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This sheet is dedicated to the five days' printed by Mr. Nichols. It was a party of travels, in 1732, of him
pleasure down the river into Kent, underThat drew th' essential form of grace,
taken by Mr. Hogarth, Mr. Scott, and threr That saw the manners in the face,
of their friends, in which they intended to
have more humour than they accomplishea, and four of his friends. “Some few copies as is commonly the case in such meditated rif the Tour," says Horace Walpole, “were attempts. The Tour was described in reret
by one of the company, and the drawings printed in 1781; but that gentleman acexecuted by the painters, but with little merit, quaints us, that it " was the production of except the views taken by Mr. Scott." the ingenious Mr. W. Gostling, of Canter.
Walpole's account is an incorrect and bury," who was not of the party. Nr contemptuous flout of “a merry, and a very Nichols reprinted it at the request of som: merry” party, consisting—besides Hogarth, friends, on account of its rarity, in his and his friend Scott, a landscape painter “ Biographical Anecdotes of Hogarth.” The of Thornhill, (son of sir James, whose account of the “ Tour," really written “ by daughter Hogarth married ;) Tothall, a wool one of the company," was in prose; and lendraper at the corner of Tavistock-court, this, which certainly Walpole had not seen, Coveni-garden, who, being a member of the was edited, and given to the world, by Mr. club at the Bedford coffee-house, became R. Livesay, in 1782, on nine oblong folio intimate with Hogarth ; and Forrest, ano pages, with etchings of the same size. ther of Hogarth's friends. They “ ac The Tour in question was not “medicomplished much“ humour," as their tated." The party set out at midnight, at journal shows; though not to the under- a moment's warning, from the Bedford standing of Walpole, who was only a fine Arms tavern, each with a shirt in his gentleman, a wit, and an adept in artificial pocket. They had particular departments knowledge.
to attend to. Hogarth and Scott made the A few months ago, I heard from the lips drawings; Thornhill (Hogarth's brother-inof the kindest and most exquisite humourist law) the map; Tothall faithfully discharged of the age, what seems to me a perfect the joint office of treasurer and caterer; and definition-" Humour is Wit steeped in Forrest wrote the journal. They were out Mannerism." Walpole could never say, five days only; and on the second night because he never thought, or felt, any thing after their return, the book was produced, like it. He was skilled in imitative mat- bound, gilt, and lettered, and read at the fers alone : he brought himself up to Art, same tavern to the members of the club and there stopped ; his good breeding then present. A copy of the journal having would not permit him to deviate towards been left in the hands of the Rev. Mr. Nature. He talked of it as people of Gostling, (author of " A Walk in and about fashion do of trade-a vulgar thing, which Canterbury,”) he wrote an imitation of it they are obliged to hear something about, in Hudibrastic verse, of which Mr. Nichols and cannot help being influenced by. printed twenty copies as a literary curiosity.*
The “ some few copies of the Tour," The original Tour by Mr. Forrest, and which Horace Walpole says “ were printed the versified version of it, are placed on by Mr. Nichols,” and which he represents the ensuing pages, from the before-menas having been “ described in verse by one tioned editions ; beginning with Forrest's of the company,” Mr. Nichols certainly from the title-page, viz.
AN ACCOUNT OF wuaT SEEMED MOST REMARKABLE IN THE FIVE DAYS' PERE
GRINATION OF FIVE FOLLOWING Persons; viz. Messrs. TOTHALL, SCOTT, HOGARTH, THORNHILL, AND FORREST. Begun on Saturday, May 27th, 1732, and finished on the 31st of the same Month. “ ABI TU, ET FAC SIMILITER."— Inscription on Dulwich College Porch. LONDON : Printed for R.
Livesay, 1782 Saturday, May the 27th, we set out with the place, particularly an explanation of a the morning, and took our departure from Gaffer and Gammer, a little gross, though the Bedford Arms Tavern, in Covent Gar- in presence of two of the fair sex. Here den, to the tune of “ Why should we quar we continued till the clock struck one. rel for riches ?" The first land we made Then set sail in a Gravesend boat we was Billingsgate, where we dropped anchor had hired for ourselves. Straw was our at the Dark House.
bed, and a tilt our covering. The wind There Hogarth made a caracatura of a blew hard at S.E. and by E. We had porter, who called himself the Duke of much rain and no sleep for about three Puddle Dock.* The drawing was (by his hours. At Cuckold's Point we sung St. grace) pasted on the cellar door. We were John, at Deptford Pishoken; and in Blackagreeably entertained with the humours of wall Reach eat hung beef and biscuit, and
drank right Hollands. • It is to be regretted that ais grace's picture was pot preservell in this collection
• Mr. Nichols's account of Hogarth.
At Purfleet we had a view of the Gib- them with one night's lodging, and giving raltar, the Dursley Galley, and Tartar to each fourpence in the morning, p:oPink, men of war, from the last of which vided they are not persons contagiously we took on boård the pilot who brought diseased, rogues, or proctors. her up the channel. He entertained us We saw on the front of a house four with a lieutenant's account of an insult figures in basso relievo after the antique, offered him by the Spaniards, and other done by some modern hand, representing affairs of consequence, which naturally the Seasons; and then came to the Crown made us drowsy; and then Hogarth fell inn at twelve. From that time till dinner asleep, but soon awaring, was going to most of our company slept on several chairs relate a dream he had, but falling asleep in the dining-room. From one o'clock till again, when he awaked forgot he had three we were at dinner on a dish of soles dreamed at all.
and flounders, with crab sauce, a calf's We soon arrived at Gravesend, and heart stuffed and roasted, the liver fried, found some difficulty in getting ashore, and the other appurtenances minced, a occasioned by an unlucky boy's having leg of mutton roasted, and some green placed his boat between us and the land peas, all very good and well drest, with ing-place, and refusing us passage over his good small beer and excellent port.
The vessel ; but, as virtue surmounts all obsta- boy of the house cleaned all our shoes, and cles, we happily accomplished this adven we again set out to seek adventures. ture, and arrived at Mr. Bramble's at six. Hogarth and Scott stopped and played There we washed our faces and hands, and at hop-scotch in the colonnade under the had our wigs powdered; then drank coffee, Town-hall; and then we walked on to eat toast and butter, paid our reckoning, Chatham, bought shrimps and eat them, and set out at eight.
and proceeded by a round-about way to We took a view of the building of the the king's store-houses and dock-yard, New Church, the unknown person's tomb which are very noble. We went on board and epitaph, and the Market place, and the Marlborough and the Royal Sovereign, then proceeded on foot to Rochester. which last is reckoned one of the finest
Nothing remarkable bappened in that ships in the navy. We saw the London, journey, except our calling and drinking the Royal George, and Royal Anne, all three pots of beer at an evil house, (as we first-rate men of war. At six we returned were afterwards informed,) known by the to our quarters at Rochester, and passed sign of the Dover Castle, and some small the time agreeably till nine, and then, quite distress Scott suffered in travelling through fatigued with pleasure, we went to bed. some clay ground moistened by the rain; Sunday at seven awaked. Hogarth and but the country being extremely pleasant Thornhill related their dreams, and we enalleviated his distress, and made him tered into a conversation on that subject in jocund, and about ten we arrived at Ro- bed, and left off no wiser than we begun. chester.
We arose and missed Scott, who soon There we surveyed the fine Bridge, the came, and acquainted us that he had been on cathedral, and the Castle ; last well the bridge drawing a view of some part of worth observing. It is a very high build- the river, (vide Drawing the 2d,) and woning, situate on the river Medway, strong dered at the people staring at him, till be built, but almost demolished. With some recollected it was Sunday. We asked him difficulty we ascended to the top of the to produce the drawing; and he told us he battlements, and took a view of a most had not drawn any thing. We were all beautiful country, a fine river, and some of desirous to have him reconcile this contrathe noblest ships in the world. There is a diction; but other affairs intervening, prevery curious well cut in the middle wall vented our further inquiry. from the top of the Castle, a considerable At nine we breakfasted, and set out over depth below its foundation, as we believed: the bridge, through part of Stroud, and by we saw a little boy go down towards the the Medway side. Going through the bottom of it by small holes cut in the sides, fields, we were attacked by a severe shower wherein he placed his hands and feet, and of rain; to escape which Scott retired under soon returned, bringing up with him a a hedge, and lying down had the misfortune young daw he had taken out of a nest to soil the back of his coat. Uneasy there.
at this, and requiring assistance to be We afterwards traversed the city, saw cleaned he missed a white cambric the Town-house, Watts's Hospital for relief handkerchief, which he declared was lent of six travelling persons, by entertaining him by his spouse; and though he soon
found it, yet was his joy at that success man might go over but not througa the again abaied by his fear that it was torn; world; and, for example, pointed to the but being soon convinced that he was more earth, and asked us to go through that eleafraid than hurt, we all proceeded merrily ment. Our fixed opinion was, that his to Frendsbury
argument had less weight than his coats We there viewed the church and churche pockets, which were, by some of the com. yard, pleasantly situated. There are some pany, filled with pebble-stones, unperceived had epitaphs, and in the church is hung up by thim, and be carried them some time; a list of benefactions to the parish, at the but at last discovering the trick, and being bottom of wbich there is wrote, “ Witness thereby in a condition to knock down all our hands,” and subscribed with the name opposition to his argument, we acquiesced. of “ William Gibbons, Vicar," only. This At five we took a view of Stoke Church, seemed a little odd; but being in such a and passed through the church-yard, but place we imagined there might be some saw nothing worth observation till we mystery in it, so inquired no further. came to a farm-house not far distant; where,
At ten we walked on, and calling a on an elm-tree at the door was placed a council among ourselves, it was proposed, high pole, with a board that moved with that if any one was dissatisfied with our the wind, painted in form of a cock, over past proceedings, or intended progress, he which was a fane weather.cock, and above might depatriate, and be allowed money to that a shuttle-cock. This variety of cocks bear his charges. It was unanimously re afforded much speculation. jected, and resolved to proceed to Upnor. At North-street, a little village we passed
We viewed, and Hogarth made a draw. through, we all agreed to quarrel; and being of the castle, and Scott of some ship- ing near a well of water full to the brim, ping riding near it (vide Drawing the 3d). We dealt about that ammunition for some The castle is not very large, but strong, time, till the cloaths and courage of the garrisoned with twenty-four men, and the combatants were sufficiently cooled; and like number of guns, though no more than then, all pleased, travelled on to the towa eight are mounted. I went and bought of Stock, and took up our quarters at the cockles of an old blind man and woman, Nag's Head. who were in a little cock-boat on the river. At six, whilst supper was getting ready, We made a hurry-scurry dinner at the we walked out to iake a view of the low Smack at the ten-gun baitery, and had a countries thereabouts; and, on an adjacent battle-royal with sticks, pebbles, and hog's plain, another sharp engagement happened, dung. In this fight Tothalt was the great in which Tothall and Scott both suffered, est sufferer, and his cloaths carried the by their cloaths being daubed with soft marks of his disgrace. Some time this cow-dung. occasioned much laughter, and we marched At seven we returned back and cleaned on to the bird's-nest battery; and, keeping ourselves; supped, and adjourned to the the river and shipping still in view, passed door; drank punch, stood and sat for our over the hills, and came to Hoo church- pictures drawn by llogarth, for which see yard, where, on a wooden rail over a grave, Drawing the 3d. Night coming on, we is an epitaph, supposed to be wrote by a drew cuts who should lie single, there maid-servant on her master, which, being being but three beds, and no night-caps. something extraordinary, I shall here tran- The lot fell to Tothall, and he had the satisscribe verbatim :
faction of lying alone
At ten went to bed, and had much And. wHen. he. Died. you. plain Ly. see.
laughter at Scott and I being forced to lie Hee. freely. gave. al. to. Sara. passa. Wee.
together. They threw the stocking, fought And. in. Doing. so. if. DoTh. prevail. that. Ion, him. can. Well. bes Tow. this Rayel.
perukes, and did a great many pretty tricks Oa. Year. I. sarved. him. it. is. well. None.
in a horn, and then left us. At eleven we BUT. Thanks. beto. God. it. is. al.
arose again, without a candle, and dressed ourselves, our sheets being very damp; then went to bed again in our cloaths, and slept
till three. At four we left Hoo and an agreeable Monday at three, awaked and cursed our widow landlady, who had buried four hus- day; our eyes, lips, and hands, being toro bands. As we travelled along this charm. mented and swelled by the biting of gnats. ing country, the weather was exceeding Notwithstanding this, the God of Sleep pleasant, and Scott (according to custom) being powerful, we soon forgot our miseries, mad us laugh by attempting to prove, a and submitted to be bound fast again in his
leaden chains, so which condition we re merrily, and arrived at Queenborough about mained till six; then arose, had our shoes two. cleaned, were shaved, and had our wigs The town is but one street, situate on flowered, by a fisherman in his boots and the east side of a creek, called after the shock hair, without coat or waistcoat, vide town's name, and branching out of the Drawing the 4th. We had milk and toast Medway near the town. The street is clean for breakfast, paid our reckoning, and set and well paved (for a more exact descripout for Sheerness at eight.
tion see the 6th drawing), and answers the We passed down Stock Marshes, being description I have had of a Spanish town, directed to keep the road-way, which being viz. there is no sign of any trade, nor were heavy walking (much rain having fallen the many buman creatures to be seen at our preceding night) I prevailed on the com first arrival. The church is low and ill pany to follow me over a style, which led built: among many tomb-stones there are along the beach by a creek side, imagining but few epitaphs worth noting, and the it as near and a better way; but was de- most material I take to be the following ceived, and led the company about two one, viz. miles astray ; bu* getting into the right
Henry Knight Master of a Shipp to Greenland and road, we soon entered the Isle of Grain, (so
Herpooner 24 Voyages called from its fruitfulness, as I conjecture,) and near the church there, we stopped at
In Greenland I whales Sea horses Bears did Slay
Though Now my Body is Intombe in Clay the Chequer ale-house, kept by Goody Hubbard, who entertained us with salt pork, The town-house or clock-house (as it is hread, butter, and buns, and good malt called) stanas in the middle of the street, liquor. Here Scott left and lost his pen- supported by four piers, which form four knife, value five shillings. We expected arches, and (it being holiday) was decorated to have got a boat here to carry us over to with a flag, in which is delineated the arms Sheerness; but the ferry-man did not care of the corporation. We took up our quarto go, and another person we would have ters at the Red Lion (which the people call employed for that purpose sent us word, the Swans) fronting the river, and met with that the wind blew too hard. But our a civil, prating landlady; but she being landlady put us into a method by which unprovided with beds, we applied to a we might possibly get a passage; and that merry woman at a private house, who fur. was, to go down the marshes towards the nished us with what we wanted. We then sall-houses, and endeavour to hail the shins took another walk up the town, bad a view in ordinary, and by that means get one of of the inside of the church, and a contheir boats. We accordingly went down ference with the grave-digger, who informed to the shore, which was covered with variety us of the state of the corporation. Among of shells, and accidentally espied a little other things we were told, that the mayor boat coming on our side the water below is a custom-house officer, and the parson a us, which Thornhill and Tothall went down sad dog. We found, to our sorrow, that to meet, and brought up to us, and with although the town has two market-days, some difficulty took us in the manner of yet there was not one piece of fresh meat of our embarking is delineated in the 5th any sort, nor any poultry or fish, except drawing); and we set sail for Sheerness. lobsters, to be got; with which, and some The sea ran high the wind blowing hard eggs and bacon, we made our supper. at S.W. and by S. In our passage we had We walked up the hill behind the town, the pleasure of seeing and hearing the guns to a well of very good water; over which fired from the fort and the men of war, and (we were informed) a palace formerly stood, about twelve we landed. We traversed the built by King Edward the Third for his fort, went round the lines, saw all the for- Queen Philippa. Whilst we were at the tifications and batteries, and had a delight. well, two sailors came and drew a bucket ful prospect of the sea and the island of of water to drink, and told us, that they Sheppy. Scott was laughed at for smelling and four more, belonging to the Rose man to the touch-holes of some of the guns of war, were obliged the day before to at. lately discharged ; and so was Hogarth, tend one of their midshipmen, a son of for sitting down to cut his toe-nails in the General $--, in a yawl up the creek, and garrison. At one we set out for Queen run the vessel ashore, where the midshipborough, to which place we walked along man left them, (without any sustenance, the beach, which the spray flew over in many but a few cockles, or one penny of money places. Thornhill fell down, and slightly to buy any,) and went to Sheerness, and hurt his leg; yet we all perambulated was not yet returned, and they half-starvard.