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rather an ungrateful task in this city, and as wę jnean to be perfectly good-natured, he has promised to be cautious in this particular. He recollects perfectly the time when young ladies used to go sleigh-riding, at night, without their mammas or grand-mammas ; in short, without being matronized at all : and can relate a thousand pleasant stories about Kissing-bridge. He likewise remembers the time when ladies paid tea-visits, at three in the afternoon, and returned before dark to see that the house was shut up and the servants on duty. He has often played cricket in the orchard in the rear of old Vauxhall, and remembers when the Bull's-head was quite out of town. Though he has slowly and gradually given into modern fashions, and still flourishes in the beau-monde, yet he seems a little prejudiced in favor of the dress and manners of the old school; and his chief commendation of a new mode is, “that it is the same good old fashion we had before the war.” It has cost us inuch trouble to make him confess that a cotillion is superior to a minuet, or an unadorned erop. to a pig-tail and powder. Custom and fashion have, however, had more effect on him than all our lectures; and he tempers, so happily, the rrave and ceremonious gallantry of the old school. with the “ hail fellow" familiarity of the new, that, we trust, on a little acquaintance, and making allowance for his old-fashioned prejudices, he will become a very considerable favorite with our readers ;--if not, the worse for themselves; as they will have to endure his company.
In the territory of criticism, William WizArd, esq. has undertaken to preside; and though we may all dabble in it a little by turns, yet we have willingly ceded to him all discretionary powers in this respect. Though Will has not had the advantage of an education at Oxford or Cambridge, or even at Edinburgh, or Aberdeen, and though he is but little versed in hebrew, yet we have no doubt he will be found fully competent to the undertaking He has improved his taste by a long residence abroad, particularly at Canton, Calcutta, and the gay and polished court of Hayti. He has also had an opportunity of seeing the best singing-girls and tragedians of China, is a great connoisseur in mandarine dresses, and porcelain, and particularly values himself on his intimate knowledge of the buffalo, and war dances of the northern indians. He is likewise proinised the assistance of a gentleman, lately from London, who was born and bred in that centre of science and bongout, the vieinity of Fleet
market, where he has been edified, man and boy, these, six-and-twenty years, with the harmonious jingle of Bow-bells. His taste, therefore, has ats tained to such an exquisite pitch of refinement that there are few exhibitions of any kind which do not put him in a fever. He has assured Will, that if mr. Cooper emphasises "and" instead of " but"-or mrs. Oldmixon pins her kerchief a hair's breadth awry_or mrs. Darley offers to dare to look less than the “ daughter of a senator of Venice"- the standard of a senator's daughter being exactly six feet- they shall all hear of it in good time. We have, however, advised Will Wizard to keep his friend in check, lest by opening the eyes of the public to the wretchedness of the aetors, by whom they have hitherto been entertained, he might cut off one source of amusement from our fellow-citizens. We hereby give notice, that we have taken the whole corps, from the manager in his mantle of gorgeous copper-lace, to honest John in his green coat and black breeches, under our wing and wo be unto him who injures a hair of their heads. As we have no design against the patience of our fellow-citizens, we shall not dose them with copious draughts of theatrical criticism; we well know that they have already been well physick
ed with them of late : our theatrics shall take up
We again advise them, for their own sakes, to read our papers when they come out. We recommend to all mothers to purchase them for their daughter's, who will be taught the true line of propriety, and the most adviseable method of managing their beaux. We advise all daughters to purchase them for the sake of their mothers, who shall be initiated into the arcana of the bon ton, and cured of all those rusty old notions which they acquired during the last century: parents shall be taught how to govern their children, girls how to get husbands, and old maids how to do without them.
As we do not measure our wits by the yard or the bushel, and as they do not how periodically nor constantly, we shall not restrict our paper as to size or the time of its appearance. It will be published whenever we have sufficient matter to constituie a number, and the size of the number shall depend on the stock in hand. This will best suit our negligent habits, and leave us that full liberty and independence which is the joy and pride of our souls. As we have before hinted, that we do not concern ourselves about the pecuniary matters of our paper, we leave its price ta be regulated by our publisher ; only recommendang hip, for his own interest, and the honor of his