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* Upon our way from hence we saw a young fel- promised the handsomest young fellow in the parish low riding towards us full gallop, with a bob wig and for her pains. Your friend the butler has been fool a black silken bag tied to it. He stopped short at enough to be seduced by them; and though he is the coach, to ask us how far the judges were behind sure to lose a knife, a: fork, or a spoon every time
His stay was so very short, that we had only bis fortune is told him, generally shuts himself up time to observe his new silk waistcoat, which was in the pantry with an old gipsy for above half an un buttoned in several places, to let us see that he hour once in a twelvemonth. Sweethearts are the had a clean shirt on, which was ruffled down to his things they live upon, which they bestow very plentimiddle.
fully upon all those that apply themselves to them. “ From this place, during our progress through You see now and then some handsome young jades the most western parts of the kingdom, we fancied among them: the sluts have white teeth and black ourselves in King Charles the Second's reign, the eyes." people having made very little variations in their Sir Roger observing that I listened with great atdress since that time. The smartest of the country tention to his account of a people who were so en'squires appears still in the Monmouth-cock, and tirely new to me, told me, that if I would, they when they go a wooing (whether they have any post should tell us our fortunes. As I was very well in the militia or not) they generally put on a red pleased with the knight's proposal, we rid up, and coat. We were, indeed, very much surprised, at the communicated our hands to them. A Cassandra of place we lay at last night, to meet with a gentleman the crew, after having examined my lines very dilithat had accoutred himself in a night-cap wig, a gently, told me, that I loved a pretty maid in a coat with long pockets and slit sleeves, and a pair of corner, that I was a good woman's man, with some shoes with high scollop tops ; but we soon found by other particulars which I do not think proper to rehis conversation that he was a person who laughed, late. My friend Sir Roger alighted from his horse, at the ignorance and rusticity of the country people, and exposing his palm to two or three that stood by and was resolved to live and die in the mode. him, they crumpled it all shapes, and diligently
“Sir, if you think this account of my travels may scanned every wrinkle that could be made in it; be of any advantage to the public, I will next year when one of them, who was older and more suntrouble you with such occurrences as I shall meet burnt than the rest, told him, that he had a widow with in other parts of England. For I am informed in his line of life. Upon which the knight cried, there are greater curiosities in the northern circuit “ Go, go, you are an idle baggage;” and at the than in the western ; and that a fashion makes its same time smiled upon me. The gipsy finding he progress much slower into Cumberland than into was not displeased in his heart, told him after a Cornwall. I have heard in particular, that the Steen- farther inquiry into his hand, that his true love was kirke arrived but two months ago at Newcastle, and constant, and that she should dream of him to-night. that there are several commodes in those parts which My old friend cried pish, and bid her go on. The are worth taking a journey thither to see.” gipsy told him that he was a bachelor, but would not C.
be so long; and that he was dearer to somebody
than he thought. The knight still repeated, "She No. 130.] MONDAY, JULY 30, 1711.
was an idle baggage,” and bid her go on.
master,” says the gipsy, " that roguish leer of yours Semperque recentes
makes a pretty woman's heart ache; you have not that Convectare juvar prædas, et vivere rapto.
simper about the mouth for nothing.”—The uncouth
gibberish with which all this was uttered, like the A plandering race, still eager to invade, On spoil they live, and make of thest a trade.
darkness of an oracle, made us the more attentive
to it. To be short, the knight left the money with As I was yesterday riding out in the fields with her that he had crossed her hand with, and got up my friend Sir Roger, we saw at a little distance from again on his horse. us a troop of gipsies. Upon the first discovery of As we were riding away, Sir Roger told me, that them, my friend was in some doubt whether he he knew several sensible people who believed these should not exert the justice of the peace upon such gipsies now and then foretold very strange things; a band of lawless vagrants; but not having his and for half an hour together appeared more jocund clerk with him, who is a necessary counsellor with than ordinary. In the height of his good-humour, him on these occasions, and fearing that his poultry meeting a common beggar upon the road, who was might fare the worse for it, he let the thought drop-no conjuror, as he went to relieve him he found his but at the same time gave me a particular account of pocket was picked; that being a kind of palmistry the mischiefs they do in the country, in stealing at which this race of vermin are very dexterous. people's goods and spoiling their servants.
I might here entertain my reader with historical stray piece of linen hangs upon a hedge,” says Sir remarks on this idle profligate people, who infest all Roger, " they are sure to have it; if the hog loses the countries of Europe, and live in the midst of gothis way in the fields, it is ten to one but he becomes vernments in a kind of commonwealth by themselves. their prey: our geese cannot live in peace for them; But instead of entering into observations of this if a man prosecutes them with severity, his hen- nature, I shall fill the remaining part of my paper toost is sure to pay for it. They generally straggle with a story which is still fresh in Holland, and was into these parts about this time of the year; and set printed in one of our monthly accounts about twenty the heads of our servant-maids so agog for husbands, years ago. “As the trek-schuyt, or hackney-boat that we do not expect to have any business done as which carries passengers from Leyden to Amsterdam, it should be whilst they are in the country. I have was putting off
, a boy running along the side of the an honest dairy-maid who crosses their hands with canal desired to be taken in which the master of a piece of silver every summer, and never fails being the boat refused, because the lad had not quite money · The Steenkirk was a kind of military cravat of black chant being
pleased with the looks of the boy, and
enough to pay the usual fare.* An eminent mersilk; probably first wom at the battle or Steenkirk, fought August 2, 1612.
* Hardly more than three-pence.
VIRO. Æn. vii. 748.
" If a
secretly touched with compassion towards him, paid difficulty in the country is to find sport, and in town the money for him, and ordered him to be taken on to choose it. In the mean time, as I have given a board. Úpon talking with him afterward, he found whole month's rest to the cities of London and West. that he could speak readily in three or four languages, minster, I promise myself abundance of new game and learned upon farther examination that he had upon my return thither. oeen stolen away when be was a child by a gipsy, It is indeed high time for me to leave the country, and had rambled ever since with a gang of those since I find the whole neighbourhood begin to grow strollers up and down several parts of Europe. It very inquisitive after my name and character; my happened that the merchant, whose heart seems to love of solitude, taciturnity, and particular way of have inclined towards the boy by a secret kind of life, having raised a great curiosity in all these parts. instinct, had himself lost a child some years before. The notions which haye been framed of me are The parents, after a long search for him, gave him various : some look upon me as very proud, some as for drowned in one of the canals with which that very modest, and some as very melancholy. Will country abounds; and the mother was so afflicted at Wimble, as my friend the butler tells me, observing the loss of a fine boy, who was her only son, that she me very much alone, and extremely silent when I died for grief of it." Upon laying together all par- am in company, is afraid I have killed a man. The ticnlars, and examining the several moles and marks country people seem to suspect me for a conjuror; by which the mother used to describe the child when and some of them, hearing of the visit which I made he was first missing, the boy proved to be the son of to Mol White, will needs have it that Sir Roger the merchant whose heart had so unaccountably has brought down a cunning man with him, to cure melted at the sight of him. The lad was very well the old woman, and free the country from her charms. pleased to find a father who was so rich and likely to So that the character which I go under in part of the leave him a good estate : the father on the other neighbourhood, is what they call here a White Witch band was not a little delighted to see a son return to A justice of peace, who lives about five miles off, him, whom he had given up for lost, with such a and is not of Sir Roger's party, has, it seems, said strength of constitution, sharpness of understanding, twice or thrice at his table, that he wishes Sir Roger and skill in languages.” Here the printed story does not harbour a Jesuit in his house, and that he leaves off; but if I may give credit to reports, our thinks the gentlemen of the country would do very linguist having received such extraordinary rudi- well to make me give some account of myself. ments towards a good education, was afterwards On the other side, some of Sir Roger's friends are trained up in every thing that becomes a gentle. afraid the old knight is imposed upon by a designing man; wearing off by little and little all the vicious fellow; and as they have heard that he converses habits and practices that he had been used to in the very promiscuously when he is in town, do not know course of his peregrinations. Nay, it is said, that but he has brought down with him some discarded he has since been employed in foreign courts upon whig, that is sullen, and says nothing because he is national business, with great reputation to himself out of place. and honour to those who sent him, and that he has Such is the variety of opinions which are here visited several countries as a public minister in entertained of me, so that I pass among some for a which he formerly wandered as a gipsy.-C. disaffected person, and among others for a popish
priest; among some for a wizard, and among others
for a murderer; and all this for no other reason that No. 131.1 TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1711, I can imagine, but because I do not hoot, and balloo, -Ipsæ rursum concedite sylvæ.-VIRG. Ecl x. 63.
and make a noise. It is true, my friend Sir Roger
tells them,—"That it is my way," and that I am Once more, ye woods, adieu
only a philosopher;—but this will not satisfy them. It is usual for a man who loves country sports to They think there is more in me than he discovers, preserve the game in his own grounds, and divert and that I do not hold my tongue for nothing. himself upon those that belong to his neighbour. For these and other reasons I shall set out for My friend Sir Roger generally goes two or three London to-morrow, having found by experience that miles from his house, and gets into the frontiers of the country is not a place for a person of my temper, his estate, before he beats about in search of a hare who does not love jollity, and what they call good or partridge, on purpose to spare his own fields, neighbourhood. A man that is out of bamour when where he is always sure of finding diversion, when an unexpected guest breaks in upon him, and does the worst comes to the worst. By this means the not care for sacrificing an afternoon to every chance breed about his house has time to increase and mul- comer—that will be the master of his own time, and tiply, besides that the sport is. more agreeable where the pursuer of his own inclinations, -makes but a very the game is harder to come at, and where it does not unsociable figure in this kind of life. I shall there lie so thick as to produce any perplexity or confusion fore retire into the town, if I may make use of that in the pursuit. For these reasons the country gen- phrase, and get into the crowd again as fast as I can, tleman, like the fox, seldom preys near his own home. in order to be alone. I can there raise what spect
In the same manner I have made a month's ex-lations I please upon others without being observed cursion out of the town, which is the great field of myself, and at the same time enjoy all the advangame for sportsmen of my species, to try my fortune tages of company with all the privileges of solitude. in the country, where I have started several subjects, In the mean while, to finish the month, and conand hunted them down, with some pleasure to my-clude these my rural speculations, I shall here insert self, and I hope to others. I am here forced to use a letter from my friend Will Honeycomb, who has a great deal of diligence before I can spring any not lived a month for these forty years out of the thing to my mind; whereas in town, whilst I am fol- smoke of London, and rallies me after his way upon lowing one character, it is ten to one but I am crossed my country life. in my way by another, and put up such a variety of
“ DEAR SPEC.
this letter will find thee picking of
daisies, or smelling to a lock of hay, or passing away he believed very graceful, told her, "- that indeed he thy time in some innocent country diversion of the had but very little luck, and had suffered much by like nature. I have however orders from the club descrtion, therefore should be glad to end his war. to summon thee up to town, being all of us cursedly fare in the service of her or her fair daughter. In afraid thou wilt not be able to relish our company, a word,” continued he, “I am a soldier, and to be after thy conversations with Moll White and will plain is my character : you see me, Madam, young, Wimble. Pr'ythee do not send us up any more sto- sound, and impudent; take me yourself, widow, or ries of a cock and a bull; nor frighten the town with give me to her, I will be wholly at your disposal. I spirits and witches. Thy speculations begio to smell am a soldier of fortune, ha!"-This was followed confoundedly of woods and meadows. If thou dost by a vain laugh of his own, and a deep silence of not come up quickly, we shall conclude that thou all the rest of the company. I had nothing left for art in love with one of Sir Roger's dairy-maids. it but to fall fast asleep, which I did with all speed. Service to the knight. Sir Andrew is grown the “Come,” said he, "resolve upon it, we will make cock of the club since he left us, and if he does not a wedding at the next town: we will make this pleareturn quickly will make every mother's son of us sant companion who is fallen asleep, to be the bridecommonwealth's-men.
man; and,” giving the Quaker a clap on the knee, “Dear Spec.,
he concluded, this sly saint, who, I will warrant “Thine eternally,
you, understands what is what as well as you or I, C. « WILL HONEYCOMB." widow, shall give the bride as father.” The Quaker,
who happened to be a man of smartness, answered,
Friend, I take it in good part that thou hast given No. 132.) WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1711. me the authority of a father over this comely and Qui, aut tempus quid postulet non videt, ant plura loquitur, virtuous child ; and I must assure thee, that' if I aut se patentat, aut eoreum quibuscum est rationem non habet have the giving her, I shall not bestow her on thee. is ineptus esse dicitur.-Ioh.
Thy mirth, friend, savoureth of folly; thou art a That man may be called impertinent, who considers not the person of a light mind; thy drum is a type of thee arcumstances of time. or engrosses the conversation, or makes it soundeth because it is empty. Verily, it is not from himself the subject of his discourse, or pays no regard to the thy fulness,
but thy emptiness, that thou hast spoken company he is in.
this day. Friend, friend, we have hired this coach Havixe notified to my good friend Sir Roger that in partnership with thee, to carry us to the great I should set out for London the next day, his horses city; we cannot go any other way. This worthy were ready at the appointed hour in the evening; mother must hear thee if thou wilt needs utter thy and, attended by one of his grooms, I arrived at the follies ; we cannot help it, friend, I say: if thou county-town at twilight, in order to be ready for the wilt, we must hear thee; but if thou wert a man of stage-coach the day following. As soon as we ar- understanding, thou wouldst not take advantage of rived at the inn, the servant who waited upon me thy courageous countenance to abash us children of inquired of the chamberlain in my hearing what peace.-Thou art, thou sayest, a soldier ; give quarcompany he had for the coach? The fellow answered, ter to us, who cannot resist thce. Why didst thou * Mrs. Betty Arable, the great fortune, and the Aeer at our friend, who feigned himself asleep? He widow her mother; a recruiting officer (who took a said nothing; but how dost thou know what he conplace because they were to go); young 'Squire taineth? If thou speakest improper things in the Quickset, her cousin (that her mother wished her to hearing of this virtuous young virgin, consider it as be married to); Ephraim the Quaker, her guardian; an outrage against a distressed person that cannot and a gentleman that had studied himself dumb get from thee; to speak indiscreetly what we are from Sir Roger de Coverley's," I observed by what obliged to hear, by being hasped up with thee in this he said of myself, that according to his office he dealt public vehicle, is in some degree assaulting on the much in intelligence; and doubted not but there high road." was some foundation for his reports of the rest of the Here Ephraim paused, and the captain with a company, as well as for the whimsical account he happy and uncommon impudence (which can be gare of me. The next morning at day-break we convicted and support itself at the same time) cries, were all called; and I, who know my own natural" Faith, friend, I thank thee; I should have been a shyness, and endeavour to be as little liable to be little inipertinent if thou hadst not reprimanded me. disputed with as possible, dressed immediately, that Come, thou art, I see, a smoky old fellow, and I will I might make no one wait. The first preparation be very orderly the ensuing part of my journey.. I for our setting out was, that the captain's half-pike was going to give myself airs, but, ladies, I beg was placed near the coachman, and a drum behind pardon.” the coach. In the mean time the drummer, the The captain was so little out of humour, and our eaptain's equipage, was very loud, "that none of company was so far from being soured by this little the captain's things should be placed so as to be ruffle, that Ephraim and he took a particular delight spoiled; upon which his cloak-bag was fixed in the in being agreeable to each other for the future; and seat of the coach; and the captain himself, accord- assumed their different provinces in the conduct of ing to a frequent, though invidious behaviour of mili- the company. Our reckonings, apartments, and actary men, ordered bis man to look sharp, that none commodation, fell under Ephraim; and the captain bet one of the ladies should have the place he had looked to all disputes upon the road, as the good betaken fronting the coach-box.
haviour of our coachman, and the right we had of We were in some little time fixed in our seats, and taking place, as going to London, of all vehicles sat with that dislike which people not too good-na- coming from thence. The occurrences we met with tured usually conceive of each other at first sight. were ordinary, and very little bappened which could The coach jumbled us insensibly into some sort of entertain by the relation of them: but when I confamiliarity : and we had not moved above two miles, sidered the company we were in, I took it for no when the widow asked the captain what success he small good-fortune, that the whole journey was not bad in his recruiting? The officer, with a frankness spent in impertinences, which to one part of us might
be an entertainment, to the other a suffering. What When a poor-spirited creature that died at the same therefore Ephraim said when we were almost arrived time for his crimes, bemoaned himself unmanfully, at London, had to me an air not only of good un- he rebuked him with this question, “ Is it no conderstanding, but good breeding. Upon the young solation to such a man as thou art to die with Pholady's expressing her satisfaction in the journey, and cion?” At the instant when he was to die, they declaring how delightful it had been to her, Ephraim asked what commands he had for his son: he andeclared himself as follows: “ There is no ordinary swered, “ To forget this injury of the Athenians." part of human life which expresseth so much a good Niocles, his friend, under the same sentence, desired mind, and a right inward man, as his behaviour upon he might drink the potion before him : Phocion meeting with strangers, especially such as may seem said, “because he never had denied him any thing, the most ansuitable companions to him: such a he would not even this, the most difficult request he man, when he falleth in the way with persons of had ever made.” simplicity and innocence, however knowing he may These instances were very noble and great, and be in the ways of men, will not vaunt himself the reflections of those sublime spirits had made thereof, but will the rather hide his superiority to death to them what it is really intended to be by the them, that he may not be painful unto them. My Author of nature, a relief from a various being, ever good friend,” continued he, turning to the officer, subject to sorrows and difficulties.
thee and I are to part by and by, and peradven-Epaminondas, the Theban general, having reture we may never meet again ; but be advised by a ceived in fight a mortal stab with a sword, which plain man : modes and apparel are but trifles to the was left in his body, lay in that posture till he had real man, therefore do not think such a man as thy- intelligence that his troops had obtained the victory, self terrible for thy garb, nor such a one as me con and then permitted it to be drawn out, at wbich intemptible for mine. When two such as thee and I stant he expressed himself in this manner: "This meet, with affections as we ought to have towards is not the end of my life, my fellow-soldiers ; it is each other, thou shouldst rejoice to see my peace now your Epaminondas' is bora, who dies in so able demeanour, and I should be glad to see thy much glory." strength and ability to protect me in it."-T. It were an endless labour to collect the accounts,
with which all ages have filled the world, of noble
and heroic minds that have resigned this being, as No. 133.] THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 1711. if the termination of life were but an ordinary ocQuis desiderio sit pudor, aut modus
currence of it. Tam chari capitis ?-Hor. l. Od. xxiv. 1.
This common-place way of thinking I fell into Such was his worth, our loss is such,
from an awkward endeavour to throw off a real and We cannot love too well, or grieve too much. fresh affliction, by turning over books in a melan.
choly mood; but it is not easy to remove griefs There is a sort of delight, which is alternately which touch the heart, by applying remedies which mixed with terror and sorrow, in the contemplation only entertaid the imagination. As therefore this of death. The soul has its curiosity more than ordi- paper is to consist of any thing which concerns Darily awakened, when it turns its thoughts upon human life, I cannot belp letting the present subthe conduct of such who have behaved themselves ject regard what has been the last object of my eyes, with an equal, a resigned, a cheerful, a generous, or though an entertainment of sorrow. heroic temper in that extremity. We are affected I went this evening to visit a friend, with a design with these respective manners of behaviour, as we to rally him, upon a story I had heard of his in. secretly believe the part of the dying person imitated tending to steal a marriage without the privity of by ourselves, or such as we imagine ourselves more us his intimate friends and acquaintance. I came particularly capable of. Men of exalted minds into his apartment with that intimacy which I have march before us like princes, and are to the ordinary done for very many years, and walked directly into race of mankind rather subjects of their admiration his bed-chamber, where I found my friend in the than example. However, there are no ideas strike agonies of death. What could I do? The innocent more forcibly upon our imaginations, than those mirth in my thoughts struck upon me like the most which are raised from reflections upon the exits of Aagitious wickedness : I in vain called upon him; great and excellent men. Innocent men who have he was senseless, and too far spent to have the least suffered as criminals, though they were benefactors knowledge of my sorrow, or any pain in himself, to human society, seem to be persons of the highest Give me leave then to transcribe my soliloquy, as ! distinction, among the vastly greater number of stood by his mother, dumb with the weight of griet human race, the dead. When the iniquity of the for a son who was her honour and her comfort, and times brought Socrates to his execution, how great never till that hour since his birth had been a moand wonderful is it to behold him, unsupported by ment's sorrow to her. any thing but the testimony of his own conscience “ How surprising is the change! From the posand conjectures of hereafter, receive the poison with session of vigorous life and strength, to be reduced an air of warmth and good-humour, and, as if going in a few hours to this fatal extremity! Those lips. on an agreeable journey, bespeak some deity to which look so pale and livid, within these few days make it fortunate!
gave delight to all who heard their utterance; it was When Phocion's good actions had met with the the business, the purpose of bis being, next to obeylike reward from his country, and he was led to death ing him to whom he is gone, to please and instruct, with many other of his friends, they bewailing their and that for no other end but to please and instruct. fate, he walking composedly towards the place of his Kindness was the motive of his actions, and with all execution, how gracefully does he support bis illus- the capacity requisite for making a figure in a contrious character to the very last instant! One of tentious world, moderation, good-nature, affability, the rabble spitting at him as he passed, with his temperance, and chastity, were the arts of his exusual authority he called to know if no one was cellent life. There as he lies in helpless agony, no ready to teach this fellow how to behave himself. I wise man who knew him so well as I, but would re
siga all the world can bestow to be so near the end black-a-moor, a prude or a coquette, a country.es: of such a life. Why does my heart so little obey my quire or a conjuror, with many other different repre
reason as to lament thee, thou excellent man ?sentations very entertaining (as you are), though Heaven receive him or restore him !-Thy beloved still the same at the bottom. This was a childish mother, thy obliged friends, thy helpless servants, amusement, when I was carried away with outward stand around thee without distinction. How much appearance; but you make a deeper impression, and wouldst thon, hadst thou thy senses, say to each affect the secret springs of the mind; you charm of us !
the fancy, soothe the passions, and insensibly lead "But now that good heart bursts, and he is at the reader to that sweetness of temper that you so rest-With that breath expired a soul who never in- well describe ; you rouse generosity with that spirit, dulged a passion unfit for the place be is gone to. and inculcate humanity with that ease, that he must Where are now thy plans of justice, of truth, of be miserably stupid that is not affected by you. I honour ? Of what use the volumes thou hast col cannot say, indeed, that you have put impertinence lated, the arguments thou hast invented, the examples to silence, or vanity out of countenance; but methou hast followed ?. Poor were the expectations of thinks, you have bid as fair for it as any man that the studious, the modest, and the good, if the reward ever appeared upon a public stage; and offer an inof their labours were only to be expected from man. fallible cure of vice and folly, for the price of one No, my friend; thy intended pleadings, thy intended penny. And since it is usual for those who receive good offices to thy friends, thy intended services to benefit by such famous operators, to publish an adthy country, are already performed (as to thy con- vertisement, that others may reap the same advan, cera in them) in his sight, before whom the past, tage, I think myself obliged to declare to all the present, and future, appear at one view. While world, that having for a long time been splenetic, others with their talents were tormented with ambi- ill-n ured, froward, suspicious and unsociable-by tion, with rain glory, with envy, with emulation-how the application of your medicines, taken only with well didst thou turn thy mind to its own improve half an ounce of right Virginia tobacco for six ment in things out of the power of fortune : in successive mornings, I am become open, obliging, probity, in integrity, in the practice and study of officious, frank, and hospitable. I am, justice! How silent thy passage, how private thy • Your humble servant and great admirer, journey, how glorious thy end! • Many have 1
GEORGE TRUSTY." knowo more famous, some more knowing, not one The careful father and humble petitioner hereafter so innocent.'"-R.
mentioned, who are under difficulties about the just
management of fans, will soon receive proper adNo. 134.) FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 1711.
vertisements relating to the professors in that behalf,
with their places of abode and methods of teaching. Opiferque per orbem
July 5, 1711. Ovid. Met. i. 521. And am the great physician call'd below.-DRYDEN.
“ In your Spectator of June the 27th, you tran
scribe a letter sent to you from a new sort of musterDuring my absence in the country, several packets master, who teaches ladies the whole exercise of the bare been left for me, which were not forwarded to fan. I have a daughter just come to town, who me, because I was expected every day in town. The though she has always held a fan in her hand at author of the following letter dated from Tower-hill proper times, yet she knows no more how to use it baving sometimes been entertained with some learned according to true disciplinepthan an awkward schoolgentlemen in plusb-doublets, * who have vended their boy does to make use of his new sword. I have wares from a stage in that place, has pleasantly sent for her on purpose to learn the exercise, she
enough addressed to me, as no less a sage in morality, being already very well accomplished in all other : than those are in physic. To comply with bis kind arts which are necessary for a young lady to under
inclination to make my cures famous, I shall give stand; my request is, that you will speak to your you his testimonial of my great abilities at large in correspondent on my behalf, and in your next
paper his own words.
let me know what he expects, either by the month .“ Sie,
Tower-bill, July 5, 1711. or the quarter, for teaching; and where he keeps “ Your saying the other day there is something his place of rendezvous." I have a son too, whoin wouderful in the narrowness of those minds which I would fain have taught to'gallant fans, and should can be pleased, and be barren of bounty to those be glad to know what the gentleman will have for who please them, makes me in pain that I'am not a teaching them both, I finding fans for practice at maa of power. If I were, you should soon see how my own expense. This information will in the nich I approve your speculations. In the mean | highest manner oblige, Sir, your most humble tme, I beg leave to supply that inability with the servant,
« WILLIAM WISEACRE. empty tribute of an honest mind, by telling you pizinly, I love and thank you for your daily refresh-|I hope will be in a year's time, for the boy is pretty
" As soon as my son is perfect in this art (which ments. I constantly peruse your paper as I smoke apt), i design he shall learn to ride the great horse Ev sering's pipe (though I cannot forbear reading (although he is not yet above twenty ycars old), if the motto before I fill and light), and really it gives his mother, whose darling he is, will venture him.” 2 grateful relish to every whiff; each paragraph is fraagtut either with useful or delightful notions, and
To the SPECTATOR, I dever fail of being highly diverted or improved “The humble Petition of Benjamin Easy, Gent. The variety of your subject surprises me as much as
SHEWETH, a box of pictures did formerly in which there was aly one face, that, by pulling some pieces of isin
"That it was your petitioner's misfortune to walk case over it, was changed into a grave senator or a to Hackney church last Sunday, where to his great Merry-Andrew, a patched lady or a nun, a beau or a amazement he met with a soldier of your own train
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