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To prove that they who damned us then
Among the inclosures in the foregoing Letter was the
following “ Unanswerable Argument against the Papists.”
We're told the ancient Roman nation
lustralibus antè salivis
Expiat.- Pers. Sat. 2. + I have taken the trouble of examining the Doctor's reference here, and find him, for once, correct. The following are the words of his indignant referee Gallæus :- Asserere non veremur sacrum baptismum a Papistis profanari, et sputi usum in peccatorum expiatione a Paganis non a Christianis manasse.
Now, Irish Papists (fact surprising :)
LETTER V. FROM THE COUNTESS DOWAGER OF CORK TO LADY My dear Lady — ! I've been just sending out About five hundred cards for a snug little rout(By the bye, you've seen Rokeby ?-this moment got mine The Mail-Coach edition * -prodigiously fine !) But I can't conceive how, in this very cold weather, I'm ever to bring my five hundred together ; As, unless the thermometer's near boiling heat, One can never get half of one's hundreds to meet(Apropos-you'd have laughed to see Townsend, last night, Escort to their chairs, with his staff so polite, The "three maiden Miseries," all in a fright! Poor Townsend, like Mercury, filling two posts, Supervisor of thieves, and chief usher of ghosts?) But, my dear Lady - ! can't you hit on some notion, At least for one night to set London in motion ?As to having the Regent, that show is gone byBesides, I've remarked that (between you and I) The Marchesa and he, inconvenient in more ways, Have taken much lately to whispering in doorways; Which-considering, you know, dear, the size of the twoMakes a block that one's company cannot get through, And a house such as mine is, with doorways so small, Has no room for such cumbersome love-work at all ! (Apropos, though, of love-work-you've heard it, I hope, That Napoleon's old Mother's to marry the Pope, What a comical pair !)—but, to stick to my rout, Twill be hard if some novelty can't be struck out. Is there no Algerine, no Kamchatkan, arrived ? No Plenipo Pacha, three-tailed, and ten-wived ? No Russian, whose dissonant consonant name Almost rattles to fragments the trumpet of Fame? I remember the time, three or four winters back, When--provided their wigs were but decently blackA few patriot monsters from Spain were a sight
That would people one's house for one, night after night. * See Mr. Murray's advertisement about the Mail-Coach copies of Rokeby.
But-whether the Ministers pawed them too much-
FROM ABDALLAH, IN LONDON, TO MOHASSAN, IN ISPAHAN.
Whilst thou, Mohassan, (happy thou !)
The slaves of buttons and tight breeches ! * Alluding, I suppose, to the Latin advertisement of a Lusus Naturæ in the newspapers lately.
I have made many inquiries about this Persian gentleman, but cannot satisfactorily ascertain who he is. From his notions of religious liberty, however, I conclude that he is an importation of Ministers; and he is arrived just in time to assist the Pe and Mr. L-ck-e in their new Oriental plan of reform.--See the second of these Letters. How Abdallah's epistle to Ispahan found its way into the Twopenny Post-Bag is more than I can pretend to account for.
Yet, though they thus their knee-pans fetter
Yet, spite of tenets so flagitious,
*"C'est un honnête homme," said a Turkish governor, of De Ruyter, “c'est grand dommage qu'il soit Chrétien."
Sunnites and Shiites are the two leading sects into which the Mahometan world is divided ; and they have gone on cursing and persecuting each other, without any intermission, for about eleven hundred years. The Sunni is the established sect in Turkey, and the Shia in Persia ; and the differences between them turn chiefly upon those important points which our pious friend Abdallah in the true spirit of Shiite ascendancy, reprobates in this letter,
"Les Sunnites, qui étoient comme les Catholiques de Musulmanisme.”— D'Herbelot.
$." In contradistinction to the Sounis, who in their prayers cross their hands on the lower part of the breast, the Schiahs drop their arms in straight lines; and as the Sounis, at certain periods of the prayer, press their foreheads on the ground or carpet, the Schiahs," &c., &c.- Forster's Voyage.
!! “Les Turcs ne détestent pas Ali réciproquement; au contraire, ils le reconnoissent," &c., &c.-Chardin.
1 "The Shiites wear green slippers, which the Sunnites consider as a great abomination." -Mariti.
All orthodox believers beat 'em,
United live and die-
Linked by a hook and eye !*
FROM MESSRS. L-CK-GT-NAND CO. TO
ESQ. Per post, sir, we send your MS.-looked it throughVery sorry—but can't undertake— 'twouldn't do. • This will appear strange to an English reader, but it is literally translated from Abdallah's Persian, and the curious bird to which he alludes is the Juftak, of which I find the following account in Richardson :-"A sort of bird, that is said to have but one wing : on the opposite side to which the male has a hook and the female a ring, so that, when they fly, they are fastened together."
+ From motives of delicacy, and indeed, or fellow feeling, 1 suppress the name of the author, whose reiected manuscript was inclosed in this letter