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charms left to render it supportable. Corinna, that were not too coarse a simile, I should say, Hyæna, used to torment all who conversed with her with in the figure sbe affects to appear in, is a spider in false glances, and little heedless unguarded mo. the midst of a cobweb, that is sure to destroy every tions, that were to betray some inclination towards fy that approaches it. The net Hyæpa tbrows is the man she would ensnare, finds at present all she so fine, that you are taken in it hefore you can attempts that way unregarded; and is obliged to in observe any part of her work. I attempted her for dulge the jilt in her constitution, by laying artifi. a long and weary season, but I found her passion cial plots, writing perplexing letters from unknown went no further than to be admired; and she is of hands, and making all the young fellows in love that unreasonable temper, as not to value the inwith her, until they find out who she is. Thus, as constancy of her lovers, provided she can boast sbe before she gave torment by disguising her inclina-once had their addresses. tion, she is now obliged to do it by hiding her person. “ Biblis was the second I aimed at, and ber va.

As for my own part, Mr. Spectator, it has been nity lay in purchasing the adorers of others, and not my unhappy fate to be jilted from my youth up- in rejoicing in their love itself. Biblis is no man's ward; and as my taste has been very much towards mistress, but every woman's rival. As soon as I intrigue, and having intelligence with women of found this, I fell in love with Chloe, who is my prewit, my whole life has passed away in a series of sent pleasure and torment. I have writ to ber, impositions. I shall, for the benefit of the pre-danced with her, and fought for her, and have been sent race of young men, give some account of her man in the sight and expectation of the whole my loves.

I know not whether you have ever town these three years, and thought myself near heard of the famous girl about town called Kitty. the end of my wishes ; when the other day she called This creature (for I must take shame upon myselt) me into her closet, and told me, witb a very grave was my mistress in the days when keeping was in face, that she was a woman of honour, and scorned fashion. Kitty, under the appearance of being wild, to deceive a man who loved her with so much sin. thoughtless, and irregular in all her words and ac- cerity as she saw I did, and therefore she must intions, concealed the most accomplished jilt of her form me that she was by nature the most inconstant time. Her negligence had to me a charm in it creature breathing, and begged of me not to marry like that of chastity, and want of desires seemed as her; if I insisted upon it, I should; but that she great a merit as the conquest of them. The air was lately fallen in love with another. What to do she gave herself was that of a romping girl, and or say I know not, but desire you to inform me, and whenever I talked to her with any turn of fondness, you will infinitely oblige, she would immediately snatch off my periwig, try

Sir, your humble servant, it upon herself in the glass, clap her arms a-kimbo, C.

“CHARLES YELLOW." draw my sword, and make passes on the wall, take off my cravat, and seize it to make some other use Mr. Sly, haberdasher of hats, at the corner of of the lace, or run into some other unaccountable Devereux-court, in the Strand, gives notice, that he rompishness, until the time I had appointed to pass has prepared very neat hats, rubbers, and brushes, away with her was over. I went from her full of for the use of young tradesmen in the last year of pleasure at the reflection that I had the keeping of apprenticeship, at reasonable rates.—T. so much beauty in a woman who, as she was too heedless to please me, was also too inattentive to form a design to wrong me. Long did I divert

No. 188.] FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1711. every hour that hung heavy upon me in the com

Lætus sum laudari a te laudato viro.-TULLA pany of this crcature, whom I looked upon as nei. It gives me pleasure to be praised by you, whom all men praise. ther guilty nor innocent, but could laugh at myself for my unaccountable pleasure in an expense upon

He is a very uubappy man who sets his heart her, until in the end it appeared my pretty insensi- upon being admired by the multitude, or affects a ble was with child by my footman.

general and undistinguishing applause among men. " This accident roused me into disdain against science, should be the measure of our ambition in

What pious men call the testimony of a good conall libertine women, under what appearance soever they hid their insincerity, and I resolved after that this kind; that is to say, a man of spirit should contime to converse with none but those wbo lived temn the praise of the ignorant, and like being apwithin the rules of decency and honour. To this plauded for nothing but what he knows in his own end i formed myself into a more regular turn of be heart he deserves. Besides which, the character of haviour, and began to make visits, frequent as.

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person who commends you is to be considered, semblies, and lead out ladies from the theatres, before you set a value upon his esteem. The praise with all the other insignificaut duties which the pro- of an ignorant man is only good-will, and you should fessed servants of the fair place themselves in constant receive his kindness as he is a good neighbour in readiness to perform. In a very little time (having society, and not as a good judge of your actions in a plentiful fortune), fathers and mothers began to point of fame and reputation. The satirist said very regard me as a good match, and I found easy ad-well of popular praise and acclamations, “ Give the mittance into the best families in town to observe tinkers and cobblers their presents again, and learn their daughters; but I, who was born to follow the

to live of yourself.”. It is an argument of a loose fair to no purpose, have by the force of my ill stars, and ungoverned mind to be affected with the promade my application to three jilts successively.

miscuous approbation of the generality of mankind; Hyona is one of those who form themselves into and a man of virtue should be too 'delicate for so a melancholy and indolent air, and endeavour to

coarse an appetite of fame. Men of honour shouid gain admirers from their inattention to all around endeavour only to please the worthy, and the man them. Hyena can loll in her coach, with some

of merit should desire to be tried only by his peers. thing so fixed in her countenance, that it is impos- I thought it a noble sentiment which I heard yessible to conceive her meditation is employed only

· Tollat sua munera cerdo : on her dress, and her charms in that posture. If it

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terlay uttered in conversation : "I know,” said a I shall conclude this paper with a billet which gentleman, “a way to be greater than any man. has fallen into my hands, and was written to a

If he has worth in him, I can rejoice in his supe- lady from a gentleman whom she had highly comriority to me, and that satisfaction is a greater act mended. The author of it had formerly been her of the soul in me, than any in hiin which can possi- lover. When all possibility of commerce between bly appear to me." This thought could proceed but them on the subject of love was cut off, she spoke from a candid and generous spirit; and the appro- so handsomely of him, as to give occasion to this bation of such minds is what may be esteemed true letter. praise: for with the common race of men there is nothing commendable but what they themselves may hope to be partakers of, and arrive at; but the forbear making you my acknowledgments for your

I should be insensible to a stupidity, if I could motive truly glorious is, when the mind is set rather late mention of me with so much applause. It is, to do things laudable, than to purchase reputation. I think, your fate to give me new sentiments: as Where there is that sincerity as the foundation of a good name, the kind opinion of virtuous men will be you formerly inspired me with the true sense of an unsought, but a necessary consequence. The love, so do you now with the true sense of glory. Lacedæmonians, though a plain people, and no pretofore professed towards you, so has vanity no share

As desire had the least part in the passion I berctenders to politeness, had a certain delicacy in their

in the glory to which you have now raised sense of glory, and sacrificed to the Muses when

Inthey entered upon any great enterprise. They discretion, are the constant ornaments of her who

nocence, knowledge, beauty, virtue, sincerity, and would have the commemoration of their actions be

has said this of me. transmitted by the purest and most untainted me, arrived at the highest glory in this world, the com

Fame is a babbler, but I have morialists. The din which attends victories and mendation of the most deserving person in it.”-T. public triumphs, is by far less eligible than the recital of the actions of great men by honest and wise bistorians. It is a frivolous pleasure to be the admiration of gaping erowds; but to have the appro

No. 189.) SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 1711. bation of a good man in the cool reflections of his

Patriæ pietatis imago.–VIRG. Æn. x. 821. closet, is a gratification worthy a heroic spirit. The An image of paternal tenderness applause of the crowd makes the head giddy, but the attestation of a reasonable man makes the heart seller, upon a subject of which I treated some time

The following letter being written to my bookglad.

What makes the love of popular or general praise since, I shall pablish it in this paper, together with still more ridiculous, is, that it is usually given for the letter that was enclosed in it:circumstances which are foreign to the persons ad- Mr. BUCKLEY, mired. Thus they are the ordinary attendants on “ Mr. Spectator having of late descanted upon power and riches, which may be taken out of one the cruelty of parents to their children, I have been man's hands, and put into another’s. The appli-induced (at the request of several of Mr. Spectator's cation only, and not the possession, makes those admirers) to enclose this letter, which I assure you outward things honourable. The vulgar and men is the original from a father to his own son, notwithof sense agree in admiring men for having what they standing the latter gave but little or no provocation. themselves would rather be possessed of; the wise it would be wonderfully obliging to the world, if man applauds him whom he thinks most virtuous, Mr. Spectator would give us his opinion of it in the rest of the world him who is most wealthy.

some of his speculations, and particularly to (Mr. When a man is in this way of thinking, I do not Buckley)

Your humble servant.” know what can oceur to one more monstrous, than

“ SIRRAH, to see persoas of ingenuity address their services and performances to men no way addicted to liberal and mad, and I care not a farthing whether you

* You are a saucy audacious rascal, and both fool arts. In these cases, the praise on one hand, and the patronage on the other, are equally the objects comply or no; that does not raze out my impresof ridicule. Dedications to ignorant men are as and the next day to solicit my favour. These are

sions of your insolence, going about railing at me, absurd as any of the speeches of Bulfinch in the inconsistencies, such as discover thy reason deDroll. Such an address one is apt to translate into praved. To be brief

, I never desire to see your other words; and when the different parties are face ; and, sirrah, if you go to the workhouse, it is thoroughly considered, the panegyric generally implies no more than if the author should say to the no disgrace to me for you to be supported there;

and patron ; " My very good lord, you and I can never

you starve in the streets, I'll never give any understand one another; therefore I bumbly desire thing underhand in your behalf. If I have any we may be intimate friends for the future.”

thing more of your scribbling nonsense, I'll break The rich may as well ask to borrow of the poor, are a stubborn beast; is this your gratitude for my

your head the first time I set sight on you. You as the man of virtue or merit hope for addition to bis charaeter from any bat such as himself. He giving you money? You rogue, I'll better your that commends another engages so much of his own

judgment, and give you a greater sense of your duty reputation as he gives to that person commended;

to (I regret to say) your father, &c. and he that has nothing laudable in himself is not of

" P.S. It's prudence for you to keep out of my ability to be such a surety. The wise Phocion was sight; for to reproach me, that might overcomes ho seasible how dangerous it was to be touched with right, on the outside of your letter, I shall give you *hat the multitude approved, that upon a general a great knock on the skull for it.” acelamation made when he was making an oration, Was there ever such an image of paternal tenhe turned to an intelligent friend who stood near derness! It was usual among some of the Greeks him, and asked in a surprised manner, “ What slip to make their slaves drink to excess, and then ex bare I made ?

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ceived an early aversion to a vice which makes trived (as I have formerly observed) for the segue men appear so monstrous and irrational. I have port of every living species : but at the same time exposed this picture of an unnatural father with the that it shows the wisdom of the Creator, it discovers same intention, that its deformity may deter others the imperfection and degeneracy of the creature. from its resemblance. If the reader has a mind to The obeclience of children to their parents is the see a father of the same stamp represented in the basis of all government, and set forth as the meamost exquisite strokes of humour, he may meet sure of that obedience which we owe to those whom with it in one of the finest comedies that ever ap- Providence bath placed over us. peared upon the English stage: I mean the part of It is father Le Compte, if I am not mistaken, Sir Sampson in Love for Lore.

who tells us how want of duty in this particular is I musi not, however, engage myself blindly on punished among the Chinese, in somuch that if a the side of the son, to whom the fond letter above son should be known to kill, or so much as to strike written was directed. His father calls him a his father, not only the criminal, but his wbole “saucy and audacious rascal” in the first line, and family would be rooted out, nay, the inhabitants of I am afraid upon examination he will prove but an the place where he lived would be put to the sword, ungracious youth. “ To go about railing" at his nay, the place itself would be razed to the ground, father, and to find no other place but “ the outside and its foundations sown with salt. For, say they, of his letter” to tell him “that might overcomes there must have been an utter depravation of manright,” if it does not discover “his reason to be ners in that clan or society of people who could depraved," and "that he is either fool or mad,” as have bred up among them so horrid an offender. To the choleric old gentleman tells him, we may at this I shall add a passage out of the first book of least allow that the father will do very well in Herodotus. That historian, in his account of the endeavouring to “ better his judgment, and give Persian customs and religion, tells us, it is their him a greater sense of his duty.” But whether opinion that no man ever killed his father, or that this may be brought about by“ breaking his head,” it is possible such a crime should be in nature; but or “ giving him a great knock on the skull,” ought, that if any thing like it should ever happen, they I think, to be well considered. Upon the whole, conclude that the reputed son must have been illegi. I wish the father has not met with his match, and timate, supposititious, or begotten in adultery. Their that he may not be as equally paired with a son, as opinion in this particular shows sufficiently what a the mother in Virgil:

notion they must have had' of undutifulness in

L. -Crudelis tu quoque mater: Crudelis mater magis, an puer improbus ille ? Improbus ille puer, crudelis tu quoque mater.—Ecl. viii. 48. O barbarous mother thirsting to destroy!

No. 190.] MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1711. More cruel was the mother or the boy? Both, both alike delighted to destroy,

Servitus crescit nova

Hor, 2 Od. viii. 18. Th' unnatural mother, and the ruthless boy.-Warton.

A slavery to former times unknown. Or like the crow and her egg in the Greek pro- SINCE I made some reflections upon the general verb :

negligence used in the case of regard towards Bad the crow, bad the egg.

women, or, in other words, since I talked of wenchI must here take notice of a letter which I have ing, I have had epistles upon that subject, which I received from an unknown correspondent, upon shall, for the present entertainment, insert as they the subject of my paper, upon which the foregoing lie before me. letter is likewise founded. The writer of it seems “ MR. SPECTATOR, very much concerned lest that paper should seem " As your speculations are not confined to any to give encouragement to the disobedience of child part of human life, but concern the wicked as well dren towards their parents; but if the writer of it as the good, I must desire your favourable accepwill take the pains to read it over again attentively, tance of what I, a poor strolling girl about town, I dare say his appreherisions will vanish. Pardon bave to say to you. I was told by a Roman Catholic and reconciliation are all the penitent daughter re- gentleman who picked me up last week, and who, I quests, and all that I contend for in her behalf; and hope is absolved for what passed between us; I say, in this case I may use the saying of an eminent wit, I was told by such a person, who endeavoured to wbo, upon some great men's pressing him to forgive convert me to his own religion, that in countries his daughter who had married against his consent, where popery prevails, besides the advantage of told them he could refuse nothing to their instances, licensed stews, there are large endowments given but that he would have them remember there was for the Incurabili, I think he called them, such as difference between giving and forgiving.

are past all remedy, and are allowed such main. I must confess, in all controversies between tenance and s pport as to keep them without further parents and their children, I am naturally preju-care until the expire. This manner of treating diced in favour of the former. The obligations on poor sinners has, methinks, great humanity in it; that side can never be acquitted, and I think it is and as you are a person who pretend to carry your one of the greatest reflections upon human nature, reflections, upon all subjects whatever that occur to that paternal instinct should be a stronger motive you, with candour, and act above the sense of what to love than filial gratitude; that the receiving of misinterpretation you may meet with, I beg the favours should be a less inducement to a good will, favour of you to lay before all the world the unhappy tenderness, and commiseration, than the conferring condition of us poor vagrants, who are really in a of them; and that the taking care of any person way of labour instead of idleness.

There are should endear the child or dependant more to the crowds of us whose manner of livelihood has long parent or benefactor, than the parent or benefactor ceased to be pleasing to us : and who would will to the child or dependant: yet so it happens, that ingly lead a new life, if the rigour of the virtuous for one cruel parent we meet with a thousand un- did not for ever expel us from coming into the douful children. This is, indeed, wouderfully con- ! world again. As it now happens, to the eternal

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infany of the male sex, falsehood among you is not, Sal is more shrewd than any body thinks. Nobody reproachful, but credulity in women is infamous. can believe that such wise men could go to bawdy

"Give me leave, Sir, to give you my history. houses out of idle purposes. I have heard them You are to know that I am a daughter of a man of often talk of Augustus Cæsar, who had intrigues a good reputation, tenant to a man of quality. The with the wives of senators, not out of wantonness beir of this great house took it in his head to cast a but stratagem. favourable eye upon me, and succeeded. I do not “ It is a thousand pities you should be so severely, pretend to say he promised me marriage: I was virtuous as I fear you are; otherwise, after one visit not a creature silly enough to be taken by so foolish or two, you would soon understand that we women of a story: but he ran away with me up to this town, the town are not such useless correspondents as you and introduced me to a grave matron, with whom may imagine: you have undoubtedly heard that it I boarded for a day or two with great gravity, and was a courtesan who discovered Catiline's conspiracy. was not a little pleased with the change of my con- If you print this I'll tell you more: and am, in the dition, from that of a country life to the finest mean time, company, as I believed, in the whole world. My

Sir, your most humble Servant, humble servant made me understand that I should

“REBECCA NETTLETOP.” always be kept in the plentiful condition I then “ MR. SPECTATOR, enjoyed; when after a very great fondness towards

“I am an idle young woman that would work for me, be one day took his leave of me for four or five my livelihood, but that I am kept in such a manner, days. In the evening of the same day my good as I cannot stir out. My tyrant is an old jealous landlady came to me, and observing me very pen. fellow, who allows me nothing to appear in. I have sive, began to comfort me, and with a smile told but one shoe and one slipper; no head-dress, and me I must see the world. When I was deaf to all no upper petticoat. As you set up for a reformer, she could say to divert me, she began to tell me I desire you would take me out of this wicked way, with a very frank air that I must be treated as I and keep me yourself. “ EVE AFTERDAY.” ought, and not take these squeamish humours upon

"MR. SPECTATOR, me, for my friend had left me to the town; and, as their phrase is, she expected I would see company, coxcombs, who visit the apartments of us women of

“I am to complain to you of a set of impertinent or I must be treated like what I had brought my; the town, only, as they call it, to see the world. I self to. This put me into a fit of crying; and I immediately, in a true sense of my condition, threw have an effect to cure them; but as they are stupid,

must confess to you, this to men of delicacy might myself on the floor, deploring my fate, calling

upon noisy, and drunken fellows, it tends only to make all that was good and sacred to succour me. I was in all this agony, I observed a decrepit old humorous, and at the same time nauseous in us.

vice in themselves, as they think, pleasant and

I fellow come into the room, and looking with a sense of pleasure in his face at all my vehemence and trans shall, Sir, hereafter from time to time give you the port. In a pause of my distresses I heard him say houses merely as Spectators. These men think it

names of these wretches who pretend to enter our to the shameless old woman who stood by me, "She wit to use nis ill : pray tell them, however worthy is certainly a new face, or else she acts it rarely.' With that the gentlewoman, who was making her

we are of such treatment, it is unworthy them to be market of me, in all the turns of my person, the guilty of it towards us. Pray, Sir, take notice of beaves of my passion, and the suitable changes

this, and pity the oppressed : I wish we could add to it, the innocent."

T. of my posture, took occasion to commend my neck, my shape, my eyes, my limbs. All this was accompanied with such speeches as you may

No. 191.] TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1711. have heard horse-coursers make in the sale of nags,

-Deluding vision of the night.-Pope. when they are warranted for their soundness. You Some ludicrous schoolmen have put the case, that understand by this time that I was left in a brothel, if an ass were placed between two bundles of hay, and exposed to the next bidder who could purchase which affected his senses equally on each side, and me of my patroness. This is so much the work of tempted him in the very same degree, whether it hell: the pleasure in the possession of us wenches would be possible for him to eat of either. They aba tes in proportion to the degrees we go beyond generally determine this question to the disadvanthe bounds of innocence; and no man is gratified, tage of the ass, who they say would starve in the if there is nothing left for him to debauch. Well, midst of plenty, as not having a single grain of freeSir, my first man, when I came upon the town, was will to determine bim more to the one than to the Sir Jeoffry Foible, who was extremely lavish to other. The bundle of hay on either side striking me of his money, and took such a fancy to me that his sight and smell in the same proportion, would he would have carried me off, if my patroness would keep him in perpetual suspense, like the two are taken any reasonable terms for me; but as he magnets, which travellers have told us, are placed sas old, his covetousness was his strongest passion, one of them in the roof, and the other in the floor of and poor I was soon left exposed to be the common Mahomet's burying-place at Mecca, and by that refase of all the rakes and debauchees in town. I means, say they, pull the imposter's iron coffin with cannot tell whether you will do me justice or no, such an equal attraction, that hangs in the air

I see whether you print this or not; other between both of them. As for the ass's behaviour sise, as I now live with Sal*, I could give you a in such nice circumstances, whether he would starve very just account of who and who is together in sooner than violate his neutrality to the two bundles this town. You perhaps won't believe it; but I of hay, I shall not presume to determine; but only Do- of one who pretends to be a very good Pro- take notice of the conduct of our own species in the testant, who lies with a Roman Catholic: but more same perplexity. When a man has a mind to venat this bereafter, as you please me. There do come ture his money in a lottery, every figure of it appears to our house the greatest politicians of the age; and qually alluring, and as likely to succeed as any of

its fellows. They all of them have the same precelebrated courtesan and procuress of those times. tensions to good luck, stand upon the same fooi of competition, and no manner of reason can be given the ticket No. 132 in the lottery now drawing; why a man should prefer one to the other before which is a secret I have communicated to some the lottery is drawn. In this case therefore caprice friends, who rally me incessautly upon that account. very often acts in the place of reason, and forins to You must know I have but one ticket, for which itself some groundless imaginary motive, where real reason, and a certain dream 1 bave lately had more and substantial ones are wanting. I know a well- than once, I resolved it should be the number 1 meaning man that is very well pleased to risk his most approved. I am so positive that d have pitebed: good fortune upon the number 1711, because it is upon the great lot, that I could almost lay all I am the year of our Lord. I am acquainted with a worth upon it. My visions are so frequent and tacker that would give a good deal for the number strong upon this occasion, that I have not only pes. 131.* On the contrary, I have been told of a cer- sessed the lot, but disposed of the money which in tain zealous dissenter, who being a great enemy to all probability it will sell for. This moruing in propery, and believing that bad men are the most particular, I set up an equipage which I look upon fortunate in this world, will lay two to one on the to be the gayest in the town; the liyeries are very number 666 against any other pumber, because, sich, but not gaudy. I should be very glad to see says he, it is the number of the beast.† Several a speculation or two upon lottery subjects, in which would prefer the number 12,000 before any other, you would oblige all people concerned, and in paras it is the number of the pounds in the great prize. ticular, In short, some are pleased to find their own age in

“ Your most humble Servant, their uumber; some that have got a number which

“ GEORGE GOBLING. makes a pretty appearance in the ciphers; and "P.S. Dear Spec, if I get the 12,000 pounds, others, because it is the same number that suoceeded r'll make thee a handsome present.” in the last lottery. Each of these, upon no other After having wished my correspondent good luck, grounds, thinks he stands fairest for the great lot, and thanked him for his intended kindness, I shall and that he is possessed of what may not be im- for this time dismiss the subject of the lottery, and properly called "the golden number.”'

only observe, that the greatest part of mankind are These principles of election are the pastimes in some degree guilty of my friend Gosling's extraand extravagancies of human reason, which is of so vagance. We are apt to rely upon future prospects, busy a nature, that it will be exerting itself in the and become really expensive while we are only rich meanest trifles, and working even when it wants in possibility. We live up to our expectations, not materials

. The wisest of men are sometimes acted to our possessions, and make a figure proportionable by such unaccountable motives, as the life of the to what we may be, not what we are. We outrun fool and the superstitious is guided by nothing else. our present income, as not doubting to disburse

I am surprised that none of the fortune-tellers, or, ourselves out of the profits of some future place, proas the French call them, the Disturs de bonne ject, or reversion that we have in view. It is Aventure, who publish their bilis in every quarter of through this temper of mind, which is so comprou the town, have turned our lotteries to their advan- anong us, that we see tradesmen break, who have tage. Did any of them set up for a caster of fortu- met with no misfortunes in their business; and men nate figures, what might he not get by his pretended of estates reduced to poverty, who have never sufdiscoveries and predictions ?

fered from losses or repairs, tenants, taxes, or lawI remember among the advertisements in the suits. In short, it is this foolish sanguine temper, Post-Boy of September the 27th, I was surprised to this depending upon contingent futurities, that desee the following one:

casions romantic generosity, chimerical grandeur, “This is to give notice, that ten shillings over senseless ostentation, and generally ends io beggary and above the market price, will be given for the and ruin. The man who will live above his present ticket in the 1,500,0001. lottery, No. 132, by Nath. circumstances is in great danger of living in a little Cliff

, at the Bible and Three Crowns in Cheapside." time much beneath them; or, as the Italian proverb This advertisement has given great matter of “ The man who lives by hope, will die by speculation to coffee-house theorists. Mr. Cliff's

hunger." principles and conversation have been canvassed

It should be an indispensable rule in life, to copupon this occasion, and various conjectures made tract our desires to our present condition, and, why he should thus set his heart upon No. 132. 1 whatever may be our expectations, to live within have examined all the powers in those numbers, the compass of what we actually possess. It will broken them into fractions, extracted the square and be time enough to enjoy an estate when it comes cube root, divided and multiplied them all ways, but into our hands; but if we anticipate our good forcould not arrive at the secret until about three days tune, we shall lose the pleasure of it when it arrives, ago, when I received the following letter from an and may possibiy never possess what we have so unknown hand; by which I find that Mr. Nath. foolishly counted upon.-L. Cliff

' is only the agent, and not the principal, in this advertisement.

No. 192.] WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10. 1711. “MR. SPECTATOR,

-Uno ore omnes omnia “ I am the person that lately advertised I would

Bona dicere, et laudare fortunas meas, give ten shillings more than the current price for Qui gnatum haberem tali ingenio præditum

TER. Andr. act. sc. 1.

-All the world * In the year 1704 a bill was brought into the house of commons against occasional conformity: and in order to make With one accord said all good things, and prais'd it pass through the house of lords, it was proposed to tack it My happy fortunes, who possess a son to a money.bill. This occasioned warm debates, and at length So good, so liberally disposed.- COLMAX. it was put to the vote ; when 134 were for tacking : but a

I stood the other day, and bebeld a father sitlarge majority being against it, the motion was overruled, and ting in the middle of a room with a large family of the bill miscarried. * In the Revelations. See ch. xiñ. ver. 18.

children about him: and methought I could ob Alluding to the number se called in the Calendar. Actuated.

• Disburse seems to stand here for reimburse.

rulis,

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