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the Arbour most part of last Night. Oh! dear Betty, muft the Nightingales sing to those who marry for Mo
ny, and not to us true Lovers! Oh my dear Betty, that, • we could meet this Night where we used to do in the « Wood.
NOW, my Dear, if I may not have the Blessing of • kisling your sweet Lips, I beg I may have the Happi• ness of kissing your fair Hand, with a few Lines from .
your dear self, presented by whom you please or think « fit. I believe, if Time would permit me, I could write • all Day; but the Time being short, and Paper little, no more from your neyer-failing Lover till Death,
James POOR James! Since his Time and Paper were lo short; I, that have more than I can use well of both, will put
the Sentiments of his kind Letter (the Style of which seems to be confused with Scraps he had got
in hearing and reading what he did not understand) into what he meant to express. Dear Creature, AN
you then neglee hiin who has forgot all his in thinking of you? When I do fo, you appear more ami. able to me than Venus does in the most beautiful Description that was ever made of her. All this Kindness you return with an Accusation, that I do not love you : But the contrary is so manifeft, that I cannot think carnest. But the Certainty given me in your Message by Molly, that you do not love me, is what robs me of all Comfort. She says you will not see me: If you can have so much Cruelty, at last write to ine, that I may kiss the Impression made by your fair Hand. I love you above all things, and, in my Condition, what you look upon with Indifference is to me the most exquisite Pleafure or Pain. Our young Lady, and a fine Gentleman from London, who are to marry for mercenary Ends, walk about our Gardens, and hear the Voice of Evening Nightingales, as if for Fashion-sake they courted those Solitudes, because they have heard Lovers do so. Oh Betty! could I hear thosé Rivulets murmur, and Birds fing while you ftood near me, how little fenfible should I be that we are
both Servants, that there is any thing on Earth above us. Oh! I could write to you as long as I love you, till Death it felf.
JAMES. N. B. By the Words ill-Conditions, James means in a Woman Coquetry, in a Man Inconstancy.
N° 72. Wednesday, May 23.
Genus immortale manet, multosque per annos
AVING already given my Reader an Account of
dern, I did not design to have troubled him with any more Narratives of this Nature; but I have lately received Information of a Club which I can call neither ancient nor modern, that I dare fay will be no less furprifing to my Reader than it was to my felf; for which Reason I fhall communicate it to the Publick as one of the greatest Curiofities in its kind,
A Friend of mine complaining of a Tradesinan who is related to hiin, after having represented him as a very
idle worthless Fellow, who neglected his Family, and spent most of his Tiine over a Bottle, told me, to conclude bis Character, that he was a Member of the Everlasting Club. So very odd a Title raised my Curiosity to enquire into the Nature of a Club that had such a founding Name; upon which my Friend gave me the following Account.
HE Everlasting Club confifts of a hundred Members, them in such a manner, that the Club fīts Day and Night from one end of the Year to another; no Party presumin to rise till they are relieved by those who are in course to succeed them. By this means a Member of the Evere lafting Club never wants Company; for tho* he is not upon Duty himself, he is sure to find some who are ; fo that if he be disposed to take a Whet, a Nooning, an Evening's Draught, or a Bottle after Midnight, he goes to the Clubs and finds a Knot of Friends to his Mind.
IT is a Maxim in this Club That the Steward never
for as they succeed one another by way of Rotation, no Man is to quit the great Elbow-chair which stands at the
upper End of the Table, till his Succeffiur is in a Readiness to fill it; jofomuch that there has not been a Sede vacante in the Memory of Man.
THIS Club was instituted towards the End (or, as some of them say, about the Middle) of the Civil Wars, and continued without Interruption till the Time of the Great Fire, which burnt them out, and dispersed them for several Weeks. The Steward at that time maintained his Poft till he had like to have been blown up
with a neighbouring House, (which was demolished in order to stop the Fire;) and would not leave the Chair at last, till he had emptied all the Bottles upon the Table, and received repeated Directions from the Club to withdraw himself. This Steward is frequently talked of in the Club, and looked upon by every Member of it as a greater Man, than the famous Capiain mentioned in my Lord Clarendon, who was burnt in his ship because he would not quit it without Orders. It is said that towards the Close of 1700, being the great Year of Jubilee, the Club had it under Confideration whether they should break up or continue their Session; but after many Speeches and Debates, it was at length agreed to sit out the other Century. This Resolution palled in a general Club Nemine Con. tradicente,
HAVING given this short Account of the Institution and Continuation of the Everlasting Club, I should here endeavour to say fomething of the Manners and Charact. ers of its several Members, which I shall do according to the best Lights I have received in this matter.
IT appears by their Books in general, that since their first Institution they liave smoaked Fifty Tun of Tobacco, drank thirty thousand Butts of Ale, One Thousand Hogfheads of Red Port, two hundred Barrels of Brandy, and a Kilderkin of small Beer: There has been likewise a great Consumption of Cards. It is also said, that they ob. serve the Law in Ben Johnson's Club, which orders the Fire to be always kept in (focus perennis esto) as well for the Convenience of lighting their Pipes, as to cure the Dampness of the Club-Room. They have an old Wo
man in the nature of a Vestal, whose Business it is to cherish and perpetuate the Fire which burns from Generation to Generation, and has seen the Glass-house Fires in and out above an Hundred times.
THE Everlasting Club treats all other Clubs with an Eye of Contempt, and talks even of the Kit-Cat and October as of a couple of Upstarts. Their ordinary Discourse (as much as I have been able to learn of it) turns altogether upon such Adventures as have passed in their own Ăfsembly; of Members who have taken the Glass in their Turns for a week together, without stirring out of the Club; of others who have smoaked an hundred Pipes at a Sitting; of others who have not missed their Morning's Draught for twenty Years together : Sometimes they speak in Raptures of a Run of Ale in King Charles's Reign; and sometimes reflect with Aftonishment upon Games at Whisk, which have been miraculously recovered by Mem. bers of the Society, when in all human Probability the Case was desperate.
THEY delight in several old Catches, which they fing at all Hours to encourage one another to moisten their Clay, and grow immortal by drinking; with many other edifying Exhortations of like Nature.
THERE are four general Clubs held in a Year, at which Times they fill up Vacancies, appoint Waiters, confirm the old Fire-Maker, or elect a new one, settle Contributions for Coals, Pipes, Tobacco, and other Ne. cessaries. ..THE Senior Member has out-lived the whole Club twice over, and has been drunk with the Grandfathers of some of the present fitting Members.
Thursday, May 24.
O Dea certe!
Virg. T is very strange to consider, that a Creature like Man, who-is sensible of so many Weaknesses and Imperfecti
ons, should be a&uated by a Love of Fame: That Vice and Ignorance, Imperfection and Misery should contend
for Praise, and endeavour as much as possible to make themselves Objects of Admiration.
BUT notwithstanding Man's Essential Perfection is but very little, his Comparative Perfection may be very considerable. If he looks upon himself in an abstracted Light, he has not much to boast of; but if he considers himself with regard to others, he may find Occasion of glorying, if not in his own Virtues, at least in the Absence of an other's Imperfections. This gives a different Turn to the Reflections of the Wise Man and the Fool. The first endeavours to shine in himself, and the last to out-shine 0. thers. The first is humbled by the Sense of his own Ine firmities, the last is lifted up by the Discovery of those which he observes in other Men. The Wise Man confi. ders what he wants, and the Fool what he abounds in. The Wise Man is happy when he gains his own.Approbation, and the Fool when he Recommends himfelf to the Applause of those about him.
BUT however unreasonable and absurd this Passion for Admiration may appear in such a Creature as Man, it is not wholly to be discouraged; since it often produces very good Effects, not only
as it restrains him from doing any thing which is mean and contemprible, but as it pushes him to Actions which are great and glorious. The Principle maybe defective or faulty, but the Consequences it produces are so good, that, for the Benefit of Mankind, it ought not to be extinguished.
IT is observed by Cicero, that Men of the greatest and the most shining Parts are the most actuated by Ambition; and if we look into the two Sexes, I believe we fall find this Principle of A&ion stronger in Women than in Men. THE Passion for Praise, which is so very
vehement in the fair Sex, produces excellent Effects in Women of Sense, who desire to be adinired for that only which deferves Admiration : And I think we may observe, without a Compliment to them, that many of them do not only live in a more uniform Course of Virtue, but with an in finitely greater Regard to their Honour, than what we find in the Generality of our own Sex. Instances have we of Chastiry, Fidelity, Devocion? How many Ladies diftinguish themselves by the Education of