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Examples of Jest
Are not the Plays, (if not by Design) yet by a natural and necessary Consequence, an _undermining_ of his Laws, and an _Attempt_ upon his Government?
Is the _Stage_, as 'tis now manag'd, any thing else but a downright Rebellion against God and his Holy Religion?
Whether they are not carrying on the Designs of the great Enemy of Mankind?
This is the Opinion, _Madam_, of that Excellent Man: and, one would think, it should put those Persons who are the Encouragers of Plays, and the Frequenters of them, when they read it, upon an Enquiry, What it is they are doing?
I before have told you, Madam; with this addition, which but for him I never shou'd have known).
I say it, tolerably handsome then) was very civil to me, and treated me with much respect, giving me a good Dish of Fish for Supper, which with good Store of Wine, serv'd as a fit Provocative for that which follow'd after.