chose to make it your self, you must be sure not to omit the Words (Illegible) Sure, which will Beautify it exceedingly.
For the Subject of your Elegy. Take one of your Neighbours who has lately departed this life; it is no great matter at what Age the Party dy'd, but it will be best if he went away suld only, being Kill'd, Drown'd, or Froze to Death.
Having those the Person, take all Instuctions, Excellencies and if he have not enough, you may borrow some to make up a sufficient Quantity: To these add his last Words, dying Expressions, & C if they are to be had, mix all those together, and before you strain them well. Then season all with a Handful or two of Melancolly Expressions, such as; Dreadful, Deadly, cruel, cold Death, unhappy Fate, weeping Eyes, & C. Have mixed all these Ingredients well, put them into the empty Scull of some young Harvard; (but in Case you have ne'er a One at Hand, you may use your own) there let them Ferment for the Space of a Fortnight, and by that Time they will be incorporated into a body, which take out, and baying prepared a sufficient Quantity of double Rhimes, such as, Power, Flower; Quiver, Shiver, Grieve us, Leave us; tell you, excel you; Expeditions, Physicians; Fatigue him, Intrigue him, & C. you must spread all upon Paper, and if you can procure a Scrap of Latin to put at the End, it will garnish it mightily; then having affixed your name at the Bottom. with a Moestus Composult, you will have an Excellent Elegy.
N.B. This Receipt will serve when a Female is the Subject of your Elegy, provided you borrow a greater Quantity of Virtues, Excellencies, &c.
P.S. I shall make no other Answer to Hypercarpus's Criticisim on my last Letter than this, Mater me genuit, peperit [illegible] filia matrem.
The following Lines coming to Hand soon after I had receiv'd the above Letter from Mrs. Dogood, I think it proper to insert them in this Paper, that the Dr. may at once be paid for his Physical Rhimes administred to the Dead.
To the Sage and Immortal, Doctor H------K, on his Incomparable ELEGY, upon the Death of Mrs. Mehitebell Kitel, &c.
Thou hast, great Bard, in thy Mysterious Ode,
Gone in a Path which ne'er before was trod,
And freed the World from the vexatious Toil,
Of Numbers, Metaphors, of Wit and Strile,
Those Childish Ornaments, and gravely chose
The middle Way between good Verse and Prose.
Well might the RhimingTribe the Work decline,
Since 'twas too great for every Pen but thine.
What Scribbling Mortal date the Bayes divide?
Thou shalt alone in Fame's bright Chariot rise;
For thou with matchless Skill and Judgement fraught,
Hast Learned Doggrell, to Perfection brought.
The loftyest Piece renowed LAW can show,
Deferves less Wonder, than to thine we owe.
No more shall TOM's but henceforth thine shall be,
The Standard of Eleg'ac Poetry.
The healing Race thy Genius shall admire,
And thee to imitate in vain aspire:
For if by Chance a Patient you should kill,
You can Embalm his Memory with your Quill.
What tho' some captious Criticks discommend,
And boldly doom to some Ignoble Use,
The Shining Product of thy Fertile Muse?
From your exhaustless Magazine of Sence
to their Confusion keen Replies dispence;
And them behold with a Contemptuous Mien,
Since not a Bard can boast, of such a Strain.
By none but you cou'd Kitel's Worth be efhown;
And none but your great Self can tell your Own;
Then least what is your due should not be said,
Write your own Elegy against you're Dead.
London, April 10. We have advice from Vienna, that the Great Master of Malta has represented to the Viceroys of Naples and Sicily, that it looks as if the Turks designed to fall upon that Island with all their Power, and therefore he desires to be assisted with Men and Ammunition. The latter part of his Request has been granted, but the First denied.
From Leghorn we hear, That the Master of a Dutch Vessel arrived there from Thessalonica, relates that abundance of Turkish Vessels are come into the Port, laden with Warlike Stores, for supplying the Places on that Coast. He adds, That all the Merchant Ships in the Ports of the Levant, have Orders to repair to Constantinople, to be employed in the Service of the Grand Seignior. It is taken for granted, that a Rupture with the Venetians will suddenly ensue.
All Italy in general, and the Republick of Venice in particular are under dreadful Apprehensions from the Military Preparations of the Turks.
Boston, June 25. We have advice from the Eastward, that the Indians there are again in Arms, and have burnt several Houses, kill'd a considerable number of Cattle, and taken five Men Prisoners, and one or two Sloops bound to this Place, from Annapolis'Royal. Six Indians came arm'd on board a Scooner, which lay at Anchor, and bound two of the Men. (there being but one more on board who made no Resistance) but while they were plundering the Vessel, the Men found means to free themselves, and after a short Skirmish thew 4 of the Indians over-board, who (tis' laid) are all drown'd: The other two made their Escape, and is said the two Men are pretty much wounded by the Indians.
Custom House, Boston. Entred Inwards. Tuck and Stone from New Hamshire, Joseph Allen, William Green, John Prince, Ebenezer Davis, Josseph Gorham from Connecticut, John Sampron, Hosea L'hommedieu, Benjamin L'hommedieu, and Jonathan Bayly from Long Island, John Daskins from New York, John Barttlett from Nova Cesaria, Francis Frederick from Annapolis Royal, William Mason from Maryland, Jonah Doty, Miles Gale from North Carolina, Thomas Lathrop from Madera, John Peck from Martineco, John Anthony from Exon.
Edward Beale and Michael Bowden for New Hamshire, John Knowles, Jonah Gross, James Cobb for Connecticut, Thomas Mathews for Long Island, Raplh Ellingwood for Newport, Lewis Littleton and Stephen Walker for Newfoundland, John Gibbs for Bermunda, Thomas Coverly for Bahama, Armout Schermerhoom for New York Jostan Doty and Richard Langdon for North Carolina, Joseph Clark for Jamaica, and Nath. Montgomery for Great Britain, Thomas Mousell for Virginia, Joseph Kidder for Barbadoes.
William Green, and Joseph Allen for Connecticut, Hosea L'hommedieu, and Jonathan Bayly for Long Island, Issaac James for Canso, Peter King for Barbadoes, Ebenezer Simmonds for South Carolina, and Henry Clark Ship Patience and Judith for London.