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much together, a successful attempt on Budgell's part to imitate the productions of his friend, was probable enough. In 1717, Budgell, who was a man of extreme vapily and vindicrive feeling, had the imprudence to lampoon the Irish viceroy, by whom he had been deeply offended; the result of which was his dismissal from office, anil return to England. During the prevalence of the South-sea Scheme, he lost a fortune by speculation, and in attempts to gain a seat in the House of Commons, and subsequently figured principally as a virulent party writer and an advocate of infidelity. At length his declining reputation suffered a mortal blow by a charge of having forged a testament in his own favour. By the will of Dr. Matthew Tindal, it appeared that a legacy of £2000 had been left to Budgell. The will was set aside and the unhappy author disgraced. It is to this circumstance that Pope alludes in the couplet :
Let Budgell charge low Grub Street on my quill,
And write whate'er he please-except my will. Some years afterwards, this wretched man, involved in debts and difficulties, and dreading an execution in his house, deliberately committed suicide, by leaping from a boat while shooting London Bridge. This took place in 1737. There was found in his bureau a slip of paper on which he had written :
What Cato did, and Addison approved,
Cannot be wrong. But in this be of course misrepresented Addison, who has put the following words into the mouth of the dying Cato:
Yet methinks a beam of light breaks in
The best may err, but you are good. The contributions of Budgell to the Spectator are distinguished by the letter X.
The Art of Growing Rich. The subject of my present paper I intend as an essay on The ways to raise a man's fortune, or the art of growing rich.'
The first and most infallible method towards the attaining of this end is thrift ; all men are not equally qualified for getting money, but it is in the power of every one aljke to practise this virtue; and I believe there are few persons who, if they please to reflect on their past lives, will not find, that had they saved all those little sums which they have spent unnecessarily, they might at present have been masters of a competent fortune. Diligence justiy claims the next place to thrift; I find both these excellently well recommended to common use in the three following Italian proverbs :
Never do that by proxy which you can do yourself.
Never neglect small matters and expenses. A third instrument in growing rich is method in business, which, as well as the two fornier, is also attainable by persons of the meanest capacities.
The famons De Witt, one of the greatest statesmen of the age in which he lived, being asked by a friend how he was able to despatch that multitude of affairs in which he was engaged, replied: “That his whole art consisted in doing one thing at once. If,' says he, I have any necessary despatches to make, I think of nothing else until those are finished ; if any domestic affairs require my attention, I give myself up wholly to them until they are set in order.'
In short, we often see men of dull and phlegmatic tempers arriving to great estates, by making a regular and orderly disposition of their business; and that, without it, the greatest parts and most lively imaginations rather puzzle their affairs, than bring them to a happy issue.
From what has been said, I think I may lay it down as a maxim, that every man of good common sense may, if he pleases, in his particular station of life, most certainly be rich. The reason why we sometimes see that men of the greatest capacities are not so, is either because they despise wealth in comparison of something else, or, at least, are not content to be getting an estate unless they may do it their own way, and at the same time enjoy all the pleasures and cratifications of life.
But besides these ordinary forms of growing rich, it must be allowed that there is room for genius as well in this as in all other circums:ances of life.
Though the ways of getting money were long since very bumerous, and though 80 many new ones hav: been found out of late years, there is certainly still remaining so large a field for invention, that a man of an indifferent head might easily sit down and draw up such a plan for the conduct and support of his life, as was never yet once thought of.
We daily see methods put in practice by hungry and ingenious men, which demonstrate the power of invention in this particular.
It is reported of Scaramouche, the first famous Italian comedian, that being in Paris, and in great want, he bethought himself of constantly plying near the door of a noted perfumer in that city, and when any one came out who had been buying snuff, never failed to desire a taste of them; when he had by this means got together a quantity made up of several different sorts, he sold it again at a lower rate to the same perfuiner, who, finding out the trick, called it Tabac de mille fleurs, or, 'Snuff of a thonsand flowers. The story further tells us, that by this means he got a very comfortable subsistence, until, making too much haste to grow rich, he one day took such an unreasonable pinch out of the box of a Swiss officer, as engaged him in a quarrel, and obliged him to quit this ingenious way of life.
Nor can I in this place omit doing justice to a youth of my own country, who, though he is scarce yet twelve years old, has, with great industry and application, attained to the art of heating the Grenadiers' March on his chin. I am credibly informed, that by this means he does not only maintain himself and his mother, but that he is layiug up money every day, with a design, if the war continues, to purchase a drum at least, if not a pair of colours.
I shall conclude these instances with the device of the famous Rabelais, when he was at a great distance from Huris, and without money to bear his expenses thither. This ingenious author being thus sharp set, got together a convenient quantity of brick-dust, and having disposed of it into several papers, writ upon one, Poison for Monsieur ;' upon a second, 'Poison for the Dauphin ;' and on a third, · Poison for the King. Having made this provision for the royal family of France, he laid his papers so that his landlord, who was an inquisitive man, and a good subject, might get a sight of them.
The plot succeeded as he desired; the host gave immediate intelligence to the secretary of state. The secretary presently sent down a special messenger, who brought up the traitor to court, and provided him at the king's cxpense with proper accommodations on the road. As soon as he appeared, he was known to be the celcbrated Rabelais; and his powder upon examination being found very innocent, the jest was only laughed at; for which a less eminent droll would have been sent to the galleys.
Trade and commerce might doubiless be still varied a thousand ways, out of which would arise such branches as have not yet been touched. The famous Doily is still fresh in every one's memory. who raised a fortune by finding out materials for such stuffs as might at once be cheap and genteel. I have heard it affirmed, that, had not he discovered this frugal method of gratifying our pride, we should hardly have been so well able to carry on the last war.
I regard trade not only as highly advantageous to the commonwealth in general, but as the inost natural and likely method of making a man's fortune, having observed, since my being a Spectator in the world, greater estates got about 'Chauge than at Whitehall or St. James's. I believe I may also add, that the first acquisitions are generally attended with more satisfaction, and as good a conscience.
I inust not, however, close this essay without observing, that what has been said is only intended for persons in the common ways of thriving, and is not des gned for those men who, from low beginnings, push themselves up to the top of stites and the most considerable figures in life. My maxim of saving is not designed for such as these, since nothing is more usual than for thrift to disappoint the ends of ambi.' tion; it being almost impossible that the mind should be intent upon trifles, while it is, at the same time, forining some great design.
Jonn HUGHES (1677-1720) was another frequent contributor to the *Spectator.' He wrote two papers and several letters in the Tatler,' eleven papers and thirteen letters in the Spectator,' and two papers in the Guardian. The high reputation which he at one time enjoyed as a writer of verse, has now justly declined. In translation, however, both in poetry and prose, he made some successful efforts. Of several dramatic pieces which he produced, The Siege of Damascus' is the best. Addison had a higli opinion of the dramatic taler & of Hughes, and even requested him to write a conclusion to his tragedy of Cato,' which had lain long past him in an incomplete state. But shortly afterwards Addison 'took fire himself, and went through with the fifth act.' The reputation of Huglies was well sustained by the manner in which he edited the works of Spenser. The virtues of this estimable person-who died at the age of forty-threewere affectionately commemorated by Sir Richard Steele in a publication called 'The Theatre,'
THEOLOGIANS AND METAPHYSICIANS.
DR. RICHARD BENTLEY (1662–1742) was perhaps the greatest classical scholar that England has produced. He was the son of a small farmer near Wakefield, in Yorkshire, educated at Cambridge, and became chaplain to Stillingficet, bishop of Worcester. He was afterwards appointed preacher of the lecture instituted by Boyle for the defence of Christianity, and delivered a series of discourses against atheism. In these Bentley introduced the discoveries of Newton as illustrations of his argument, and the lectures were highly popular. His next public appearance was in the famous controversy with the Honourable Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery, relative to the genuineness of the Greek epistles of Phalaris. This controversy we have spoken of in the notice of Sir William Temple (ante). Most of the wits and scholars of that period joined with Boyle against Bentley; but he triumphantly established his position that the epistles are spurious, while the poignancy of his wit and sarcasm, and the sagacity evinced in his conjectural emendations, were unequalled among lis Oxforul opponents. Bentley was afterwards made master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1716 be was also appointed regius professor of divinity. He published editions of Horace, Terence, and Phædrus. The talent lie had displayed in making emendations on the classics tempted him, in an evil hour,' to cdit Milton's 'Paradise Lost' in the same spirit. He assumed, without the slightest authority, that Milton's text had been tampered with, owing to bis blindness. The critic was then advanced in years, and had lost some portion of his critical sagacity and discernment, wbile it is doubtful if he could ever have entered into the loftier conceptions and sublime flights of the English poet. His edition was a decided failure. Some of his emendations destroy the bappiest and choicest expressions of the poet. The sublime line,
No light, but rather darkness visible, Bentley renders :
No light, but rather a transpicuous gloom. Another fine Miltonic passage:
Our torments also may in length of time
Become our elemients, is reduced into prose as follows:
Then as 'twas well observed, our torments may
Become our elements. Such a critic could never have possessed poetical sensibility, how. ever extensive and minute might be his verbal knowledge of the classics. Bentley died at Cambridge in 1742. He seems to have been the impersonation of a combative spirit. His college-life was spent in continual war with all who were officially connected with him. He is said one day, on finding his son reading a novel, to have remarked : Why read a book that you cannot quote ?'- '-a saying which affords an amusing illustration of the nature and object of his literary studies.
Authority of Reason in Religious Matters. We confess ourselves as much concerned, and as truly as (the deists] themselves are, for the use and authority of reason in controversies of faith.
We look upon right reason as the native lamp of the soul, placed and kindled there by onr Creator, to conduct us in the whole course of our judgments and actions. True reason, like its divine Author, never is itself deceived, por ever deceives any man. Even revelation itself is not shy nor unwilling to ascribe its own first credit and fundamental authority to the test and testimony of reason. Sound reason is the touchstone to distinguish that pure and genuine gold from baser metals; revelation truly divine, from imposture and enthusiasm: so that the Christian religion is so far from declining or fearing the strictest trials of reason, that it everywhere appeals to it; is defended and supported by it; and indeed cannot continue, in the apostle's description (James, i. 27), .pure and undefiled' without it. It is the benefit of reason alone, under the Providence and Spirit of God, that we ourselves are at this day a rcformed orthodox church: that we departed from the errors of popery, and that we kucw, too, where to stop; neither running into the extravagances of fanaticism, nor slid
ing into the indifferency of libertinism. Whatsoever, therefore, is inconsistent with natural reason, can never be justly imposed as an article of faith. That the same body is in many places at once, that plain bread is not bread; such things, though they be said with never so much pomp and claim to infallibility, we have still greaier authority to reject them, as being contrary to common sense and our natural faculties; as subverting the foundations of all faith, even the grounds of their own credit, and all the principles of civil life.
So far are we from contending with our adversaries about the dignity and authority of reason; but then we differ with them about the exercise of it, and the extent of its province. For the deists there stop, and set bounds to their faith, where rea80n, their only guide, does not lead the way further, and walk along before them. We, on the contrary, as (Deut. xxxiv,) Moses was shewn by divine power a true sight of the promised land, though himself could not pass over to it, so we think reasou may receive from revelation some further discoveries and new prospects of things, and be fully convinced of the reality of them; though itself cannot pass on, nor travel those regions ; cannot penetrate the fund of those truths, nor advance to the utmost bounds of them. For there is certainly a wide difference between what is contrary to reason, and what is superior to it, and out of its reach.
DR. FRANCIS ATTERBURY.
DR. FRANCIS ATTERBURY (1662–1732), an Oxford divine and zeal. ous high-churchman, was one of the conibatants in the critical war: fare with Beniley about the epistles of Phalaris. Originally tutor to Lord Orrery, lie was, in 1713, rewarded for his Tory zeal by being named Bishop of Rochester. Under the new dynasty and Whig government, his zeal carried him into treasonable practices, and in 1722 he was apprehended on suspicion of being concerned in a plot to restore the Pretender, and was committed to the Tower. A bill of pains and penalties was preferred against him; he made an eloquent defence, but was deposed and outlawed. Atterbury now went into exile, and resided first at Brussels, and afterwards at Paris, continuing to correspond with Pope, Bolingbroke and his other Jacobite friends, till his death. The works of this accomplished, but restless and aspiring prelate consisted of four volumes of sermons, some visitation charges, and his epistolary correspondence, which was extensive. His style is easy and elegant, and he was a very impressive preacher. The good taste of Atterbury is seen in his admiration of Milton, before fashion had sanctioned the applause of the great poet. His letters to Pope breathe the utmost affection and tenderness. The following farewell letter to the poet was sent from the Tower, April 10, 1723:
DEAR SIR-I thank yon for all the instances of your friendship, both before and since my misfortunes. A little time will complete them, and separate you and me for ever. But in what part of the world soever I am, I will live mindful of your sincere kindness to me; and will please myself with the thought that I still live in your esteem and affection as much as ever I did ; and that no accident of life, no distance of time or place, will alter you in that respect. It never can me, who have loved and valued you ever since I knew you, and shall not fail to do it when I am not allowed to tell you so, as the case will soon be. Give my faithful services to Dr. Arbuthnot, and thanks for what he sent me, which was much to the purpose, if anything can be said to be to the purpose in a case that is already determined. Let him kuow my defence will be such, that neither my friends need blush for me, oor will my enemies have great occasion to triumph, though sure of the victory. I shay