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the Representation of those Qualities that should do him Honour. So pernicious a thing is Wit, when it is not tempered with Virtue and Humanity.

I have indeed heard of heedless inconsiderate Writers, that without any Malice have sacrificed the Reputation of their Friends and Acquaintance, to a certain Levity of Temper, and a filly Ambition, of distinguishing them. selves by a Spirit of Raillery and Satyr: As if it were not infinitely more honourable to be a good-natured Man, than a Wit. Where there is this little petulant Humour in an Author, he is often very mischievous without designing to be so. For which Reason I always lay it down as a Rule, that an indiscreer Man is more hurtful than an ill-natured one; for as the latter will only attack his Enemies, and those he wilhes ill the ther injures indifferently both Friends and Foes. I can. not forbear, on this Occasion, transcribing a Fable out of Sir Roger l'Estrange, which accidentally lies before me. • A Company of waggish Boys were watching of Frogs s at the side of a Pond, and ftillas any of 'em put up • Heads, they'd be pelting them down again with Stones. Children (lays one of the Frogs) you never consider that tho' this may be Play to you, 'tis Death to us.

AS this Week is in a manner set apart and dedicated to serious Thoughts, I shall indulge my self in such Speculations as may not be altogether unsuitable to the Season; and in the mean time, as the settling in our selves a Charitable Frame of Mind is a Work very proper for the Time, I have in this paper endeavoured to expose that particular Breach of Charity which has been generally over-looked by Divines, Because they are but few wlio can be guilty of it.

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Arreptaque manu, Quid agis dulcisime rerum ? Hor.

HERE are in this Town a great Number of in

better sort of Conversation, and yet have an impertinent Ambition of appearing with those to whom they are not welcome. If you walk in the Park, one of thein will certainly join with you, tho’you are in Company with Ladies; if you drink a Bottle, they will find your Haunts. What makes such Fellows the more burdensome, is, that they neither offend or please so far a's to be taken Notice of for either. It is, I presume, for this Reason, that my Correspondents are willing by my Means to be rid of them. The two following Letters are writ by Persons who suffer by such Impertinence. A worthy old Batchelor, who sets in for his Dose of Claret every Night at such an Hour, is teized by a Swarm of them; who because they are sure of Room and good Fire, have taken it in their Heads to keep a sort of Club in his Com. pany; tho' the sober Gentleman himself is an utter Enemy to such Meetings.

Mr. SPECTATOR,
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general, gave me a perfect Relish for your • Speculation on that Subject; but I have since been ex• tremely mortified, by the malicious World's ranking me amongst the Supporters of such impertinent Allem

blies. I beg leave to state my Case fairly; and that done, • I shall expect Redress from your judicious Pen.

I am, Sir, a Batchelor of some standing, and a Tra. veller ; my Business, to consult my own Humour, which • I gratifie without controuling other People's; I have a

Room and a whole Bed to my self; and I have a Dog,

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a Fiddle, and a Gun; they please me, and injure no • Creature alive. My chief Meal is a Supper, which I

always make at a Tavern. I am constant to an Hour, * and not ill-humour'd; for which Reasons, tho' I invite

no Body, I have no sooner supp'd, than I have a Crowd

about of that sort of good Company that know not · whither else to go. It is true every Man pays his * Share, yet as they are Intruders, I have an undoubt. ed Right to be the only Speaker, or at least the loud

which I maintain, and that to the great Emolu. ment of my Audience. I sometimes tell them their own in pretty free Language; and sometimes divert

them with merry Tales, according as I ain in Huniour. ' I am one of those who live in Taverns to a great Age,

by a sort of regular Intemperance; I never go to Bed drunk, but always Alufter'd; I wear away very gently,

am apt to be peevish, but never angry. Mr. SPEC'TATOR, If you have kept various Company, you ' know there is in every. Tavern in Town some o!! * Humourist or other, who is Master of the House as ' much as he that keeps it. The Drawers are all in Awe ‘of him; and all the Customers who frequent his Com.

pany, yield him a sort of comical Obedience. I do • not know but I may be such a Fellow as this my self. • But I appeal to you, whether this is to be called a Club, • because so many Impertinents will break in upon me, ‘ and come without Appointment? Clinch of Barnet has

a nightly Meeting, and shows to every one that will • come in and pay; but then he is the only Actor. • Why should People miscall things? If his is allow'd • to be a Consort, why mayn't mine be a Lecture ? * However, Sir, I submit to you, and am,

S IR,
Your most obedient, &c.

Tho. Kimbow. Good Sir, "You

YOU and I were press'd against each other last

• Winter in a Crowd, in which uneasie Posture we suffer'd together for almost half an Hour. I thank you for all your Civilities ever linse, in being of my YOL. I

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* Acquaintance where ever you meet me. But the oi

ther Day you pullid off your Hat to me in the Park, • when I was walking with my Mistress. She did not

like your Air, and said she wondered what ftrange

Fellows I was acquainted with. Dear Sir, consider it • is as much as my Life is worth, if she should think we · were intimate; therefore I earnestly intreat you for

the future to take no manner of Notice of,

SIR,

Your obliged humble Servant,

Will. Fashion

A like Impertinence is also very troublesome to the fuperiour and more intelligent Part of the fair Sex. It is, it seems, a great Inconvenience, that those of the meanest Capacities will pretend to make Visits, tho' indeed they are qualified rather to add to the Furniture of the House (by filling an empty, Chair) than to the Conversation they come into when they visit. A Friend of mine hopes for Redress in this case, by the Publication of her Letter in my Paper ; which she thinks those the would be rid of wöl take to them. selves. It seems to be written with an Eye to one of those pert giddy unthinking Girls, who upon the Recommendation only of an agreeable Person, and a falkionable Air, take themselves to be upon a Level with Women of the greatef Merit.

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MA DA M,
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Take this way to acquaint you with what com-
mon Rules and Forms would never permit me
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otherwise; to wit, that you and I, tho' Equals'in Quality and Fortune, are by no means • suitable Companions. You are, 'tis true, very pret

ty, can dance, and make a very good Figure in a • publick Affembly; but alas, Madam, you must go no « further's Distance and Silence are your best Recom• mendations; therefore let me beg of you never to • make me any more Visits. You come in a literal (Senle to fec one, for you bave nothing to say, I

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- do not say this, that I would by any Means lose

your Acquaintance; but I would keep it up with the Atricteft * Forms of good Breeding. Let us pay Visits, but no

ver see one another : If you will be so good as to deny your self always to me, I shall return the Obliga

tion by giving the same Orders to my Servants. • When Accident makes us meet at a third Place, we

may mutually lament the Misfortune of never fioding one another at home, go in the same Party to a Boca

nefit-Play, and smile at each other, and put down « Glasses as we pass in our Coaches. Thus we may, • enjoy as much of each other's Friendship as we are

capable: For there are some People who are to be • known only by Sight, with which fort of Friend Ahip [ I hope you will always honour,

MA DA M,
Your most obedient humble Servant,

Mary Tuesday. P.S. - I subscribe my self by the Name of the Day • I keep, that my supernumerary Friends may know, who I am

ADVERTISEMENT To prevent all Mistakes that may happen among Gensleman of the other end of the Town, who come but once a Week so St. James's Coffee-house, either by miscalling the Sørvants, or requiring such things from them as are not properly within their refpective Provinces ; this is to give' Notice, that Kidney, Keeper of the Book-Debts of the outlying Customers, and observer of those who go off without paying, having resign'd that Employment, is succeeded by John Sowton; to whose Place of Enterer of Mefages and forft Coffee Grinder William Bird is prome ted; and Samuel Burdock comes as Shoe-Cleaner in the Room of the said Bird

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