And fain would be upon the laughing Side.
How different from this Character is that of the good-natur’d gay Eugenius? who never spoke yet but with a Design to divert and please; and who was never yet baulk’d in his Intention. Eugenius takes more Delight in applying the Wit of his Friends, than in being admir’d himself: And if any one of the Company is so unfortunate as to be touch’d a little too nearly, he will make Use of some ingenious Artifice to turn the Edge of Ridicule another Way, chusing rather to make even himself a publick Jest, than be at the Pain of seeing his Friend in Confusion.
Among the Tribe of Laughers I reckon the pretty Gentlemen that write Satyrs, and carry them about in their Pockets, reading them themselves in all Company they happen into; taking an Advantage of the ill Taste of the Town, to make themselves famous for a Pack of paultry low Nonsence, for which they deserve to be kick’d, rather than admir’d, by all who have the least Tincture of Politeness. These I take to be the most incorrigible of all my Readers; nay I expect they will be squibbing at the BUSY-BODY himself: However the only Favour he begs of them is this; that if they cannot controul their over-bearing Itch of Scribbling, let him be attack’d in down right BITING LYRICKS; for there is no Satyr he Dreads half so much as an Attempt towards a Panegyrick.
The American Weekly Mercury, February 11, 1728/9