much greater antiquity than the road; and I must not omit a piece of injustice I was going to commit upon this occasion. My indignation was levelled against the makers of the dunghill, for having brought it so near the road; whereas, it should have fallen upon the makers of the road, for having brought that so near the dunghill.
“After proceeding in this manner for some time, a building resembling somewhat a triumphal arch falutes the travellers' view. This structure, however, is peculiar to this country, and vulgarly called a turnpike gate: I could perceive a long inscription in large characters on the front, probably upon the occasion of some triumph; but being in haste, I left it to be made out by some subsequent adventurer, who may happen to travel this way; so continuing my course to the west, I soon arrived at an unwalled town called Isington.
“Islington is a pretty neat town, mostly built of brick, with a church and bells: it has a small lake, or rather pond in the midst; though at present very much neglec. ted. I am told it is dry in summer; if this be the case, it can be no very proper receptacle for fish, of which the inhabitants themselves seem sensible, by bringing all that is eaten there from London.
“ After having surveyed the curiosities of this fair and beautiful town, I proceeded forward, leaving a fair stone building, called the White-Conduit-House, on my right; here the inhabitants of London often assemble to celebrate a feast of hot rolls and butter: seeing such numbers, each with their little tables before them, em. ployed on this occasion, must no doubt be a very amusing sight to the looker on, but still more fo to those who perform in the folemnity.
“ From hence I parted with reluctance to Pancras as it is written, or Pancridge as it is pronounced; but which should be both pronounced and written Pangrace. This emendation I will venture meo arbitrio : Ilxy in the Greek language signifies all, which added to the En. glish word grace, maketh All-grace, or Pangrace, and indeed this is a very proper appellation to a place of so much fanétity as Pangrace is universally esteemed. However this be, if you except the parish-church and its fine bells, there is little in Pangrace worth the attention of the curious observer.
“ From Pangrace to Kentish-town is an easy journey of one mile and a quarter : the road lies through a fine champaign country, well watered with beautiful drains, and enamelled with flowers of all kinds, which might contribute to charm every sense, were it not that the odoriferous gales are often more impregnated with duft than perfume.
“ As you enter Kentish-town the eye is at once presented with the shops of artificers, such as venders of candles, small-coal, and hair-brooms; there are also several august buildings of red brick, with numberless fignposts, or rather pillars, in a peculiar order of architecture; I send you a drawing of several, vide A. B.C. This pretty town probably borrows its name from its vicinity to the county of Kent; and indeed it is not unnatural that it should, as there are only London and the adja. cent villages that lie between them. Be this as it will, perceiving night approach, I made a hasty repast on roasted mutton, and a certain dried fruit called potatoes, resolving to protract my remarks upon my return: and this I would very willingly have done, but was prevented by a circumstance which in truth I had for some time foreseen; for night coming on, it was impossible to take a proper survey of the country, as I was to return home in the dark.” Adieu.
TO THE SAME.
A FTER a variety of disappointments, my wishes are
Two days after his arrival, the man in black, with his beautiful niece, came to congratulate us upon this occafion : but guess our surprise, when my friend's lovely kinswoman was found to be the very captive my son had rescued from Persia, and who has been wrecked on the Wolga, and was carried by the Russian peasants to the port of Archangel. Were I to hold the pen of a novelift I might be prolix in describing their feelings at so unexpected an interview; but you may conceive their joy without any assistance ; words were unable to express their transports, then how can words describe it?
When two young persons are sincerely enamoured of each other, nothing can give me such pleasure as seeing
CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. 237 them married : whether I know the parties or not, I am happy at thus binding one link more in the universal chain. Nature has, in some measure, formed me for a match-maker, and given me a foul to sympathize with every mode of human felicity. I instantly, therefore, consulted the man in black, whether we might not crown their mutual wishes by marriage; his soul seems formed of similar materials with mine, he instantly gave his consent, and the next day was appointed for the fo. lemnization of their nuptials.
All the acquaintances which I had made since my ar. rival were present at this gay solemnity. The little beau was constituted master of the ceremonies, and his wife, Mrs. Tibbs, conducted the entertainment with proper decorum. The man in black and the pawn-broker's widow were very sprightly and tender upon this occasion. The widow was dressed up under the direction of Mrs. Tibbs; and as for her lover, his face was set off by the assistance of a pig-tail wig, which was lent by the little beau, to fit him for making love with proper formality.
The whole company easily perceived, that it would be a double wedding before all was over, and, indeed, my friend and the widow seemed to make no secret of their passion; he even called me aside, in order to know my candid opinion, whether I did not think him a little too old to be married. As for my own part, continued he, I know I am going to play the tool, but all my friends will praise my wisdom, and produce me as the very pattern of discretion to others.
At dinner every thing seemed to run on with good humour, harmony, and satisfaction. Every creature in company thought themselves pretty, and every jest was