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my reader that this princess was then under prose- may think of me) mine innocence shall be openly cation for disloyalty to the king's bed, and that she known, and sufficiently cleared. was afterward publicly beheaded upon the same ne My last and only request shall be, that myself count; though this prosecution was helieved by inany may only bear the burden of your grace's displeala proceed, as she herself intimates, rather from the sure, and that it may not touch the innocent souls of king's love to Jane Seymour, than from any actual those poor gentlemen, who (as I understand) are erine in Ann of Boulogue.

likewise in strait imprisonment for my sake. 19

ever I have found favour in your sight, if ever the Queen Ann Boleyn's last Leiter to King Henry. name of Ann Boleyn hath been pleasing in your

cars, then let me obtain this request, and I will so Cotton Lib. Otho. C.10.

leave to trouble your grace any further, with mine “ Your grace's displeasure and my imprisonment, earnest prayers to the Trinity, to have your grace are things so strange unto me, as what to write, or in his good keeping, and to direct you in all your that to excuse, I am altogether ignorant. Whereas actions. From my doleful prison in the Tower, this you send unto me (willing me to confess a truth, sixth of May; and so obtain your favour), by such a one, whom “ Your most loyal, and ever faithful wife, you know to be mine ancient professed enemy, I no L..

“ ANN BOLEYN.songer received this message by him, than I rightly conceived your meaning; and if, as you say, confessing a truth indeed may procure my safety, I

No. 398.) FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 1712. shall with all willingness and duty perform your

Insanire pares certa ratione modoque.--Hor. 2 Sat. iii. 271 command. ** But let not your grace ever imagine, that your

With art and wisdom, and be mad by rule.-CRXLOH. poor wife will ever be brought to acknowledge a CYNTHIO and Flavia are persons of distinction in fault where not so much as a thought thereof pre- this town, who have been lovers these ten months ceded. And to speak a truth, never prince had wife last past, and writ to each other for gallaniry-sake more loyal in all duty, and in all true affection, than under those feigned names ; Mr. Such-a-one and you have ever found in Ann Boleyn: with which Mrs. Such-a-one not being capable of raising the name and place I could willingly have contented soul out of the ordinary tracts and passages of life, myself, if God and your grace's pleasure had been up to that elevation which makes the life of the en29 pleased. Neither did I at any time so far forget amoured so much superior to that of the rest of the myself in my exaltation or received queenship, but world. But ever since the beauteous Cecilia has that I always looked for such an alteration as now I made such a figure as she now does in the circle of find; for the ground of my preferment being on no charming women, Cynthio has been secretly one of lurer foundation than your grace's fancy, the least her adorers. Lætitia has been the finest woman in alteration I knew was fit and sufficient to draw that town these three months, and so long Cynthio has faces to some other subject. You have chosen me acted the part of a lover very awkwardly in the prefrom a low estate to be your queen and companion, sence of Flavia. Flavia hos been too blind towards far beyond my desert or desire. If, then, you found hin, and has too sincere a heart of her own to obme worthy of such honour, good your grace, let not serve a thousand things which would have discovered any light fancy, or bad counsel of mine enemies, this change of mind to any one less engaged than withdraw your princely favour from me; neither let she was. Cynthio was musing yesterday in the that stain, that unworthy stain, of a disloyal heart piazza in Covent-garden, and was saying to himself towards your good grace, ever cast so foul a blot on that he was a very ill man to go on in visiting and your most dutiful wife, and the infant princess your professing love to Flavia, when his heart was endaughter. Try me, good king, but let me bave a thralled to another. “ It is an infirmity that I am lawful trial, and let not my sworn enemies sit as my not constant to Flavia; but it would be still a accusers and judges; yea, let me receive an open greater crime, since I cannot continue to love her, trial

, for my truth shall fear no open shame; then to profess that I do. To marry a woman with the skall you see either mine innocency cleared, your coldness that usually indeed comes on after marriage, suspicion and conscience satisfied, the ignominy and is ruining one's self with one's eyes open; besides, slander of the world stopped, or my guilt openly it is really doing her an injury.” This last consideclared. So that, whatsoever God or you may deration forsooth, of injuring her in persisting, made determine of me, your grace may be freed from an him resolve to break off upon the first favourable pet eensure; and mine offence being so lawfully opportunity of making her angry. When he was proved, your grace is at liberty both before God and in this thought, he saw Robin the porter, who waits 0142, not only to execute worthy punishment on me at Will's coffee house, passing by. Robin, you as an unlawful wife, but to follow your affection al- must know, is the best man in town for carrying a ready settled on that party, for whose sake I ain now billet; the fellow has a thin body, swift step, demure as I am, whose name I could some good while since looks, sufficient sense, and kuows the town. This have pointed unto, your grace being not ignorant of man carried Cynthio's first letter to Flavia, and, by may suspicion therein.

frequent visits ever since, is well known to her “But if you have already determined of me, and The fellow covers his knowledge of the nature of his that not only my death, but an infamous slander, messages with the most exquisite low humour imamust bring you the enjoying of your desired happi- ginable. The first he obliged Flavia to take, was uess; then I desire of God, that he will pardon your by complaining to her that he had a wife and three great sin therein, and likewise mine enemies, the children; and if she did not take that letter, which instruments thereof; and that he will not call you he was sure there was no harm in, but rather love, 15 * strict account for your unprincely and cruel his family must go supperless to bed, for the gentleusage of me, at his general judgment-seat, where man would pay him according as he did his busiboth you and myself must shortly appear, and in ness. Robin, therefore, Cynthio now thought fit :0 whose judgment I doubt not (whatsoever the world muke use of, and gave him orders to wait before

“ SIR,

Flavia's door, and if she called him to ber, and very unaccountable, and alarms one that has had asked whether it was Cynthio who passed by, he thonghis of passing his days with you. But I 4 should at first be loath to own it was, but uponi im. born tv admire you with all your imperfections. portunity confess it There needed not much scurch

Craturu." into that part of the town to find a well-dressed hussy fit for the purpose Cyathio designed her.

Robin ran back and brought for answer: As soon as he believed Robin was posted, he drove Exact Sir, there are at Will's Coffee-houxe six by Flavia’s lodgings in a hackney-coach and a wo minutes after three, June 4; one that has hul man in it. Robin was at the door talking with thoughts, and all my little imperfections. Sír, cuilze Flavia's maid, and Cyathio pulled up the glass as to me immediately, or I shall determines hat ney surprised, and hid his associate. The report of this perhaps not be very pleasing to you. circumstance soon flew up stairs, and Robin could

“Flavia," not deny but the gentleman favoured* his master; yet if it was he, he was sure the lady was but his Robin gave an account that she looked excessite cousin whom he had seen ask for bini, adding that angry when she gave him the letter; and that be lie believed she was a poor relation, because they told her, for she asked, that Cynthio only looked at made her wait one morning till he was awake. the clock, taking snuff

, and writ two or three words Flavia iminediately writ the followiny epistle, which on the top of the letter when he gave him bris. Rubin brought to Will's :

Now the plot thickened so well, as that Cynth's

saw he had not much more to do, to accompl.: “ Sir,

June 4, 1712.

being irreconcilably banished; he writ, It is in vain to deny it, basest, falsest of man.

“ MADAM, kind; my maid as well as the bearer saw you.

“ I have that prejudice favour of all you do, “ The injured Flavia.”

that it is not possible for you to determine upon After Cynthio had read the letter, he asked Ro- what will not be very pleasing to bin how she looked, and what she said at the de.

“ Your obedient Servant, livery of it. Robin said she spoke short to him,

“ CYXTH10." and called him back again, and had nothing to say to him, and bid him and all the men in the world This was delivered, and the answer returned, in go out of her sight: but the maid followed, and bid a little more than two seconds him bring an answer. Cynthio returned as follows:

". Is it come to this? You never loved me, and “ June 4, Three afternoon, 1712.

the creature you were with is the properest persou MADAM,

for your associate. I despise you, and hope I shall " That your maid and the bearer have seen me

soon hate you as a villain to

“ The credulous Flavia." very often is very certain; but I desire to know, being engaged at piquet, what your letter means by Robin ran back with: ' 'tis in vain to deny it.' I shall stay here all the

" MADAM, evening. Your amazed Cynth1O." “ Your credulity when you are to gain your point,

and suspicion when you fear to lose it, inake it a As soon as Robin arrived with this, Flavia an- very hurd part to behave as becomes your humble swered:

slave,

* Cynth10." “ DEAR Cynthio,

Robin whipt away and returned with, “ I have walked a turn or two in my anti-cham

“ MR. WELLFORD, ber since I writ to you, and have recovered myself from an impertinent fit which you ought to forgive from the hard part of which you complain, and

“ Flavia and Cynthio are no more. I relieve you me, and desire you would come to me immediately to laugh off a jealousy that you and a creature of the banish you from my sight for ever. town went by in a hackney-coach an hour ago.

“ANN HEART." “ I am your most humble Servant, Robin bad a crown for his afternoon's work; and

“ Flavia.”

. this is published to admotish Cecilia to aveuge the

injury done to Flavia.-T. “I will not open the letter which my Cynthio writ upon the misapprehension you must have been under, when you writ, for want of hearing the whole

No. 399.] SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 1712. circumstance."

Ut nemo in sese tentat descendere --PERS. Sat is. 23. Robin came back in an instant, and Cynthio None, none descends into himself to find answered:

The secret imperfections of his mind.-DKYDEX. “ Half-an-hour sis minutes after three, HYPOCRISY at the fashionable end of the town is “MADAM, June 4, Will's Coffee-house. very different from hypocrisy in the city. Tbe

" It is certain I went by your lodging with a modish hypocrite endeavours to appear more vicious gentlewoman to whom I have the honour to be than he really is, the other kind of hypocrite more known; she is indeed my relation, and a pretty virtuous. The former is afraid of every thing that sort of woman. But your starting manuer of wri-has the show of religion in it, and would be thought ting, and owning you have not done nic the honour engaged in many criminal gallantries and amours so much as to open my letter, has in it something which he is not guilty of. The latter assumes a face

of sanctity, and covers a multitude of vices under a seeming religious deportmcnt.

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But there is another kind of hypocrisy, which dii. In the next place, that we may not deceive ourfers from both these, and which I intend to make selves in a point of so much importance, we should the subject of this paper; I mean that hypocrisy, not lay too great a stress on any supposed virtues by wbicis a mau does not only deceive the world, we possess that are of a doubtful nature: and such but very often imposes on himself; that hypocrisy we inay esteem all those in which multitudes of men which conceals his own heart from him, and makes dissent from us, who are as good and wise as ourhim believe he is more virtuous than he really is, selves. We should always act with great cautiousand either not attend to his vices, or mistake even ness and circumspection in points where it is not bis vices for virtues. It is this fatal hypocrisy, and impossible that we may be deceived. Intempe. self-dereit, which is taken notice of in those words, rate zeal, bigotry, and persecution for any party " Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou me or opinion, how praise worthy soever they may from secret faults.”

appear to weak men of our own principles, produce If the open professors of impiety deserve the ut-infinite calamities among mankind, and are highly most application and endeavours of moral writers criminal in their own nature; and yet how many to recover them from vice and folly, how much persons eminent for piety suffer such monstrous and more may those lay a claim tu iheir care and come absurd principles of action to take root in their passion, who are walking in the paihs of death, minds under the colour of virtues! For my own while they fancy themselves enyaged in a course o part, I must own I never yet knew any party so just virtue! I shall endeavour therefore to lay down and reasonable, that a man could follow it in its height some rules for the discovery of those vices that lurk and violence, and at the same time be innocent. in the secret corners of the soul, and to show my We should likewise be very apprehensive of those reader those methods by which be may arrive at a actions which proceed from natural constitution, fatrue and impartial knowledge of himself. The vourite passions, particular education, or whatever usual means prescribed for this purpose are, to ex. promotes our worldly interest and advantage. In amine ourselves by the rules which are laid down these and the like cases, a man's judgment is easily for our direction in sacred writ, and to compare our perverted, and a wrong bias hung upon his mind. lives with the life of that person who acted up to the These are the inlets of prejudice, the unguarded perlection of human nature, and is the standing avenues of the mind, by which a thousaud errors example, as well as the great guide and instructor, and secret faults fiud admission, without being obsof those who receive his doctrines. Though these served or taken notice of. A wise man will suspect two heads cannot be too much insisted upon, I shall those actions to which he is directed by something but just mention them, since they have been handled besides reason, and always apprehend some concealed by many great and eminent writers.

evil in every resolution that is of a disputable nature, 'I would therefore propose the following methods when it is conformable to his particular temper, his to the consideration of such as would find out their se- age, or way of life, or when it favours his pleasure cret faults, and make a true estimate of themselves:-- or his profit.

In the first place, let them consider well what There is nothing of greater importance to us than are the characters which they bear among their ene- thus diligently to sist our thoughts, and examine ai! mies. Our friends very often flatter us, as much these dark recesses of the mind, if we should esiaas our own hearts. They either do not see our faults, blish our souls in such a solid and substantial virtue, or conceal them from us, or soften them by their as will turn to account in that great day when it representations, after such a manner that we think must stand the test of infinite wisdom and justice. them too trivial to be taken notice of. An adver. I shall conclude this essay with observing that ihe sary, on the coutrary, makes a stricter search into two kinds of hypocrisy i have here sjuken vi, as, discovers every flaw and imperfection in our namely, that of deceiving the world, and that of intempers; and though his malice may set them in posing on ourselves, are touched with wonderful too strong a light, it has generally some ground for beauty in the hundred and thirty-ninth psalm. The what it advances. A friend exaggerates a man's fully of the first kind of hypocrisy is there set forth virtuen, an enemny intiames his crimes. A wise man by reflections on God's omniscience and omnipre, should give a just attention to both of them, so far sence, which are celebrated in as noble strains of as they may tend to the improvement of the one, poetry as any other I ever met with, either sacred and diminution of the other. Plutarch has wriiten or profane. The other kind of hypo«risy, whereby an essay on the benefits which a man may receive a man deceives himself, is intimated in the two last from bis enemies, and among the good fruits of en- verses, where the Psalmist addresses himself to the mity, mentions this in particular, that by the re. great Searcher of hearts in that emphatical petition, proaches which it casts upon us we see ihe worst * Try me, O God! and seek the ground of my heart: side of ourselves, and open our eyes to several be- prove me, and examine my thoughts. Look well if mishes and defects in our lives and conversations, ihere be any way of wickedness in me, and lead me which we should not liave observed without the help in the way everlasting.” of sub ill-natured monitors.

L. lu order likewise to come at a true knowledge of baiselves, we should consider on the other hand how tar we may deserve the praises and approbations

No. 400.] MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1712. which the world bestow upon us; whether ihe actions

-Latet anguis in herba.-Virg. Ecl. iii. 93. they celebrate proceed from laudable and worthy

There's a snake in the grass.—Exolish PROVERBS. Butives ; and how far we are really possessed of the virtues which gain us applause among those with st should, methinks, preserve modesty and its in*bom we conretse. Such a reflection is ab.v.lutely terests in the world, that the transgression of 1 Decessary, if we consider how apt we are either to always creates offence; and the very purposes of Walue or condemn: ourselves by theopivious of others, wantonness are defeated by a carriage which has in acd to sacritice the report of our own hearts to the it so much boldness, as to intimate that fear ana re. jui'gment of the world.

luctance are quite extinguished in an object which

would be otherwise desirable. It was said of a wit admirers. They are honest arts when their purpose of the last age,

is such, but infamous when misapplied. It is cerSedley has that prevailing gentle art

tain that many a young woman in this town has bad Which can with a resistless charm impart

her heart irrecoverably won, by men who have not The loosest wishes to the chastest heart;

made one advance which ties their admirers, though Raise such a confict, kindle such a fire,

the females languish with the utmost anxiety. I Between declining virtue and desire, That the poor vanquish'd maid dissolves away

have olten, by way of admonition to my female In dreams all nighi, in sighs and tears all day. leaders, given them warning against agreeable com This prevailing gentle art was made up of company of the other ses, except they are well acplaisance, courtship,

and artful conformity to the quainted with their characters. Women may disinodesty of a woman's manners. Rusticity, broad guise it if they think fit; and the more to do it, expression, and forward obtrusion, offend those of they may be angry at me for saying it; but I say it education, and make the transgressors odious to all probation of men. withoué soinc degree of love

.

is natyral to them, that they have no manner of arwho have merit enough to attract regard. It is in For this reason he is dangerous to be entertained as this taste that the scenery is so beautifully ordered in the description which Antony makes, in the dia- a friend or a visitant, who is capable of gaining ang

eminent esteem or observation, though it be never logue between him and Dolabella, of Cleopatra in her barge.

so remote from pretensions as a lover. If a man's

heart has not the abhorrence of any treacherous de Her galley down the silver Cidnos rowd;

sign, he may easily improve approbation into kind. The iackling silk, the streamers wav'd with gold; ness, and kindness into passion. There may possibly The gentle winds were lodgd in purple sails; Her nymphs, like Nereids, round her couch were plac'd,

be no manner of love between them in the eyes of Where she, another sea-born Venus, lay;

all their acquaintance; uo, it is all friendship; and She lay, and leand her cheek upon her hand,

yet they may be as fond as shepherd and shepherders And cast a look so languishingly sweet, As is, secure of all beholders' hearts,

in a pastoral, but still the nymph and the swain may Neglecting she could take them. Boys, like Cupids,

be to each other, no other, I warrant you, than I'sStood fanning with their painted wings the wind

lades and Orestes. l'hat play'd about her face; but if she smild, A darting glory seem d to blaze abroad,

When Lucy decks with flowers her swelling breast, That men's desiring eyes were never wearyd,

And on her elbow le:us, disse tnbling res; But bung upon the object. To soft flutes

Unable to refrain my madding mind, The silver oars kept time: and while they play'd,

Nor sheep nor pasture worth my care I find. The hearing gave new pleasure to the sight;

Once Delia slept, on easy moss reclin d. And both to thought

Her lovely limbs hall bare, and rule the wiad:

I smooth and her coals, and stole a silent kiss ; Here the imagination is warmed with all the ob

Condemu me, shepherds, if I did amiss jects presented, and yet is there nothing that is Juscious, or what raises any idea more loose than

Such good offices as these, and such friendly that of a beautiful woman set off to advantage. The thoughts and concerns for one another, are what like, or a more delicate and careful spirit of modesty, inake up the amity, as they call it, between man and appears in the following passage in one of Mr. Phil. lips's pastorals :

It is the permission of such intercourse that makes

a young woman come to the arins of her husband, Breathe soft; ye winds! ye waters, gently flow! after the disappointment of four or five passions Shield her, ye trees ! ye flowers, around her grow! Ye swains, í beg you, pass in silence by!

which she has successively bad for different men, My love in yonder vale asleep does lie.

before she is prudentially given to him for whom Desire is corrected when there is a tenderness or should a poor creature do that has lost all her friends!

she has neither love nor friendship. For wizat admiration expressed which partakes the passion. There's Marinet the agreeable has, to my knowledge, Licentious language has something brutal in it, bad a friendship for Lord Welford, which had like which disgraces humanity, and leaves us in the con- to break her heart : then she had so great a friend. dition of the savages in the field. But it may be ship for Colonel Hardy, that she could not cedure asked, To what good use can tend a discourse of any woman else should do any thing but rail at bine. this kind at all ? It is to alarm chaste ears against Many and fatal have been the disasters betweet such as have, what is above called, the “prevailing friends who have fallen out, and their resentments gentle art." Masters of that talept are capable of are more keen than ever those of other men can clothing their thoughts in so soft a dress, and some- possibly be: but in this it happens unfortunately

, thing so distant from the secret purpose of their lihat as there ought to be nothing concealed from che heart, that the imagination of the unguarded is friend to another, the friends of different sexes very touched with a fondness, which grows too insensibly often find fatal effects from their unanimity. to be resisted. Much care and concern for the lady's welfare, to seem afraid lest she should be annoyed innocence and tranquillity as I can, I shun the

For my part, who study to pass life in as much by the very air which surrounds her, and this ut- company of agreeable women as much as postered rather with kind looks, and expressed by an sible; and must confess that I have, though a tolerinterjection, an “ah,"' or an "oh,” at some little able good philosopher, but a low

opinion of Platonic hazard in moving or making a step, than in any love: for which reason I thought it necessary to direct profession of love, are the methods of skilful give my fair readers a caution against il

, having, to

my great concern, observed the waist of a Platonist Sedley (Sir Cha.), a writer of verses in the reign or lately swell to a roundness which is inconsistent Charles II., with whom he was a great favourite. The noble with that philosophy.-T. man's verses quoted ucre allude, it has been said, not to Sir Charles Sedley's writings, but to bis personal address; for we are told that, by stadying human nature, he had acquired to an eminent degree the art of making himself agreeable, parti eulurly to the ladies.

t Dryden's “ All for Love," act iii. sc. 1

roman.

" Sir

the whole case.

No. 401.1 TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 1712. says your favourite author, in an agreeablc lover,

where there is not too great a disparity in their cirIn amore hrc omnia insunt vitia : injuriæ,

cumstances, is the greatest blessing that can befal a Saspiriones, inimicitiæ, inducire,

Belium, pax rursum. TER. Eun. act i. sc. I. person beloved; and, if overlooked in one, may perIt is the capricious state of love. to be attended with injuries, haps never be found in another.' suspicious, eumitics, truces, quarrelling, and reconcilement. " I do not, however, at all despair of being very

I shall publish, for the entertainment of this shortly much better beloved by you than Antenor is day, an odd sort of a packet, which I have just re at present; since, whenever my fortune shall ex. ceived from one of my female correspondents.

ceed his, you were pleased to intimate your passion

would increase accordingly. “MR. SPECTATOR,

“ The world has seen me shamcfully lose that "Since you have often confessed that you are not time to please a fickle woman, which might have displeased your papers should sometimes convey the been employed much more to my credit and advan complaints of distressed lovers to each other, I am tage in other pursuits. I shall therefore take the in hopes you will favour one who gives you an un- liberty to acquaint you, however harsh it may sound doubted instance of her reformation, and at the same in a lady's ears, that though your love-fit should time a convincing proof of the happy influence your happen to return, unless you could contrive a way labours have bad over the most incorrigible part of to make your recantation as well known to the pubthe most incorrigible sex. You must know, Sir, Ilic, as they are already apprised of the manner with am onc of that species of women, whom you have which you have treated me, you shall never more see often characterized under the name of ‘jilts,' and

* PHILANDER." that I send you these lines as well to do public penance for baving so long continued in a known

" AMORET TO PHILANDER, error, as to beg pardon of the party offended. I the rather choose this way, because it in some mea “Upon reflection, I find the injury I have done sure answers the terms on which he intimated the both to you and myself to be so great, that, though breach between us might possibly be made up, as the part I now act may appear contrary to that deyou will see by the letter he sent me the next day corum usually observed by our sex, yet I purposely after I had discarded him; which I thought fit to break through all rules, that my repentance may in send yru a copy of, that you might the better know some measure equal my crime, I'assure you, that

in my present hopes of recovering you, I look upon " I must further acquaint you, that before I jilted Antenor's estate with contempt. The fop was here him, there had been the greatest intimacy between yesterday in a gilt chariot and new liveries, but I tus for a year and a half together, during all which refused to see him. Though I dread to meet your tiire I cherished his hopes, and indulged his flame. eyes after what has passed, I flatter myself, that, I leave you to guess, after this, what must be his amidst all their confusion, you will discover such a surprise, when upon his pressing for my full consent tenderness in mine, as none can imitate but those one day, I told him I wondered what could make who love. I shall be all this month at Lady D's him fancy he had ever any place in my affections, in the conntry; but the woods, the fields, and garHis own sex allow him sense, and all ours good- dens, without Philander, afford no pleasures to the breeding. His person is such as might, without unhappy

" ANORET. vanity, inake him believe himself not incapable of being beloved. Our fortunes, indeed, weighed in

“ I must desire you, dear Mr. Spectator, to pubthe nice scale of interest, are not exactly equal, lish this my letter to Philander as soon as possible

, which by the way was the true cause of my jiting and to assure him that I know nothing at all of the him; and I had the assurance to acquaint him with death of his rich uncle in Gloucestershire."-X. the following maxim, that I should always believe that man's passion to be the most violent, who could offer ne the largest settlement. I have since No. 402.) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1712. ebanged my opinion, and have endeavoured to let him know so much by several letters, but the bar Ipse sibi tradit Spectatorbarous man has refused them all; so that I have no Sent by the Spectator to himself. way left of writing to him but by your assistance. Were I to publish all the advertisements I reIf we can bring him about once more, I promise toccive from different hands, and persons of different send you all gloves and favours, and shall desire the circumstances and quality, the very mention of them, favour of Sir Roger and yourself to stand as god- without reflections on the several subjects, would fathers, to my first bos.

raise all the passions which can be felt by human “ I am, Sir,

minds. As instances of this, I shall give you two “ Your most obedient humble Servant, or three letters; the writers of which can have no

“ AMORET." recourse to any legal power for redress, and seem to “ PHILANDER TO AMORET.

have written rather to vent their sorrow than to re“MADAM

ceive consolation. "I am so surprised at the question you were

“ Mr. SPECTATOR, pleased to ask me yesterday, that I am still at a loss " I ain a young woman of beauty and quality, and what to say to it. At least my answer would be too suitably marrieri to a gentleman who dotes on me. Inng to trouble you with, as it would come from

a But this person of mine is the object of an unjust person, who it seems is so very indifferent to you. passion in a nobleman who is very intimate with my Instead of it, I shall only recommend to your consi- husband. This friendship gives him very easy acderation, the opinion of one whose sentiments on cess, and frequent opportunities of entertaining me these matters I have often heard you say are ex- apart. My heart is in the utmost anguish, and my tremely just. "A generous and constant passion," I face is covered over with confusion, when ' 1 impart

et quae

HOR. Ars Poet. 181

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