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not fret and fume; it is my duty to tell you, that presents what is indifferent. Nor is it to be doubted

! »you are of an impatient spirit, and an impatient, but that such ignominious wretches let their private spirit is never without woe. -"Was ever any thing passions into these their clandestine informations,

like this?"_“Yes, Sir, there have been many things and often wreak their particular spite or malice like this: the loss is but a trifle ; but your temper against the person whom they are set to watch. It ás wanton, and incapable of the least pain; there is a pleasant scene enough, which an Italian aufore let me advise you, be patient; the book is lost, thor describes between a spy and a cardinal who but do not you for that reason lose yourself.-T.* employed him. The cardiual is represented as

minuting down every thing that is told him. The

spy begins with a low voice, " Such a one, the adNo. 439.] THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1712. vocate, whispered to one of his friends, withiu my Hi narrata ferunt alio: mensuraque ficti

hearing, that your eminence was a very great pol. Crescit; et auditis aliquid novus adjicit auctor.

troon;" and, after having given his patron time to OVID, Metam. xii. 57.

take it down, adds, that another called him a mer. Some tell what they have heard, or tales devise ; cenary rascal in a public conversation. The earEach fiction still improv'd with added lies.

dinal replies, “Very well,” and bids him go on. Ovid describes the place of Fame as situated in The spy proceeds, and loads him with reports oa the very centre of th niverse, and perforated with the same nature, till the cardinal rises in great -80 many windows and avenues as gave her the wrath, calls him an impudent scoundrel, and kicks sight of every thing that was done in the heavens, him out of the room. in the earth, and in the sea. The structure of it It is observed of great and heroic minds, that was contrived in so admirable a manner, that it they have not only shown a particular disregard echoed every word which was spoken in the whole to those unmerited reproaches which have been compass of nature; so that the palace, says the poet, cast upon them, but have been altogriber free was always filled with a confused hubbub of low, from that impertinent curiosity of ir.quiring after dying sounds, the voices being almost spent and them, or the poor revenge of resenting them. The worn out before they arrived at this general ren- histories of Alexander and Cæsar are full of this kind dezvous of speeches and whispers.

of instances. Vulgar souls are of a quite contrary I consider courts with the same regard to the character. Dionysius, the tyrant of Sicily, had a governments which they superintend, as Ovid's pa- dungeon which was a very curious piece of archi lace of Fame with regard to the universe. The tecture; and of which, as I am informed, there are eyes of a watchful minister run through the whole still to be seen some remains in that island. It was people. There is scarce a murmur or complaint that called Dionysius's Ear, and built with several little does not reach his ears. They have news-gatherers windings and labyrinths, in the form of a real cari and intelligencers, distributed into their several | The structure of it made it a kind of whispering walks and quarters, who bring in their respective place, but such a one as gathered the voice of him quotas, and make them acquainted with the dis- who spoke into a funnel which was placed at the course and conversation of the whole kingdom or very top of it. The tyrant used to lodge all his commonwealth where they are employed. The state criminals, or those whom he supposed to be wisest of kings, alluding to these invisible and un- engaged together in any evil designs upou him, in suspected spies, who are planted by kings and rulers this dungeon. He had at the same time an apartover their fellow-citizens, as well as to those voluntary ment over it, where he used to apply himself to the informers that are buzzing about the ears of a great funnel, and by that means overheard every thing man, and making their court by such secret methods that was whispered in the dungeon. I believe oue of intelligence, has given us a very prudent cau. may venture to affirm, that a Cæsar or an Alextion;t “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought, ander would rather have died by the treason, than and curse not the ricb in thy bed-chamber; for a have used such disingenuous means for the detecting bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which of it. hath wings shall tell the matter."

A man who in ordinary life is very inquisitira As it is absolutely necessary for rulers to make after every thing which is spoken illofbim, passes bis use of other people's eyes and ears, they should take time but very indifferently. He is wounded by every particular care to do it in such a manner, that it arrow that is shot at him, and puts it in the power may not bear too hard on the person whose life and of every insignificant enemy to disquiet bim. Nay, conversation are inquired into. A man who is he will suffer from what has been said of him, when capable of so infamous a calling as that of a spy, it is forgotten by those who said or heard it. For is not very much to be "relied upon. He can have this reason I could never bear one of those officious no great ties of honour, or checks of conscience, to friends, that would be telling every malicious re restrain him in those covert evidences, where the port, every idle censure, that passed upon me. The person accused has no opportunity of vindicating tongue of man is so petulant, and his thoughts 50 himself. He will be more industrious to carry that variable, that one should not lay too great a stress which is grateful than that which is true. There upon any present speeches and opinions. Praise will be no occasion for him if he does not hear and and obloquy proceed very frequently out of the see things worth discovery; so that he naturally same mouth upon the same person, and upon the infames every word and circumstance, aggravates same occasion. A generous enemy will sometimes what is faulty, perverts what is good, and misre- bestow commendations, as the dearest friend caunot

sometimes refrain from speaking ill. The man who • By Steel. See No. 324, ad finem.

is indifferent in either of those respects gives his This scene passed in the shop of Mr. Vaillant, afterward opinion at random, and praises or disapproves 25 be Messrs. Payne and Mackinlay's, in the Strand; and the subject of it was (for it is still in remembrance) a volume of finds himself in humour. Massillon's Sermons. The shop is now one of the last to which I shall conclude this essay with part of a characauthors wish to have recourse, a trunk maker's!

ter, which is finely drawn by the Earl of Clarendon, + Eccl. x. 20.

in the first book of his History, and which gives us the lively picture of a great man leasing' himself | boobies about town. This you will say is a strange with an absurd curiosity.

character: but what makes it stranger yet, it is a "He had not that application and submission, very true one, for he is perpetually the reverse of and reverence for the queen, as might have been himself

, being always merry or dull to excess. We expected from his wisdom and breeding; and often brought him hither to divert us, which he did very crossed her pretences and desires with more rude-well upon the road, having lavished away as much ness than was natural to bim. Yet he was imper- wit and laughter upon the hackney-coachman as tinently solicitous to know what her majesty said of might have served him during his whole stay here, biu in private, and what resentm she had to had it been duly managed. He had been lumpish wards him. And when by some confidants, who for two or three days, but was so far connived at, in had their ends upon him from those offices, he was hopes of recovery, that we dispatched one of the informed of some bitter expressions falling from her briskest fellows among the brotherhood into the inmajesty, he was so exceedingly afflicted and tor- firmary for having told him at table he was not mented with the sense of it, that sometimes by pas-merry. But our president observing that he insionate complaints and representations to the king, dulged himself in this long fit of stupidity, and consometimes by more dutiful addresses and expostula- struing it as a contempt of the college, ordered him tions with the queen in bewailing his misfortune, to retire into the place prepared for such compahe frequently exposed himself, and left his condition nions. He was no sooner got into it, but his wit worse than it was before, and the éclaircissement and mirtb returned upon him in so violent a mancommonly ended in the discovery of the persons ner, that he shook the whole infirmary with the from whom he had received his most secret intelli- poise of it, and had so good an effect upon the rest gence."--C.

of the patients, that he brought them all out to din

ner with him the next day. No. 440.1 FRIDAY, JULY 25, 1712.

“On Tuesday we were no sooner sat down, but

one of the company complaiued tbat his head ached; Vivere si recte nescis, decede peritis.- Hor. 2 Ep. ii. 213 upon which another asked him, in an insolent manLearn to live well, or fairly make your will. — POPE ner, what he did there then? This insensibly grew I have already given my reader an account of a into some warm words; so that the presideni, in set of merry fellows who are passing their summer order to keep the peace, gave directions to take together in the country, being provided of a great them both from the table, and lodge them in the house, where there is not only a convenient apart. infirmary. Not long after, another of the company kient for every particular person, but a large infir- telling us he knew, by a pain in his shoulder, that mary for the reception of such of them as are any we should have some rain, the president ordered may indisposed or ont of humour. Having lately bim to be removed, and placed as a weather-glass received a letter from the secretary of this society, in the apartment above mentioned. by order of the whole fraternity, which acquaints

“ On Wednesday, a gentleman, having received me with their behaviour during the last week, I shall a letter written in a woman's hand, and changing here make a present of it to the public.

colour twice or thrice as he read it, desired leave to

retire into the infirmary. “MR. SPECTATOR,

The president con

sented, but denied him the use of pen, ink, and "We are glad to find that you approve the esta- paper, till such time as he had slept upon it. One blishment which we have here made for the retriev- of the company being seated at the lower end of the ing of good mappers and agreeable conversation, table, and discovering his secret discontent, by findand shall use our best endeavours so to improve our. ing fault with every dish that was served up, and selves in this our summer retirement, that we may refusing to laugh at any thing that was said. the Dext winter serve as patterns to the town But to president told him, that he found he was in an the end that this our institution may be no less ad- uneasy seat, and desired him to accommodate vantageous to the public than to ourselves, we shall | himself better in the infirmary. After dinner, cornmunicate to you one week of our proceedings, very honest fellow chancing to let a pun fall from desiring you at the same time, if you see any thing him; his neighbour cried out, . To the infirmary;' faulty in them, to favour us with your admonitions; at the same time pretending to be sick at it, as havfor you must know, Sir, that it has been proposed ing the same natural antipathy to a pun which some anoogst us to choose you for our visitor ; to which have to a cat. This produced a long debate. Upon I must further add, that one of the college having the whole, the punster was acquitted, and his neighdeclared last week he did not like the Spectator of bour sent off. the day, and not being able to assign any just rea- “ On Thursday there was but one delinquent. sans for such his dislike, he was sent to the in. This was a gentleman of strong voice, but weak frary nemine contradicente.

understanding. He had unluckily engaged himself "On Monday the

assembly was in very good hu- in dispute with a man of excellent sense, but of a mour, having received some recruits of French

claret modest elocution. The man of heat replied to every that morning: when, unluckily, towards the

middle answer of his antagonist with a louder note than of the dinner, one of the company swore at his ser ordinary, and only raised his voice

when he should vant in a very rough manner for having put too have enforced his argunient. Finding himself at much water in his wine. Upon which the president length driven to an absurdity, he still reasoued in a of the day, who is always the mouth of the company, more clamorous and confused manner; and, to make After having convinced him of the impertinence of the greater impression upon his hearers, concluded bis passion, and the insult it had made upon the with a loud thump upon the table. The president company, ordered his man to take him from the immediately ordered him to be carried off

, and dieted table, and convey him to the infirmary. There was with water-gruel, till such time as he should be but one more sent away that day; this was a gentle sufficiently weakened for conversation. tuan, who is reckoned by some persons one of the

“ On Friday there passed very little remarkable, freatest fits, and by others one of the greatest saving only, that several petitions were read of the persons in custody, desiring to be released from. But, without considering the supernatural bless their confinement, and vouching for one another's ing which accoinpanies this duty, we may observe, good behaviour for the future.

that it bas a natural tendency to its own reward, or, "On Saturday we received many excuses from in other words, that this firm trust and confidence persons who had found themselves in an unsociable in the great Disposer of all things, contributes very temper, and had voluntarily shut themselves up. much to the getting clear of any affliction, or to the The infirmary was, indeed, never so full as on this bearing it manfully. A person who believes he day, which I was at some loss to account for, till, has his succour at hand, and that he acts in tbe upon my going abroad, I observed that it was an sight of his friend, often exerts himseli beyond his easterly wind. The retirement of inost of my friends abilities, and does wonders that are not to be inatched has given me opportunity and leisure of writing you by one who is not animated with such a confidence this letter, which I must not conclude without assur- of success. I could produce instances from history, ing you, that all the members of our college, as well of generals, who, out of a belief that they were ebthose who are under confinement as those who are der the protection of some invisible assistant, did at liberty, are your very humble servants, though not only encourage their soldiers to do their utmost, none more than," &c.-C.

but have acted themselves beyond what they would have done had they not been inspired by such a be.

lief. I might in the same manner show how such a No. 441.) SATURDAY, JULY 26 1712. trust in the assistance of an Almighty Being natu

rally produces patience, hope, cheerfulness, and all Si fractus illabatur orbis, Impavidum ferient ruine.-Hor. 3 Od iii. 7. other dispositions of the mind that alleviate those

calamities which we are not able to remove. Should the whole frame of nature round him break, Iv ruin and confusion hurl'd,

The practice of this virtue administers great com. He, unconcer'd, would hear the mighty crack, fort to the mind of man in times of poverty and And stand secure aniidst a falling world.—Axox,

affliction, but most of all in the hour of death. Man, considered in himself, is a very helpless When the soul is hovering in the last moments in and a very wretched being. He is subject every its separation, when it is just entering on anotber moment to the greatest calamities and misfortunes. state of existence, to converse with scenes, and obHe is beset with dangers on all sides; and may be. jects, and companions, that are altogether new,come unhappy by numberless casualties, which he what can support her under such irembling ni could not foresee, nor have prevented had he fore- thought, such fears, such anxiety, such apprebesseen them.

sions, but the casting of all her cares upon him #bo It is our comfort, while we are obnoxious to so first gave her being, who has conducted her through many accidents, that we are under the care of One one stage of it, and will be always with her, to who directs contingencies, and has in his hands the guide and comfort her in her progress through management of every thing that is capable of an eternity? noying or offending us; who knows the assistance David has very beautifully represented this steady We stand in need of, and is always ready to bestow | reliance on God Almighty in his twenty-third psalm, it on those who ask it of him.

which is a kind of pastoral hymn, and filled with The natural homage which such a creature bears those allusions which are usual in that kind of to so infinitely wise and good a Being, is a firm re- writing. As the poetry is very exquisite, I shail liance on him for the blessings and conveniences of present my reader with the foilowing translatioa life, and a habitual trust in him for deliverance out of it:of all such dangers and difficulties as may befal us. The man who always lives in this disposition of

The Lord my pasture shall prepare, mind, has not the same dark and melancholy views

And feed me with a shepherd's care : of human nature, as he who considers himself ab

His presence shall my wants supply,

And guard me with a watchful eye: stractedly from tbis relation to the Supreme Being.

My noon-day walks be shall attend, At the same time that he reflects upon his own

And all my midnight hours desend. weakness and imperfection, he comforts himself

II. with the comtemplation of those divine attributes

When in the sultry glebe I faint, which are employed for his safety and his welfare,

Or on the thirsty mountain pant: He finds his want of foresight made up by the Om.

To fertile vales and dewy meads niscience of him who is his support. He is not

My weary, wand'ring steps he leads: sensible of his own want of strength, when he knows

Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,

Amid the verdant landscape Row. that his helper is almighty. In short, the person who has a firm trust on the Supreme Being is power

III. ful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his

Though in the paths of death I tread. happiness. He reaps the benefit of every divine

With gloomy horrors overspread, attribute, and loses his own insufficiency in the fula

My steadfasi heart shall know no ill,

For thou, O Lord, art with me stil; ness of infinite perfection.

Thy friendly crook shall give me aid, To make our lives more easy to us, we are com

And guide me tough the dreadful shade manded to put our trust in him, who is thus able to

IV. relieve and succour us: the divine goodness having made such a reliance a duty, notwithstanding we

Though in a bare and rugged way,

Through devious, lonely wilds 1 stray, should have been miserable had it been forbid

Thy bounty shall my pains begule; den us.

The barren wilderness shall snuisie Among several motives which might be made use

With sudden greens and herbage crowed,

And streams shall murmur all around of to recommend this duty to as, I shall only take

C. notice of these that follow

The first and strongest is, that we are promised he will not fail those who put their trust in him.


No. 442.) MONDAY, JULY 28, 1712, can be need of it) that it is none of mine; and if

the authors think fit to subscribe their names, I will Seribimus indocti doctique-HOR, 2 Ep. i. 117 add them. -Those who cannot write, and those who can,

I think the best way of promoting this generous All rhyme, and scrawl, and scribble, to a man.-Port and useful design will be by giving out subjects or

I do not know whether I enough explained myself themes of all kinds whatsoever, on which with a to the world, when I invited all men to be assistant preamble of the extraordinary benefit and advan. to me in this my work of speculation ; for I have tage that may accrue thereby to the public) I will pot yet acqöainted my readers, that besides the let- invite all manner of persons, whether scholars, ters and valuable hints I have from time to time citizens, courtiers, gentlemen of the town or counreceived from my correspondents, I have by me try, and all beaux, rakes, smarts, prudes, coquettes, several curious and extraordinary papers sent with housewives, and all sorts of wits, whether male or a design (as no one will doubt when they are pub- female, and however distinguished, whether they be lished) that they might be printed entire, and with true wits, whole or half wits, or whether arch, dry, out any alteration, by way of Spectator. I must natural, acquired, genuine, or depraved wits; and acknowledge also, that I myself

, being the first pro- persons of all sorts of tempers and complexions, jector of the paper, thought I had a right to make whether the severe, the delightful, the impertinent, them my own, by dressing them in my own style, the agreeable, the thoughtful, busy or careless, by leaving out what would not appear like mine, the serene or cloudy, jovial or melancholy, untoand by adding whatever might be proper to adapt wardly or easy, the cold, temperate, or sanguine; them to the character and genius of my paper, and of what manners or dispositions soever, whether with which it was almost impossible these could the ambitious or humble-minded, the proud or pitiexactly correspond, it being certain that hardly ful, ingenuous or base-minded, good or ill-natured, two men think alike; and, therefore, so many public-spirited or selfish; and under what fortune men so many Spectators. Besides, I must own or circumstance soever, whether the contented or mimy weakness for glory is such, that, if I con- serable, happy or unfortunate, high or low, rich or solted that only, I might be so far swayed by it, poor (whether so through want of money, or desire as almost to wish that no one could write a Spec. of more), healthy or sickly, married or single; nay, tator besides myself; nor can I deny, but upon the whether tall or short, fat or lean; and of what first perusal of those papers, I felt some secret in- trade, occupation, profession, station, country, facclinations of ill-will towards the persons who wrote tion, party, persuasion, quality, age, or condition them. This was the impression I had upon the suever; who have ever made thinking a part of first reading them; but upon a late review (more their business or diversion, and have any thing worfor the sake of entertainment than use), regarding thy to impart on these subjects to the world according them with another eye than I had done at first (for to their several and respective talents or geniuses; by converting them as well as I could to my own and, as the subjects given out hit their tempers, use, I thought I had utterly disabled them from humours, or circumstances, or may be made proever offending me again as Spectators), I found fitable to the public by their particular knowledge myself moved by a passion very different from that or experience in the matter proposed, to do their of'envy; sensibly touched with pity, the softest and utmost on them by such a time, to the end they may most generous of all passions, when I reflected receive the inexpressible and irresistible pleasure what a cruel disappointment the neglect of those of seeing their essays allowed of and relished by papers must needs have been to the writers who the rest of mankind. impatiently longed to see them appear in print,

I will not prepossess the reader with too great and who, no doubt, triumphed to themselves in the expectation of the extraordicary advantages which bopes of having a share with me in the applause of must redound to the public by these essays, when the public; a pleasure so great, that none but those the different thoughts and observations of all sorts who have experienced it can have a sense of it. In of persons, according to their quality, age, sex, this manner of viewing those papers

, I really found education, professions, humours, manners, and conI had not done them justice, there being something ditions, &c. shall be set out by themselves in the so extremely natural and peculiarly good in some clearest and most genuine light, and as they themof them, that I will appeal to the world whether it selves would wish to have them appear to the world. was possible to alter a word in them without doing The thesis proposed for the present exercise of the them a manifest hurt and violence; and whether adventurers to write Spectators is Money ; on which they can ever appear rightly, and as they ought, but subject all persons are desired to send in their in their own native dress and colours. And therefore thoughts within ten days after the date hereot.-T. I think I should not only wrong them, but deprive the world of a considerable satisfaction, should I No. 443.) TUESDAY, JULY 29, 1712. any longer delay the making them public.

Sublatam ex oculis quærimus invidi.Hor. 3 Od. xxiv. 32. After I have published a few of these Spectators,

Snatch'd from our sight, we eagerly pursue, I doubt not but I sball find the success of them to

And fondly would recall her to our view. equal, if not surpass, that of the best of my own. An

CAMILLA* TO THE SPECTATOR. anthor should take all methods to humble himself in the opinion he has of his own performances. When

“ MR. SPECTATOR, Venice, July 10, N.S. those papers appear to the world, I doubt not but

" I take it extremely ill, that you do not reckon they will be followed by many others; and I shall conspicuous persons of your nation are within your not repine, though I mysel! shall have left me but cognizance, though out of the dominions of Great a very few days to appear in public; but, pre- life, that I should ever call it a happiness to be out

Britain. I little thought, in the green years of my ferring the general weal and advantage to any considerations of myself, I am resolved for the future of dear England; but as I grew to woman, I found to publish any Spectator that deserves it entire, and without any alteration ; assuring the world (if there that nume.

* Mrs. Tofts, who played the part of Camilla in the opera of

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Be calm as in the arms of death:

myseif less acceptable in proportion to the in- rage. Let not good fortune be imposed on the crease of my merit. Their ears in Italy are so world for good management, nor poverty be called differently formed from the make of yours in Eng. folly; impute not always bankruptcy to extrava. land, that I never come upon the stage, but a gene- gance, nor an estate to foresight. "Niggardliness is ral satisfaction appears in every countenance of the not good husbandry, nor generosity profusion. whole people. When I dwell upon a note, I behold Honestus is a well-ineaning and judicious trader, all the men accompanying me with heads incliving, hath substantial goods, and trades with his own and falling of their persons on one side, as dying stock, husbands his money to the best advantage, away with me. The women too do justice to my without taking all the advantages of the necessities merit

, and no ill-natured worthless creature cries, of his workmen, or grinding the face of the poor. • The vain thing,' when I am rapt up in the per- Fortunatus is stocked with ignorance, and conseformance of my part, and sensibly touched with the quently with self-opinion; the quality of his goods effect my voice has upon all who hear me, I live cannot but be suitable to that of his judgment. bere distinguished as one whom nature has been Honestus pleases discerning people, and keeps their liberal to in a graceful person, and exalted mien. custom by good usage; makes modest profit by moand heavenly voice. These particularities in this dest means, to the decent support of his fainily; strange country are arguments for respect and ge- whilst Fortunatus, blustering always, pushes on, uerosity to her who is possessed of them. The Ita- promising much and performing lit:le; with obselians see a thousand beauties I ani sensible I have quiousness offensive to people of sense, strikes at no pretence to, and abundantly make up to me the all, catches much the greater part, and raises a injustice I received in my own country, of disallow- considerable fortune by imposition on others, to the ing me what I really had. The humour of hissing, discouragement and ruin of those wbo trade in the which you have among you, I do not know any same way. thing of; and their applauses are uttered in sighs, "I give here but loose hints, and beg you to be and bearing a part at the cadences of voice with the very circumspect in the province you have now use persons who are performing. I am often put in dertaken: if you perform it successfully, it will be mind of those complaisant lines of my own country- a very great good; for nothing is more wanting man,* when he is calling all his faculties together than that mechanic industry were set forth with the to hear Arabella.

freedom and greatness of mind which ought always Let all be hush d, each softest motion cease, to accompany a man of a liberal edueation. Be ev'ry loud tumultuous thought at peace;

“ Your humble Servant, And ev'ry ruder gasp of breath

" From my shop under

“ R. C.

the Royal Exchange, July 24."
And thou, most fickle, most uneasy part,
Thou restless wanderer, my heart,


July 24, 1712.
Be stul; gently, ah! gently leave,
Thou busy, idle thing, to heave:

Notwithstanding, the repeated censures that Sur not a pulse; and let my blood,

your spectatorial wisdom has passed upon people That turbulent, unruly food,

more remarkable for impudence than wit, there are Be softly staid : Lei me be all, but my attention, dead

yet some remaining, who pass with the giddy part * The whole city of Venice is as still when I am have noth.og but the former qualification to recom

of mankind for suflicient sharers of the latter, who singing as this polite bearer was to Mrs. Hunt. But niend them. Another timely animadversion is abe when they break that silence, did you know the solutely necessary: be pleased, therefore, once for pleasure I am in, when every man utters bis ap; all, to let these gentlemen know, that there is plause by calling me aloud, The dear creature ! neither mirth nor good-humour in hooting a young

The angel! The Venus! What attitude she moves fellow out of countenance; nor that it will ever conwith! -Hush, she sings again ! We have no boisterous wits who dare disturb an audience, and break stitute a wit, to conclude a tart piece of buffoouery the public peace merely to show they dare. Mr; inform them again, that to speak what they know

with a . What makes you blush ? Pray please to Spectator, I write this to you thus in haste, to tell is shocking proceeds from ill-nature and a sterility you I am so very much at ease here, that I know of brain ; especially when the subject will not adnothing but joy; and I will not return, but leave mit of raillery, and their discourse has no pretension you in England to hiss all merit of your own to satire but what is in their design to disoblige. growth off the stage. I know, Sir, you were always I should be very glad, too, if you would take notice, my admirer, and therefore I am yours,


that a daily repetition of the same orerbearing inee

lence is yet more insupportable, and a confirmation " P. S. I am ten times better dressed than ever I of very extraordinary dulness. The sudden publie was in England.”

cation of this may have an effect upon a tourious " Mr. SPECTATOR,

offender of this kind, whose reformation would news The project in yours of the 11th instant, of dound very much to the satisfaction and quiet of furthering the correspondence and knowledge of that

“ Your most humble Servant, considerable part of mankind, the trading world,


"F. B. cannot but be highly commendable. Good lectures to young traders may have very good effects on their No. 444.] WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 1712. conduct: but beware you propagate no false notions

Parturiunt montés Hor. Ars Poet v. 132 of trade: let none of your correspondents impose on the world by puting forth base methods in a good light, and glazing them over with improper terms. It gives me much despair in the design on I would have no means of profit set for copies to others, but such as are laudable in theinselves. Let not noise be called industry, nor impudence cou

Quid dignam tanto feret hic promursor hiatu?

Hor. An Peet. . 438 • Mr. Congreve dhe

Great cry and little wool-EXGLISE PROVERS

The mountain labours.

• Former motto:

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