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temper of mind were at first only speaking civilly to his customers, singing a pig with a new purchased libel, and refusing two and nine-pence for Sir Richard Blackmore's Essays.
As the poor man's frenzy increased, he began to void his excrements in his bed, read Rochester's bawdy poems to his wife, gave Oldmixon a slap on the chops, and would have kissed Mr. Pemberton's by violence.
But at last he came to such a pass, that he would dine upon nothing but copper-plates, took a clyster for a whipt syllabub, and made Mr. Lintot eat a suppository, for a radish, with bread and but
We leave it to every tender wife to imagine, how sorely all this afflicted poor Mrs. Curll: at first she privately put a bill into several churches, desiring the prayers of the congregation for a wretched stationer distempered in mind. But when she was sadly convinced that his misfortune was public to all the world, she writ the following letter to her good neighbour Mr. Lintot:
A true copy of Mrs. Curll's letter to Mr. Lintot.
"WORTHY MR. LINTOT,
"You and all the neighbours know too well the frenzy with which my poor man is visited. I never perceived he was out of himself, till that melancholy day that he thought he was poisoned in a glass of sack; upon this he ran a-vomiting all over the house, nay, in the new-washed dining
A further Account of the most deplorable Condition of MR. EDMUND CURLL, Bookseller.
THE public is already acquainted with the manner of Mr. Curll's impoisonment, by a faithful, though unpolite historian of Grub-street. I am but the continuer of his history; yet I hope a due distinction will be made between an undignified scribbler of a sheet and half, and the author of a three-penny stitched book, like myself.
Wit," saith Sir Richard Blackmore,* " "proceeds from a concurrence of regular and exalted ferments, and an affluence of animal spirits rectified and refined to a degree of purity." On the contrary, when the igneous particles rise with the vital liquor, they produce an abstraction of the rational part of the soul, which we commonly call madness. The verity of this hypothesis is justified by the symptoms with which the unfortunate Mr. Edmund Curll, bookseller, hath been afflicted, ever since his swallowing the poison at the Swan tavern in Fleet-street. For though the neck of his retort, which carries up the animal spirits to the head, is of an extraordinary length; yet the said animal spirits rise muddy, being contaminated with the inflammable particles of this uncommon poison.
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she was sadly convinced that his misfortune was public to all the world, she writ the following letter to her good neighbour Mr. Lintot:
A true copy of Mrs. Curll's letter to Mr. Lintot.
« WORTHY MR. LINTOT,
"You and all the neighbours know too well the frenzy with which my poor man is visited. I never perceived he was out of himself, till that me lancholy day that he thought he was poisoned in a glass of sack: upon this he ran a
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Alas! this is the greatest adversity that ever befel my poor man, since he lost one testicle at school by the bite of a black boar. Good Lord! if he should die, where should I dispose of the stock? unless Mr. Pemberton or you would help a distressed widow; for God knows, he never published any books that lasted above a week, so that if he wanted daily books, we wanted daily bread. I can write no more, for I hear the rap of Mr. Curll's ivory-headed cane upon the counter.-————— Pray recommend me to your pastry-cook, who furnishes you yearly with tarts in exchange for your paper, for Mr. Curll has disobliged ours, since his fits came upon him;-before that we generally lived upon baked meats. He is coming in, and I have but just time to put his son out of the way for fear of mischief: so wishing you a merry Easter, I remain
Your most humble servant,
"P. S. As to the report of my poor husband's stealing o'calf, it is really groundless, for he always binds in sheep."
But return we to Mr. Curll, who all Wednesday continued outrageously mad. On Thursday he had a lucid interval, that enabled him to send a general summons to all his authors. There was but one porter, who could perform this office, to whom he gave the following bill of directions,
where to find them. This bill, together with Mrs. Curll's original letter, lie at Mr. Lintot's shop to be perused by the curious.
Instructions to a porter how to find Mr. Curll's Authors.
"At a tallow-chandler's in Petty France, halfway under the blind arch, ask for the historian. "At the Bedstead and Bolster, a music-house in Moorfields, two translators in a bed together. "At the Hercules and Still in Vinegar-yard, a schoolmaster with carbuncles on his nose.
"At a blacksmith's shop in the Friars, a Pindaric writer in red stockings.
"In the Calendar-mill-room at Exeter-change, a composer of Meditations.
"At the Three Tobacco-pipes in Dog and Bitch yard, one that has been a parson; he wears a blue camblet coat, trimmed with black: my best writer against revealed religion.
"At Mr. Summers, a thief-catcher's, in Lewkner's-lane, the man that wrote against the impiety of Mr. Rowe's plays.
"At the Farthing pye-house in Totting-fields, the young man who is writing my new pastorals.
"At the laundress's, at the Hole in the Wall in Cursitor's-alley, up three pair of stairs, the author of my Church-history,if his flux be overYou may also speak to the gentleman who lies by him in the flock-bed, my index-maker.