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by no means be suspected, by what I have said, to ing bumpers, upou this maxim, that it is better to traduce in general the body of fox-hunters; for trouble others with my impertinence, than to be trouwhilst I lovk upon a reasonable creature full speed bled myself with theirs. The necessity of an inafter a pack of dogs by way of pleasure, and not of firmary makes me resolve to fall into that project; business, I shall always make honourable mention and as we should be but live, the terrors of an iuvoof it,
luntary separation, which our number cannot so well “ But the most irksome conversation of all others aduit of, would make us exert ourselves in opposiI have met with in the neighbourhood, has been tion to all the particulars mentioned in your instituamong two or three of your travellers who have over- tion of that equitable confinement. This my way of looked men and manners, and have passed through life I kuomi would subject me to the imputation of a France and Italy with the same observation that the motose, covetous, and singular fellow. These and all carriers and stage-coachmen do through Great Bri- other hard words, with all manner of insipid jests, tain; that is, their stops and stages have been re- land all other reproach, would be matter of mirtk to gulated according to the liquor they have met with me and my friends : besides, I would destroy the in their passage. They indeed remember the names application of the epithets morose and covetvus, by of abundance of places, with the particular fineries a yearly relief of my undeservedly necessitous neighof certain churches ;, but their distinguishing mark bours, and by treating my friends and domesties is a certain prettiness of foreign languages, the mean with a humanity that should express the obligation ing of which they could have better expressed in to lie rather on my side ; and as for the word sin. their own. The entertaininent of these fine observers gular, I was always of opinion every mian must be Shakspeare has described to consist
so, to be what one would desire him. In talking of the Alps and Apennines,
" Your very humble Servant, J. R."* The Pyrenean, and the river Po:
“ Mr. SpectATOR, ånd then concludes with a sigh,
“ ABOUT two years ago I was called upon by the Now this is worshipful society?
younger part of a country family, by my mother's side related to me, to visit Mr. Campbell
, t the dumb "I would not be thought in all this to hate such man; for they told -me that that was chiefly what honest creatures as dogs; I am only unhappy that I brought them to town, having heard wonders of him cannot partake in their diversions. But I love them in Essex. I, who always wanted faith in matters $0 well, as dogs, that I often go with my pockets of this kind, was not easily prevailed on to go; but, stuffed with bread to dispense my favours, or make lest they should take it ill, I went with them; shel my way through them at neighbours' houses. There to my surprise, Mr. Campbell related all their past is in particular a young hound of great expectation, life ; in short, had he not been prevented, such a viracity, and enterprise, that attends my flights discovery would have come out as would have tuined wherever he spies me. This creature observes my the next design of their coming to towu, vis, buying countenance, and behaves himself accordingly. His wedding-clothes. Our namesthough he never mirth, his frolic, and joy, upon the sight of me, has heard of us before--and we endeavoured to conbeen observed, and I have been gravely desired not ceal-were as familiar to him as to ourselves. To to encourage him so much, for it spoils his parts; be sure, Mr. Spectator, he is a very learned and but I thitik he shows them sufficiently in the several wise man. Being impatient to know my fortune, boundings, friskings, and scourings, when he makes having paid my respects in a family Jacobus, be his court to me; but I foresee in a little time he and told me (after his manner) among several other I must keep company with one another only, for we things, that in a year and nine months I should fall are fit for no other in these parts. Having informed ill of a new fever, be given over by my physicians, you how I do pass my time in the country where I but should with much difficulty recover; that, the am, I must proceed to tell you how I would pass it, first time I took the air afterward, I should be adhad I such a fortune as would put me above the ob- dressed to by a young gentleman of a plentiful futservance of ceremony and custom. ** My scheme of a country life, then, should be as tor, he is the purest man in the world, for all he said
tune, good sense, and a generous spirit. Mr. Specta. follows. As I am happy in three or four very agree is come to pass, and I am the happiest she in Kert
. able friends, these I would constantly have with me; I have been in quest of Mr. Campbell these three and the freedom we took with one another at school mouths, and cannot find him out. Now, hearing and the university, we would maintain and exert upon all occasions with great courage.
you are a dumb man too, I thought you might cor
There should be certain hours of ihe day to be employed think myself highly obliged to make his fortune, as
respond, and be able to tell me something for I in reading, during which time it should be impossi-be has mine. It is very possible your worsbip, who ble for any one of us to enter the other's chamber, has spies all over this town, can inform me how to unless by storm. After this we would communicate the trash or treasure we had met with, with our own reflections upon the matter; the justness of
* Tlus letter was probably written by Steel's fellow-coile
gian and friend, the Rev. Mr. Richard Parker. This exwhich we would controvert with good-humoured plished scholar was for many years vicar of Embleton, in warmth, and never spare one another out of that Northumberland, a living in the gift of Merton-college, where complaisant spirit of conversation, which makes he and Steele lived in the most cordial familiarity. Notreothers affirm avd deny the same matter in a quarter change of visits with most of the hospitable genilemeu iu isto
ing the rural sports of Bamboroughshire, he decined the istékof an hour. If any of the neighbouring gentlemen, neighbourhood : who, invigorated by their diverxious, indeed not of our turn, should take it in their heads to vi- in copious meals, and were apt to be vociferous in their mark. sit me, I should look upon these persons in the same
and over-importunate with their guests, to join in their cett
viality. degree enemies to my particular state of happiness, † Duncan Campbell announced himself to she public as ever the French were to that of the public, and Scotch highlander, gifted with the second-sight Ile was er I would be at an annual expense in spies to observe pretended to be, dení ani dumb. and succeeded in trang their motions. Whenever I should be surprised with a fortune to himself by præeusing for some years or the crede
lity vulgar in the a i visit as I hate drinking, I would be brisk in swill. teller.
Tkr. Eun, act. i. sc. I.
send to him. If you can, I beseech you be as speedy my Lady Betty Single, who, by the way, has one as possible, and you will highly oblige
of the greatest fortunes about town. I stared him " Your constant Reader and Admirer, full in the face upon so strange a question ; upon " DULCIBELLA THANKLEY." which be immediately gave me an inventory of her
jewels and estate, adding that he was resolved to do Ordered, That the inspector I employ about wonders inquire at the Golden-Lion, opposite to the nothing in a matter of such consequence without my Half Moon tavern in Drury-lane, into the merit of I told him if he could get the lady's consent he had
approbation. Finding he would have an answer, this silent sage, and report accordingly.-T.
mine. This is about the tenth matcb which, to my
knowledge, Will has consulted his friends upon, No. 475.) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1712. without ever opening his mind to the party herself
I have been engaged in this subject by the follow-Quæ res in se neque consilium, neque modum ing letter, which comes to me from some notable Habet ullum, eam consilio regere non potes.
young female scribe, who, by the contents of it,
seems to have carried matters so far, that she is The thing that in itself has neither mexsure nor consideration, ripe for asking advice; but as I would not lose counsel cannot rule.
her good-will, nor forfeit the reputation which I It is an old observation, which has been made of have with her for wisdom, I shall only communicate politicians who would rather ingratiate themselves the letter to the public, without returning any anwith their sovereign, than promote his real service, swer to it. that they accommodate their counsels to his inclinations, and advise him to such actions only as his heart
“ MR. SPECTATOR, is naturally set upon. The privy.councillor of one in “Now, Sir, the thing is this; Mr. Shapely is the love must observe the same conduct, unless he would prettiest gentleman about town. He is very tall, forfeit the friendship of the person who desires his but not too tall neither. He dances like an angel. advice. I have known several odd cases of this na. His mouth is made I do not know how, but it is the ture. Hipparchus was going to marry a common prettiest that I ever saw in my life. He is always woman; but being resolved to do nothing without laughing, for he has an infinite deal of wit. If you the advice of his friend Philander, he consulted him did but see bow he rolls his stockings ! He has a thou upon the occasion. Philander told him his mind sand pretty fancies, and I am sure, if you saw him, freely, and represented his mistress to him in such you would like him. He is a very good scholar, and strong colours, that the next morning he received a can talk Latin as fast as English. I wish you could challenge for his pains, and before twelve o'clock but see him dance. Now you must understand poor was run through the body by the man who had asked Mr. Shapely has no estate; but how can he help bis advice. Celia was more prudent on the like that, you know? And yet my friends are so unoccasion. She desired Leonilla to give her opinion reasonable as to be always teasing me about him, freely upon the young fellow who made his ad- because he has no estate ; but I ain sure he has that dresses to her. Leonilla, to oblige her, told her with that is better than an estate ; for he is a good-nagreat frankness, that she looked upon him as one of cured, ingenious, modest, civil, tall, well-bred, handthe most worthless.-Celia, foreseeing what a cha- some man; and I am obliged to him for his civiliracter she was to expect, begged her not to go on, ties ever since I saw bim. forgot to tell you that he for that she had been privately married to him has black eyes, and looks upon me now and then as above a fortnight. The truth of it is, a woman sel if he had tears in them. And yet my frieuds are so undom asks advice before she has bought her wedding-reasonable, that they would have me be uncivil to clothes. When she has made her own choice, for him. I have a good portion which they cannot hinform's sake, she sends a congé d'élire to her friends. der me of, and I shall be fourteen on the 29th day
If we look into the secret springs and motives of August nest, and am therefore willing to settle in that set people at work on these occasions, and the world as soon as I can, and so is Mr. Shapely. put them upon asking advice which they never But every body I advise with here is poor Me intend to take; I look upon it to be done of the Shapely's' enemy. I desire therefore you will give lcast, that they are incapable of keeping a secret me your advice, for I know you are a wise nian; which is so very pleasing to them. A girl longs to and'if you advise ine well, I am resolved to follow it. tell her confidante, that she hopes to be married in I heartily wish you could see him dance; and am, a little time; and, in order to talk of the pretty “Sir, your most humble Servant, B. D. fellow that dwells so much in her thoughts, asks her C. “ He loves your Spectators mightily.”. very gravely what she would advise her to do in a case of so much difficulty. Why else should Me. Jissa, who had not a thousand pounds in the world, No. 476.] FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1712. go into every quarter of the town to ask her ac
Lucidus ordo.-HOR. Ars Poet. 41. quaintance, whether they would advise her to take
Method gives light. Tom Townly, that made his addresses to her with an estate of five thousand a year? It is very plea- Among my daily papers which I bestow on the sadl, oa this occasion, to hear the lady propose her public, there are some which are written with regudoubts; and to see the pains she is at to get over larity and method, and others that run out into the them.
wildness of those compositions which go by the name I must not here omit a practice that is in use of essays. As for the first, I have the whole scheme among the vainer part of our own sex, who will of the discourse in my mind before I set pen to often ask a friend's advice in relation to a fortune paper. In the other kind of writing, it is sufficient wbom they are never like to come at. Will Honey. that I have several thoughts on a subject, without comb, who is now on the verge of threescore, took troubling myself to range them in such order, that me aside not long since, and asked me in his most they may seem to grow out of one another, and be serious look, whether I would advise bim to marry Juisposed under the proper heads. Seneca and MonSPECTATOR-Nos. 69 & 70.
An me ludit amabilis
I seem to hear, I seem to move,
taigne are patterns for writing in this last kind, as it. Though the matter in debate be about Douay or Tully and Aristotle excel in the other. When I read Denain, it is ten to one but half his discourse runs an author of genius who writes without method, 1 upon the unreasonableness of bigotry and priestfancy myself in a wood that abounds with a great craft. This makes Mr. Puzzle the admiration of all many noble objects, rising among one another in the those who have less sense than himself, and the con greatest confusion and disorder. When I Icad a tempt of all those who have more. There is none in methodical discourse, I am in a regular plantation, town whom Tom dreads so much as my friend Will and can place myself in its several centres, so as to Dry. Will, who is acquainted with Tom's logic, take a view of all the lines, and walks that are struck when he finds hiin running off the question, cuts bin from them. You may ramble in the one a whole short with a " What then? We allow all this to be day together, and every moment discover something true; but what is it w, our present purpose ?" or other that is new to you; but when you have have known Tom eloquent half an hour together, and done, you will have but a confused imperfect notion triumphing, as he thought, in the superiurity of the of the place: in the other your eye commands the argument, when he has been nonplussed on a sudden whole prospect, and gives you such an idea of it as by Mr. Dry's desiring him to tell the company what is not easily worn out of the memory.
it was that he endeavoured to prove. In short, Dry Irregularity and want of method are only support is a man of a clear methodical head, but few words, able in men of great learning or genius, who are often and gains the same advantages over Puzzle, thai too full to be exact, and therefore choose to throw small body of regular troops would gain over a nua down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather berless undisciplived militia. than be at the pains of stringing them.
Method is of advantage to a work, both in respect to the writer and the reader. In regard to the first. No. 477.] SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1712 it is a great help to his invention, When a man has planned his discourse, he finds a great many thoughts
Insania ? Audire, et videot pios rising out of crery head, that do not offer themselves
Errare per lucos, amanæ úpou the general survey of a subject. His thoughts Quos et aquae subeunt et aurą.-Hor 3 Od. iv. 5. are at the same time more intelligible, and better -Does airy fancy cheat discover their drift and meaning, when they are My mind well pleas'd with the deceit? placed in their proper lights and follow one another
And wander through the happy grove, in a regular series, than when they are thrown to- Where smooth spring flow, and muro'ring breeze gether without order and connexion. There is al. Wantons through the waving trees-Cakka. ways an obscurity in confusion ; and the same sen. tence that would have enlightened the reader in one part of a discourse, perplexes him in another. For “ Having lately read your essay on The Pleaihe same reason, likewise, every thought in a mesures of the Imagination, I was so taken with your thodical discourse shows itself in its greatest beauty, thoughts upon some of our English gardens, that I as the several figures in a piece of painting receive cannot forbear troubling you with a letter upon that new grace from their disposition in the picture. The subject. I am one, you must know, who am looked advantages of a reader from a methodical discourse upon as a humourist in gardening. I have several are correspondent with those of the writer. He com- acres about my house, which I call my garden, and prehends every thing easily, takes it in with plea- which a skilful gardener would not know what to sure, and retains it long,
call. It is a confusion of kitchen and parterre, or Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversa-chard and flower-garden, which lie so mixt aud intertion than in writing, provided a man would talk to woven with one another, that if a foreigner who had make himself understood. I who hear a thousand seen nothing of our country, should be copreșed into coffee-house debates every day, am very sensible of my garden at his first landing,, he would look upon, this want of method in the thoughts of my honest it as a natural wilderness, and one of the uncolti. countrymen. There is not one dispute in ten which vated parts of our country. My flowers grow up in is managed in those schools of politics, where, after several parts of the garden in the greatest luxurithe three first sentences, the question is not entirely ancy and profusion. I am so far from being fond of lost. Our disputants put me in mind of the scuttle- any particular one, by reason of its rarity, that if I fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself
, meet with any one in a field which pleases me, I blackens all the water about him until he becomes give it a place in my garden. By this means, when invisible. The man who does not know how to me a stranger walks with me, he is surprised to see se thodize his thoughts, has always, to borrow a phrase veral large spots of ground covered with ten thoufrom the Dispensary, "a barren superfluity of words:" sand different colours, and has often singled rut the fruit is lost amidst the exuberance of leaves. flowers that he might have met with under a com
Tom Puzzle is one of the most eminent immetho- mon hedge, in a field, or in a meadow, as some of dical disputants of any that has fallen under my ob- the greatest beauties of the place. The only method servation. Tom has read enough to make him very I observe in this particular, is to range in the same impertinent : his knowledge is sufficient to raise quarter the products of the same season, that they doubts, but not to clear them. It is pity that he may make their appearance together, and compuse has so much learning, or that he has not
a great deal a picture of the greatest variety. There is the sames Witb these qualifications, Tom sets up for a irregularity in my plantations, which run into as freethinker, finds a great many things to blame in great a wilderness as their batures will permit I the constitution of his country, and gives shrewd in- take in none that do not naturally rejoice in the soil timations that he does not believe another world. In and am pleased, when I am walking in a labyrinth short, Puzzle is an atheist as much as bis parts will of my own raising, not to know whether the next give him Icave.' He has got about half a dozen tree I shall meet with is an apple or an oak, an ele common-place topics, into which he never fails to or a pear-tree. My kitchen has likewise its partiturn the conversation, whatever was the occasion of|cular quarters assigned it ; for besides the wholesanne luxury which that place abounds with, I have always the verdure of an evergreen comparable to that which thought a kitehep-garden a more pleasant sight than shoots out annually, and clothes our trees in the sum. the finest orangery, or artificial green-house. I mer season. But I have often wondered that those love to see every thing in its perfection; and am who are like myself, and love to live in gardens, more pleased to survey my rows of coleworts and have never thought of contriving a winter gårdea, cabbages, with a thousand Dameless pot-herbs, which should consist of such trees only as never cast springing up in their full fragrancy and verdure, their leaves. We have very often little snatches of than to see the tender plants of foreign countries sunshine and fair weather in the most uncomfortable kept alive by artificial heats, or withering in an air parts of the year, and have frequently several days and soil that are not adapted to them. I must not in November and January that are as agreeable as omit, that there is a fountain rising in the upper part any in the finest months. At such times, therefore, of my garden, which forms a little wandering rill, I think there could not be a greater pleasure than to and administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty walk in such a winter garden as I have proposed. of the place. I have so conducted it, that it visits In the summer season the whole country blooms, and most of my plantations : and bave taken particular is a kind of garden; for which reason we are not so eare to let it run in the saine manner as it would do sensible of those beauties that at this time may be in an open field, so that it generally passes through every where met with; but when nature is in her de. banks of violets and primroses, plats of Willow, or solation, and presents us with nothing but bleak and other plants, that seem to be of its own producing. barren prospects, there is something unspeakably There is another circumstance in which I am very cheerful in a spot of ground which is covered with particular, or, as my neighbours call me, very whim- trees that smile amidst all the rigours of winter, and sical: as my garden invites into it all the birds of give us a view of the most gay season in the midst the country, by offering them the conveniency of of that which is the most dead and melancholy. I springs and shades, solitude and shelter, I do not have so far indulged myself in this thought, that I suffer any one to destroy their nests in the spring, bave set apart a whole acre of ground for the execu: or drive them from their usual haunts in fruit-time; tion of it. The walls are covered with ivy instead of I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds vines. The laurel, the horn-beam, and the holly, than cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for with many other trees and plants of the same nature, their songs. By this means, I have always the mu- grow so thick in it, that you cannot imagine a more sic of the season in its perfection, and am highly de- lively scene. The glowing redness of the berries, lighted to see the jay or the thrush hopping about with which they are huug at this time, vies with the tay walks, and shooting before my eye across the se- verdure of their leaves, and is apt to inspire the veral little glades and alleys that I pass through. I heart of the beholder with that vernal delight which think there are as many kinds of gardening as of you have somewhere taken notice of in your former poetry: your makers of parterres and flower-gardens papers. It is very pleasant, at the same time, to see are epigrammatists and sonneteers in this art; con- the several kinds of birds retiring into this little trivers of bowers and grottos, treillages and cascades, green spot, and enjoying themselves among the are romance writers. Wise and London are our branches and foliage; when my great gardén, which beroic poets ; and if, as a crític, I may single out I bave before mentioned to you; does not afford a any passage of their works to commend, I shall take single leaf for their shelter. notice of that part in the upper garden at Kensing- «You must know, Sir, that I look upon the pleas ton, which was at first nothing but a gravel-pit. It sure which we take in a garden as one of the most miust have been a fine genius for gardening that innocent delights in human life. A garden was the eould have thought of forming such an unsightly habitation of our first parents before the fall. It is hollow into so beautiful an area, and to have hit the naturally apt to fill the ihind with calmness and tran: eye with so uncommon and agreeable a scene'as quillity, and to lay all its turbulent passions at rest. that which it is now wrought into. To give this par- It gives us a great insight imo the contrivances and tievlar spot of ground the greater effect, they have wisdom of Providence, and suggests innumerable made a very pleasing contrast ; for, as on one side subjects for meditation. I cannot but think the very of the walk you see this bollow basin, with its seve-complacency and satisfaction which a man takes in ral bietle plantations, lying so conveniently under the these works of nature to be a laudable, if not a vir. efe of the beholder, on the other side of it there ap- tuous habit of mind. Por all which reasons, I hope pears a seeming mount, made up of trees, rising one you will pardon the length of my present letter. higher than another, in proportion as they approach C.
" I am, Sir," &c. the centre. A spectator, who has not heard this accoaht of it, would think this circular mount was not No. 478.] MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1712. only a real one, but that it had been actually scooped
-Unus, out of that hollow space which I have before men- Quem penes arbitrium est, et jus, et normas tioned. I never yet met with any one, who has walked in this garden, who was not struck with that
Fashion, sole arbitress of dress. part of it which I have here mentioned. As for my- "MR. SPECTATOR; self, you will find, by the account which I have al. " It happened lately that a friend of mine, who ready given you, that my compositions in gardening had many
things to buy for his family, would oblige are altogether after the Pindarie moanner, and rün me to walk with him to the shops. He was very into the beautiful wildness of nature, without affect- nice in his way, and fond of having every thing ing the nieer elegances of art. What I am now showni; which at first inade me very uneasy; but as going to mention, will perhaps deserve your atten- his humour still continued, the things which I bad tion more than any thing I have yet said. I find been staring at along with him began to fill my head, that, in the discourse which I spoke of at the begin- and led me into a set of amusing thoughts concernning of my letter, you are against filling an Én ing them. gliste garden with evergreens; and indeed I am so I fancied it must be very surprising to any one far of your opinion, that I can by no means think I who enters into a detail of fásbioas to consider how
Hok! Ars Poet. v. 72
far the vanity of mankind has laid itself out in dress, sooper draw the eyes of the beholders. And to the what a prodigious number of people it maintains, end that these may be preserved with all due care, and what a circulation of money it occasions. Pro- let there be a keeper appointed, who shall be a genvidence in this case makes use of the folly which we tleman qualified with a competent knowledge in will not give up, and it becomes instrumental to the clothes, so that by this means the place will be a support of those who are willing to labour. Hence comfortable support for some beau who has spent it is that fringe-makere, lacemen, tire-women, and his estate in dressing. a number of other trades, which would be useless in “ The reasons offered, by which we expeet a simple state of nature, draw their subsistence; gain the approbation of the public, were as follows:though it is seldom seen that such as these are ex- First, That every one who is considerable tremely rich, because their original fault being enough to be a mode, or has any imperfection of nafounded upon vanity, keeps them poor by the light ture or chance, which it is possible to hide by the inconstancy of its nature. The variableness of advantage of clothes, may, by coming to this reposi. fashion turns the stream of business, which flowstory, be furnished herself, and furnish all, who are from it, now into one channel, and anon into an under the same misfortune, with the most agreeable other; so that different sets of people sink or flourish manner of concealing it: and that on the other in their turns by it.
side, every one who has any beauty in face or shape, “ From the shops we retired to the tavern, where may also be furnished with the most agreeable I found my friend express so much satisfaction for manner of showing it. the bargains he had made, that my moral reflections Secondly, That whereas some of our young (if I had told them) might have passed for a reproof; gentlemen who travel, give us great reason to susso I chose rather to fall in with him, and let the dis- pect that they only go abroad to make or improve a course run upon the use of fashions.
fancy for dress, a project of this nature may be a “Here we remembered how much man is governed means to keep them at home; which is in effect the by his senses, how livelily he is struck by the objects keeping of so much money in the kingdom, And which appear to him in an agreeable manner, how perhaps the balance of fashion in Europe, which much clothes contribute to make us agreeable ob- now leans upon the side of France, may be so al. jects, and how much we owe it to ourselves that we tered for the future, that it may become as cominon should appear so.
with Frenchmen to come to England for their “ We considered man as belonging to societies ; finishing stroke of breeding, as it has been for E.societies as formed of different ranks, and different glishmen to go to France for it. ranks distinguished by habits, that all proper duty • Thirdly, Whereas several great scholars, who or respect might attend their appearance.
might have been otherwise useful to the world, bare “We took notice of several advantages which spent their time in studying to describe the dresses are met with in the occurrences of conversation; of the ancients from dark hints, wbich they are fain how the bashful man has been sometimes so raised, to interpret and support with much learning: it as to express himself with an air of freedom, when will from henceforth happen that they shall be freed he imagines that his habit introduces him to com- from the trouble, and the world from these useless pany with a becoming manner; and again, how a volumes. This project will be a registry, to which fool' in fine clothes shall be suddenly heard with posterity may have recourse, for the clearing such attention, till he has betrayed himself; whereas a obscure passages as tend that way in authors; and man of sense, appearing with a dress of negligence, therefore we shall not for the future submit ourselves shall be but coldly, received till he be proved by to the learning of etymology, which might persuade time, and established in a character. Such things the age to come that the farthingale was word for as these we could recollect to have happened to our cheapness, or the furbelow for warmth. own knowledge so very often, that we concluded “Fourthly, Whereas they, who are old themselves, the author had his reasons, who advises his son to have often a way of railing at the extravagance of go in dress rather above his fortune than under it. youth, and the whole age in which their children
“ At last the subject seemed so considerable, that live; it is hoped that this ill-humour will be much it was proposed to have a repository built for suppressed, when we can have recourse to the fashions, as there are chambers for medals and fashions of their times, produce them in our viodi. other rarities. The building may be shared as cation, and be able to show that it might have been that which stands among the pyramids in the form as expensive in Queen Elizabeth's time only to wash of a woman's head. This may be raised upon pillars, and quill a ruff
, as it is now to buy cravats or neckwhose ornaments shall bear a just relation to the handkerchiefs. design. Thus there may be an imitation of fringe “ We desire also to have it taken notice of, that carved in the base, a sort of appearance of lace in because we would show a particular respect to the frieze, and a representation of curling locks, foreigners, which inay induce them to perfect their with bows of ribands sloping over them, may fill up breeding here in a knowledge which is very proper the work of the cornice. The inside may be di- for pretty gentlemen, we have conceived the inotto vided into two apartments appropriated to each sex. for the house in the learned language. There is to The apartments may be filled with shelves, on which be a picture over the door, with a looking-glass and boxes are to stand as regularly as books in a library. a dressing-chair in the middle of it; then on one These are to have folding-doors, which being opened, side are to be seen, one above another, pateb-bases, you are to behold a baby dressed out in some fashion pincushions, and little bottles ; on the other, por which has flourished, and standing upon a pedestal, der-bags, puffs, combs, and brushes; beyond these, where the time of its reign is marked down. For swords with fine knots, wbose points are hidden, its further regulation let it be ordered, that every and fans almost closed, with the handles downwards, one who invents a fashion shall bring in bis box, are to stand out interchangeably from the sides, whose front he may at pleasure have either worked until they meet at the top, and form a semicircle or painted with some ainorous or gay device, that, over the rest of the figures; beneath all, the wri like books with gilded leaves and covers, it may the ting is to run in this pretty soundiog manner :