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tiles or bricked walk; the windows are not more than breast-high from the ground, without either curtain or shutter, and, on a public night, the gentry, while dancing, (and many of them whimsical sickly figures,) being exposed to the vulgar eye, are often joined in the laugh against them by their own servants, while they are peeping through the windows at their masters and mistresses.
The visitors of this place are for the most part peevish old maids or bloated old dowagers, who will now and then bring a frisky young tit or two along with them, in order to keep them out of harm's way, as they call it ; many of whom have often been scented thither by the Hibernian foxes that have
been by habeas corpus unkennelled a while from the King's Bench or Fleet Prisons, and who have often taken advantage of the old hen's going to roost, in order that they may have an opportunity of running away with the fattest of her chickens.
Of what quality the mineral springs of this place may be is best known to the diplomatist, who, for his own sake, may have analysed them, or the credulous invalid, who may have been complaisant enough to drink them ; but we are told, as every quack says of his nostrum, they are good for all diseases.
As we approach the grave, we begin to respect the church; like those
who, on a journey, are in fear of a storm, from the threatening clouds that surround them, make way to the first inn for shelter, which in all probability they might have passed, had they not been in apprehension of some danger; from this principle, I presume, the chapel was built so near the Well, that, when they had filled their stomachs with the springs from the rock, they might improve it by the spirit of divinity, and, by mixing it, make it into a kind of religious grog.
Hence it is that the chapel is visited every day about eleven o'clock; but, whether from the love of the Gospel, the fear of their souls, or respect to custom, will be hard to deter
mine; yet, true it is, that few pay a regular attention to this seat of devotion but those who are on the verge of a grand climacteric.
The good minister, as a reward for his labours, is under the necessity of submitting to the painful alternative of leaving a begging-card for subscriptions at the rooms and libraries. When a physician administers his advice to a patient with only a bodily complaint, he demands his guinea in cog. but when a minister of the Gospel has been bolding out his comforts to the soul, is it not grevious that all the world are to be told that he is in want of a shilling, and that he will thank you for whatever trifle you may bestow on him?
Tell it not
at home, tell it not abroad, lest the daughters of the Jacobins rejoice.
If those devotees, who, from fear, seem to pay so much respect to their souls, had a respect to the holy cloth, they would surely raise an established stipend to prevent a gentleman of that description from blushing.
There is a playhouse here; it is very small, but often well attended. It
may appear the more so, because a few people will make a full house, for, when you are in it, you feel as if the actors and actresses were tumbling into your lap, and they are generally of that description, which, like their scenes, are seen best at a distance. The mistress of this company is