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squire might have no farther trouble, than to receive his dividend of the profits. But while he was considering on whom this important favour should be conferred, his ticket was drawn.......BLANK; and squire Wilkins is contented with his greasy employment of cutting out penny-worths of Cheshire cheese.
Jonathan Wildgoose of Cheapside, silk-mercer, had too much taste to be confined to dirty business which he neglected for the more agreeable pursuits of pleasure. Having, therefore, met with great looses in trade, he was obliged to embark the remains of his shattered fortune in the lottery, and by purchasing a number of tickets secured to himself the 10,000l. He had determined to keep his success secret, bilk his creditors by becoming bankrupt, turn the whole into an annuity for his life, and live abroad like a gentle. man upon the income. But unluckily his creditors came upon him too quickly: and before he could know, that he had got the ten thousand, hurried him to gaol, where he now lies lamenting that the act of insolvency had not been postponed till after the lottery. John Jones of Ludlow, in the country of Salop, esquire, dealer and chapman, got the 10,000l. This gentleman was forewarned of his success by several indisputable tokens. His lady had dreamed of a particular number four nights together: and while the bells were ringing on his being chosen bailiff of the corporation, they spoke in as plain words, as ever Whittington heard," Mr. John Jones will get Ten "Thousand Pounds........Mr. John Jones will get "Ten thousand Pounds." He and his lady, there fore came up to London; and not being able to meet with the particular number at Hazard's or Wilson's, or any other office always remarkable for selling the ten thousands, they advertised it in the papers, and they got their prize, only paying a guinea more for
their ticket than the market-price. As Mrs. Jones knew a good deal of the world, having lived for some years in quality of an upper servant in a great house, she was determined, that Mr. Jones should take the opportunity, now they were in town, of learning how to behave himself, as he should do, when he came to his fortune. She therefore introduced him to the best company in all the house-keepers and stewards rooms in the best families, where she was acquainted: and as Mr. Jones was so deficient in politeness, as not even to know how to make a bow in coming into a room, he had private lessons from Mr. Aaron Hart, who undertakes to teach grown gentlemen to dance. Mrs. Jones herself was very busy in consulting the milliner and mantua-maker about the newest fashions, when the long looked-for ten thousand came up; and directly after the hey-ge-ho carried them down again to Salop, with this only consolation, that their ticket was within one of the fortunate number.
Sir Humphrey Oidcastle, having greatly dipped his estate by being chosen into parliament on his tory in terest, mortgaged all he had left, to put himself in the way of the 10,0001. for the good of his country. This seasonable recruit fixed him a staunch patriot: and he declared, he would stand another election against all opposition. But, however it happened, the finishing of the lottery has induced him to change his sentiments; and Sir Humphrey, in lieu of the 10,0001. has accepted a place.
Jemmy Lister, an attorney's clerk, was carried into the lottery by pure disinterested love. He had conceived a violent passion for his master's daughter; but the prudent old gentleman could not be prevailed on to give her away to an handsome young fellow without a penny. This enraged him so much, that he immediately sold the reversion of a small estate after the death of his grandmother, and by laying out
the purchase-money as far as it would go, in shares and chances, got the ten thousand pounds. He was for some time in doubt, whether he should bestow his good-fortune on the young lady, or employ it more fashionably in keeping a girl. However his hopes soon sunk to one of the 5000l. prizes, which he generously determined to settle upon her, together with his person. But in this too he was unhappily disappointed; and at last, like a true lover, contented himself with the thoughts of maintaining her very prettily (even though the father should give her nothing) on the income of one or other of the inferior prizes, which he was sure would fall to his lot. Fortune alas! is no less blind a deity than love: they both conspired to disappoint him; and the unsuccessful gallant, having received a positive refusal from his mistress, out of mere spight directly married the maid.
Captain Mac Mullen, a decayed gamester, made shift to purchase the chance of a sixteenth, which, notwithstanding the great odds against him, was sure to come up 10,0001. The first thing to be done was to purchase a genteel suit of cloaths with his part of the prize, hire an equipage, pass himself off for a man of quality, and snap up a rich dowager or heiress: after which it was very easy for him to dupe all the raw gamesters at Arthur's out of their estates, and to take in all the knowing-ones on the turf at New-market. He accordingly bespoke his liveries, settled the fashion of his chariot, and had already pitched upon the lady whose good luck it should be to fall in love with him but so uncertain is the state of a gamester, that since the drawing of the lottery he has advertised for charitable contributions to a distressed gentleman, who knows the world, and has had the honour to be intimate with most of the nobility and gentry in the kingdom.
I need not point out any particular instances among the other sex, with respect to their disposal of the ten thousand; which every lady had secured by chusing the ticket herself, taking particular care, that the number should be an odd one. The married ladies have sufficient calls for even double this sum, to supply them with the necessaries of dress, and to answer the expences of frequenting public diversions; and as to the unmarried ladies, they very well know the truth of that maxim in the ballad, that "in ten thousand "pounds ten thousand charms are centered. Some ancient maiden ladies who could never be brought to think of a husband, or to give into the vanities of the world, were resolved to live retired upon their prize in the country, and leave proofs of their good dispositions behind them, by swelling out their wills with a long list of items to this or that charity or hospital.
Before I conclude, I cannot but take notice of the great generosity of my own publisher upon getting the 10,0001. As his success was owing to his laying out in the lottery all the profits, which had already risen from the publication of this paper, he had determined to circulate any future numbers gratis, and had even designed to keep open house for the reception of poor authors. Unhappily for the public, as well as my brother-writers, Fortune has frustrated his disinterested scheme: even I myself am admitted to eat his mutton but once a week: and (instead of giving away my papers) he has advertised, that the twelves editition of the Connoisseur will be published on Tuesday the 25th of this instant November, in two pocket volumes, price 65. bound.
No. XCIV. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17.
..Militavi non sine gloria
I too from martial feats may claim renown,
AS I was going through Smithfield the other day, I observed an old fellow with a wooden leg, dressed in a sailor's habit, who courteously invited the passer-by to peep into his raree-show, for the 1 small price of an halfpenny. His exhibitions, I found, were very well suited to the times, and quite in cha racter for himself: for among other particulars, with which he amused the little audience of children that surrounded his box, I was mightily pleased to hear the following; "....There you see the British fleet "pursuing the French ships, which are running a"way...There you see major general Johnson beat"ing the French soldiers in America, and taking "count Dieskeau prisoner...There you see the grand monarque upon his knees before king George, beg66 ging his life." As the thoughts of the public are now wholly turned upon war, it is no wonder, that every method is taken to inspire us with a love of our country and an abhorronce of the French king: and not only the old seaman with his rare-show, but the public theatres have likewise had a view to the same point. At Drury-lane we have already been entertained with the Humours of the Navy; and I am assured, that at Covent-garden Mr. Barry will shortly make an entire conquest of France, in the person of that renowned hero Henry the Fifth. And as the English are naturally fond of bloody exhibitions on the stage, I am told that a new pantomine, entitled the Ohio, is preparing at this last house, more terrible than any of its