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Yet this fulsome egotist, in his incongruous publication, has been pleased to lug me into his muddy matter, and set himself off by saying that the Vice-Chancellor had not only refused him an opportunity of exercising his transcendent talents, but had given that opportunity to another who stood in his way, “ whose only merit
was taking him off.”
If the few preceding lines should happen to be thought an obtrusion upon my readers, I have to plead, in my own behalf, a propensity that almost all mankind possess, that of retaliation ; yet, were I to give a perfect imitation of him, I do not think. I could find a dye, in all my compositions of colouring, dark enough to paint him in his true complexion.
But I will take my leave of this subject, and make my way to St. Ratcliff's church, where I was standing one day admiring its external beauties, in company with a gentleman, when we were accosted by an odd looking fellow, from whose appearance we were at a loss to determine whether he was a Jew or a Christian; he addressed us with 66 Good morning, gentlemen ; you seem to be admiring that church; it is a fine church, I assure you; opens every morning at eleven o'clock, and is worth your
inspection : you seem to be strangers here; did you come upon business, or pleasure, gentlemen?” Onacquainting him that we came upon business, he obtruded farther on our patience, by asking us if we were in the mustardway,
This we were told by our friends afterwards, to whom we related the story, was called touting a customer, and, though a whimsical mode, was adopted by many of the lower order of mechanics, by way of driving the nail as they call it, and keeping up the spirit of trade.
Bristol is a large and opulent city, filled with wealthy merchants and industrious tradesmen ; but it is thought its mercantile business has not flourished of late, as it did some years ago, having been rivalled by Liverpool; from what cause is not easily ascertained; some have assigned it to the spirit of the people of Liverpool, others to the great superiority of that
port, in respect to the accommodation of vessels in their extensive docks and harbours.
Bristol Hot-wells are one hundred and twenty-two miles from London, the post-towns through which you travel are the same as to Bath.
CHELTENHAM lies in the beautiful vale of Gloucester, in a rural situation, and is a long narrow town, nearly a mile in extent, well paved, lighted, and flagged; has a clean and bright appearance as you pass through it, many of the houses being well built; there are two Assembly-rooms; the upper one is remarkably neat and elegant, the chandeliers and lustres peculiarly brilliant; the rest of the
apartments are very commodious, and in unity with the whole pile; these set of rooms were built by the worthy Mr. Miller, who may be said to be almost the father and establisher of Cheltenham, for it seems to have been the business of his life to lend a helping hand to every project that might facilitate its improvements, and has certainly been a principal instrument in raising it to its present state of popularity.
The lower rooms are handsome, but inferior to the upper ones; they are both rented by Mr. Rook, who conducts the whole with great propriety, and keeps them in so neat and perfect a state, that it gives a pleasing gratification to all who visit them.