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Your janty air, and easy motion, the volubility of your discourse, the suddenness of your laugh, the management of your fnuff-box, with the whiteness of your hands and teeth, (which have justly gained you the envy of the most polite part of the male world, and the love of the greatest beauties in the female) are intirely to be ascribed to your own perfonal genius and application.
You are formed for these accomplishments by a happy turn of nature, and have finished yourself in them by the utmost improvements of art. A man that is defective in either of these qualifications (whatever may be the secret ambition of his heart) muft never hope to make the figure you have done, among the fashionable part of his fpecies. It is therefore no wonder we fee fuch multitudes of aspiring young men fall fhort of you in all these beauties of your character, notwithstanding the study and practice of them is the whole business of their lives. But I need not tell you that the frea and disengaged behaviour of a fine gentleman makes as many aukward beaux, as the easiness of your favourite Waller hath made insipid poets.
At present you are content to aim all your charms at your own fpoufe, without farther thought of mischief to any others of the sex. I know you had formerly a very great contempt for that pedantic race of mortals who call themselves philosophers; and yet, to your honour be it spoken, there is not a fage of them all could have better acted up
to their precepts in one of the most important points of life : I mean in that generous disregard of popular opinion which you thewed some years ago, when you chose for
wife an obscure young woman, who doth not indeed pretend to an ancient family, but has certainly as many forefa.
· thers as any lady in the land, if the could but reckon their names.
I Must Own I conceived very extraordinary hopes of you
from the moment that you confessed your age, and from eight and forty (where you had stuck so many years) very ingenuously stepped into your grand climacteric.
Your deportment has fince been very venerable and becoming. If I am rightly informed, you make a regular appearance every quarter-fessions among your brothers of the quorum ; and if things go on as they do, stand fair for being a colonel of the militia. Iany told that your time passes away as agreeably, in the amusements of a country, life, as it ever did in the galantries of the town: And that you now take as much pleasure in the planting of young trees, as you did formerly in the cutting down of your old ones. In fort, we hear from all hands that you are thoroughly reconciled to your dirty acres, and have not too much wit to look into your own estate.
AFTER having spoker thus much for my patron, I must take the privilege of an author in saying something of myself. I shall therefore beg leave to add, that I have purposely omitted setting those marks to the end of every paper, which appeared
in my former volumes, that you may have an op portunity of Chewing Mrs. Honeycomb the shrewdness of your conjectures, by ascribing every speculation to its proper author: Though you know how often many profound critics in stile and fentiments have very judiciously erred in this particular, before they were let into the secret. I am,
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BOOKSELLER TO THE READER.
the Reader will find an account of the rise of this eighth and last volume.
I have not been able to prevail upon the several gentlemen who were concerned in this work to let me acquaint the world with their names.
Perhaps it will be unnecessary to inform the Reader, that no other papers, which have appea ed under the title of Spectator, fince the clofing of this eighth volume, were written by any of those Gentlemen who had a hand in this or the former volumes.