Here’s What the Humourist Has in Store for the Remainder of February!

Tuesday, February 12

  • The Humourist takes on the Critics:  “Our modern Critics arrogate to themselves what does not belong to them:  They are Poets, Philosophers, and Divines; they are Orators, Statesmen and Prime Ministers; they are as knowing in Science as mechanic Operations:  In short, a Critic is an Abstract of every Thing …”

Tuesday, February 19

  • The Humourist explores the topic of Man as a social Animal:  “If there are (and no one will dispute it) any Degrees of Subordination in Characters, superior to those created by human Foresight, for Order and Distinction, it is Benevolence, mutual Aid, Friendship, and Charity, and these alone form the noblest Picture of true Greatness.”

Tuesday, February 26

  • The Humourist himself becomes a Critic as he analyzes and comments on the “Ballad of Moore of Moore-Hall”:  “The other Day I took a Ride upon my good Horse Pegasus, and (being in a whimsical Mood) I clapped into my Pocket the excellent Ballad of Moore of Moore-Hall, and as it required some Attention, the Humourist was not short in that Duty.”
  • And, and as a special treat, ALICE WISH-FOR’T writes a letter to the Humourist exploring Imports and Exports and making strong claims for buying Carolina products:  “all the Furniture of my House, etc. is of Carolina Make; so is my riding Chair, and most of my Cloaths; and Mr. Scott’s Beer (as soon as I saw his Advertisement) had the Preference to all foreign Liquours, and is become my constant Drink.”

2 thoughts on “Here’s What the Humourist Has in Store for the Remainder of February!

  1. Dear Wired Professor: Today’s message was worth its weight (or wait) in gold, simply for the word “arrogate”(v), neither ever having heard nor seen in print, and which I will immediately arrogate (to claim or seize without justification) and use wherever and whenever possible… I will live a renewed life of arrogation. Can one enter, unjustified, at the arrogate?


    • Thank you for your delightful play on words: weight and wait! And, I agree: arrogate is worth its weight in gold and it’s worth waiting for! It’s a new word for me, too, and I shall use it as often as possible. “Can one enter, unjustified, at the arrogate?” Indeed, you are at your best by asking this question! Now, you REALLY are playing on words and the sounds (or, near-sounds) of words! As I am sure you know, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV).


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