The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 eBook

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[Footnote 5:  ‘The Fortune Hunters, or Two Fools Well Met,’ a Comedy first produced in 1685, was the only work of James Carlile, a player who quitted the stage to serve King William III. in the Irish Wars, and was killed at the battle of Aghrim.  The crowning joke of the second Act of ‘the Fortune Hunters’ is the return at night of Mr. Spruce, an Exchange man, drunk and musical, to the garden-door of his house, when Mrs. Spruce is just taking leave of young Wealthy.  Wealthy hides behind the pump.  The drunken husband, who has been in a gutter, goes to the pump to clean himself, and seizes a man’s arm instead of a pump-handle.  He works it as a pump-handle, and complains that ‘the pump’s dry;’ upon which Young Wealthy empties a bottle of orange-flower water into his face.]

[Footnote 6:  In the third act of Fletcher’s comedy of the ‘Pilgrim’, Pedro, the Pilgrim, a noble gentleman, has shown to him the interior of a Spanish mad-house, and discovers in it his mistress Alinda, who, disguised in a boy’s dress, was found in the town the night before a little crazed, distracted, and so sent thither.  The scene here shows various shapes of madness,

                          Some of pity
  That it would make ye melt to see their passions,
  And some as light again.

One is an English madman who cries, ‘Give me some drink,’

Fill me a thousand pots and froth ’em, froth ’em!

Upon which a keeper says: 

Those English are so malt-mad, there’s no meddling with ’em. 
When they’ve a fruitful year of barley there,
All the whole Island’s thus.

We read in the text how they had produced on the stage of Drury Lane that madman on the previous Saturday night; this Essay appearing on the breakfast tables upon Monday morning.]

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[Footnote 8:  King Latinus to Turnus in Act II., sc. 10, of the opera of ‘Camilla’.  Posterity will never know in whose person ’Latinus, king of Latium and of the Volscians,’ abdicated his crown at the opera to take the Queen of England’s shilling.  It is the only character to which, in the opera book, no name of a performer is attached.  It is a part of sixty or seventy lines in tyrant’s vein; but all recitative.  The King of Latium was not once called upon for a song.]

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For the Good of the Publick.

Within two Doors of the Masquerade lives an eminent Italian Chirurgeon,
                arriv’d from the Carnaval at Venice,
                of great Experience in private Cures. 
                    Accommodations are provided,
           and Persons admitted in their masquing Habits.

He has cur’d since his coming thither, in less than a Fortnight,
Four Scaramouches,
a Mountebank Doctor,
Two Turkish Bassas,
Three Nuns,
and a Morris Dancer.

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