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in politic negotiations. The manner or treating the he had borrowed from others, qud lay in a clear Pope is, according to the Chinese ceremonial, very light all that he gives his spectators for their money, respectful, for the Emperor writes to him with the with an account of the first manufacturers. But I quill of a virgin ostrich, which was never used be intended to give the lecture of this day upon the fore but in writing prayers. lustructions are pre-cummon and prostituted behaviour of traders in paring for the lady who shall have so much zeal as ordinary commerce. The philosopher made it a rule to undertake this pilgrimage, and be an empuess for of trade, that your profit ought to be the common prothe sake of ner religion. The principal of the In- fit; and it is unjust to make any step towards gain, diau missionaries has given in a list of the reigning wherein the gain of even those to whom you sell is sins in China, in order to prepare the indulgences not also consulted. A man may deceive himself it necessary to this lady and her retinue, in advancing he thinks tit, but he is no better than a cheat who the interests of the Roman Catholic religion in those sells anything without telling the exceptions against kingdoms.

it, as well as what is to be said to its advantage. “To The Spectator-GENERAL.

The scandalous abuse of language and hardening of

conscience, which may be observed every day in “May it please your Honour, “ I have of late seen French hats of a prodigious whole city to an unprejudiced eye a den of thieves

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going from one place to another, is what makes a magnitude pass by my observatory.

“ John Sly.

It was no small pleasure to me for this reason to remark, as I passed by Cornbill, that the shop of

that worthy, honest, though lately-unfortunate citi. No. 546.] WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 1712. zen, Mr. John Morton, so well known in the liper

trade, is fitting up anew. Since a man has been Omnia patefacienda ut ne quid omnino, quod venditor norit, in a 'distressed condition, it ought to be a great

emptor ignoret - Tull Every thing should be fairly told, that the buyer may not be satisfaction to have passed through it in such a ignorant of any thing which the seller knows.

manner as not to have lost the friendship of those

who suffered with him, but to receive an honourable It gives me very great scandal to observe, wher. acknowledgment of his honesty from those very perever I go, how much skill, in buying all manner of

sons to whom the law bad consigned his estate. goods, there is necessary to defend yourself from The misfortune of this citizen is like to prove of being cheated in whatever you see exposed to sale. a very general advantage to those who shall deal My reading makes such a strong impression upon with him hereafter; for the stock with which be now me, that I should think myself a cheat in my way, sets up being the loan of his friends, he cannot es. if I should translate any thing from another tongue, and not acknowledge it 10 my readers. I under: pose that to the hazard of giving credit

, but enten

into a ready-money trade, by which means he will stood from common report, that Mr. Gibber was both buy and sell the best and cheapest. He im. introducing a French play upon our stage, and poses upon himself a rule of affixing the value of thought myself concerned to let the town know what each piece he sells, to the piece itself; so that the was his, and what was foreign.* When I came to most ignorant servant or child will be as good a the rehearsal, I found the house so partial to one of buyer at bis shop as the most skilful in the trade. their own fraternity, that they gave every thing For all which, you have all his hopes and fortune which was said such grace, emphasis, and force, in for your security. To encourage dealing after this their action, that it was no easy matter to make any way, there is not only the avoiding the most infajudgment of the performance. Mrs. Oldfield, who,

mous gnilt in ordinary bartering; but this observait seems, is the heroic daughter, had so just a con- tion, that he who buys with ready money saves as ception of her part, that her action made what she much to his family as the state exacts out of his land spoke appear decent, just, and noble. The passions for the security and service of his country; that is of terror and compassion they made me believe were to say, in plain English, sixteen will do as much as very artfully raised, and the whole conduct of the

twenty shillings. play artful and surprising. We authors do not inuch relish the endeavours of players in this kind, “MR. SPECTATOR, but have the same disdain as physicians and lawyers have when attorneys and apothecaries give advice. on account of some favours which I hate lately re

My heart is so swelled with grateful sentiments Cibber himself took the liberty to tell me, that he ceived, that I must beg leave to give them utterance expected I would do him justice, and allow the play amongst the crowd of other anonymous corresponwell prepared for bis spectators, whatever it was for dents; and writing, I hope, will be as great a re, his readers. He added very many particulars not lief to my forced silence, as it is to your natural uncurious concerning the manner of taking an audience, and laying wait not only for their superficial me to speak to him in any terms of acknowledg

taciturnity. My generous benefactor will not suffer applause, but also for insinuating into their affections ment, but ever treats me as if he had the greatest and passions, by the artful management of the look, obligations, and uses me vith a distinction that is voice, and gesture, of the speaker. I could not but not to be expected from one so much my superior consent that The Heroic Daughter appeared in the in fortune, years, and understanding. He insirehearsal a moving entertainment wrought out of a nuates, as if I had ‘a certain right to his favours great and exemplary virtue.

from some merit, which his particular indulgence to The advantages of action, show, and dress, on these occasions, are allowable, because the nuerit artifice to lessen the pain an honest mind feels in

me has discovered; but that is only a beautiful consists in being capable of imposing upon us to receiving obligations when there is no probability of our advantage and entertainment. All that I was

returning them. going to say about the honesty of an author in the

"A gitt is doubled when accompanied with such sale of his ware was, that he ought to own all that a delicacy of address; but what to me gives it an • Ximena," or " The Heroic Daughter;" a tragedy inexpressible value, is its coming

from the man I taken from the “Cid" of Racine, by C. Cibber

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it is an advantage and addition to my fortune; but leaved for her own private use, ordered them to be when I cousider it as an instance of that good man's brought down, and laid in the window, whither every friendship, it overjoys, it transports me: I look on one in the coinpany retired, and writ down a partiit with a lover's eye, and no longer regard the gift,cular advertisement in the style and phrase of the but the hand that gave it. For my friendship is so like ingenious compositions which we frequently entirely void of any gainful views, that it often gives meet with at the end of our newspapers. When we me pain to think it should have been chargeable to had finished our work, we read them with a great him; and I cannot at some melancholy huurs help deal of mirth at the tire-side, and agreed, nemine doing his generosity the injury of fearing it should contradicenie, to get them transcribed and seut to coul on this account, and that the last favour might the Spectator. The gentleman who made the probe a sort of legacy of a departing friendship, posal entered the following advertisemeot before

"I confess these fears seem very groundless and the title-page, after which the rest succeeded in unjust, but you must forgive them to the apprehen- order :sion of one possessed of a great treasure, who is

Remedium efficax et universum ; or an effectual frighted at the most distant shadow of danger.

remedy adapted to all capacities : showing how any Since I have thus far opened my heart to you, person may cure himself of ill-nature, pride, party I will not conceal the secret satisfaction I feel there, spleen, or any other distemper incident to the hu. of knowing the goodness of my friend will not be man system, with an easy way to know when the unrewarded. I am pleased with thinking the pro- infection is upon him. This panacea is as innocent vidence of the Almighty bath sufficient blessings in as bread, agreeable to the taste, and requires no store for him, and will certainly discharge the debt, confinement. It has not its equal in the universe, though I am not made the happy instrument of co-as abundance of the nobility and gentry throughout ing it.

the kingdom have experienced. " However, nothing in my power shall be want

“N. B. No family ought to be without it.” ing to show my gratitude; I will make it the business of my life to thank him; and shall esteem Over the two Spectators on jealousy, being the two (next to him) those my best friends, who give me first in the third volume. Nos. 170, 171. the greatest assistance in this good work. Printing " I, William Crazy, aged threescore-and-seven, this letter would be some little instance of my gra- having been for several years afflicted with uneasy, titude; and your favour herein will very much doubts, fears, and vapours, occasioned by the youth oblige, “Your most humble Servant, &c. and beauty of Mary my wife, aged twenty-five, do *Nov, 24.

“W.C." hereby, for the benefit of the public, give notice, T.

that I have found great relief from the two follow

ing doses, having taken them two mornings together No. 547.1 THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 1712.

with a dish of chocolate. Witness my hand,” &c. Si vulnus tibi, monstrata radice vel herba,

For the Benefit of the Poor.
Non fieret levius, fageres radlice vel herba

“In charity to such as are troubled with the disProficiente nihil curarier.-HOR. 2 Ep. ii. 149.

ease of levee-hunting, and are forced to seek their Suppose you had a wound, and one that shew'd An herb, which you apply d, but found no good:

bread every morning at the chamber-doors of great Would you be fond of this, increase your pain,

men, I, A, B., do testify, that for many years past I And use the fruitless remedy again ?-CREECH. | laboured under this fashionable distemper, but was It is very difficult to praise a man without put- cured of it by a remedy which I bought of Mrs. ting him out of countenance. My following cor.

Baldwin, contained in a balf-sheet of paper, marked respondent has found out this uncommon art, and, No. 193, where any one may be provided with the together with his friends, has celebrated some of same remedy at the price of a single penny. my speculations after such a concealed, but diverting choly, Nos. 173, 184, 191, 203, 209, 221, 233, 235,

An infallible cure for hypochondriac melanmanner, that if any of my readers think I am to blame in publishing

my own commendations, they 239, 245, 247, 251. will allow I should have deserved their censure as

Probatum est,

“ CHARLES EASY." much, had I suppressed the humour in which they “I, Christopher Query, having been troubled are conveyed to me.

with a certain distemper in my tongue, which showed itself in impertinent and superfluous interro

gatories, have not asked one unnecessary question "I am often in a private assembly of wits of both since my perusal of the prescription marked No. sexes, where we generally descant upon your specu- 228.” lations, or upon the subjects on which you have treated. We were last Tuesday talking of those

“ The Britannic Beantifier, * being an essay on two volumes which you have lately published. Some modesty, No. 231, which gives such a delightful wete commending one of your papers, and some blushing colour to the cheeks of those that are white another; and there was scarce a single person in or pale, that it is not to be distinguished fruin a the company that had not a favourite speculation. natural fine complexion, nor perceived to be artiUpon this a man of wit and learning wld us, he ficial by the nearest friend, is nothing of paint

, or thought it would not be amiss if we paid the Spec- in the least hurtful. It renders the face delightfully tator the same compliment that is often made in our handsome; is not subject to be rubbed off

, and public prints to Sir William Read, Dr. Grant, Mr. cannot be paralleled by either wash, powder

, cosMoor the apothecary, and other eminent physi- metic, &c. It is certainly the best beautifier in the cians, where it is usual for the patients to publish world.

" MARTHA Glowworm." the cures which have been made upon them, and the several distempers under which they laboured.

“ I, Samuel Self, of the parish of St. James, bavi'he proposal took; and the lady where we visited baving the two last volumes in large paper işter- | Liquor. Spect. in folio. No. 145. SPECTATOR-Nos. 79 & 80.

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ing a constitution which naturally abouuris with is nothing to be objected against it. I have boxovet acids, made use of a paper of directions marked drawn up some additional arguments to strengtben No. 177, recommending a healthful exercise called the opinion which you have there delivered, having good-nature, and have found it a most excelleut ecdeavoured to go to the bottom of that matter, sweetener of the blood.”

which you may either publish or suppress as you

think fit. “Whereas I, Elizabeth Rainbow, was troubled

“ Horace in my motto says, that all men are vie with that distemper in my head, which about a year cious, and that tbey differ from one another only ago was pretty epidemical among the ladies, and discovered itself in the colour of their hoods; having

as they are more or less so. Boileau has given the made use of the doctor's cephalic tincture, which he same account of our wisdom, as Horace bas of uur

virtue. exhibited to the public in one of his last year's pa

Tous les hommes sont fous, et malgre tous leurs soins. pers, I recovered in a very few days."

Ne differente entre eux, que du plus et du mulis. “ I, George Gloom, having for a long time been troubled with the spleen, and being advised by my endeavours to the cortrary, differ from one another

'Ail men,' says he, "are fools, and, in spite of theit friends to put myself into a course of Steele, did for only as they are more or less so." that end make use of remedies conveyed to me se- • 'Two or three of the old Greek poets have given veral morsings, in short letters, from the hands of the same turn to a sentence which describes the the invisible doctor. They were marked at the happiness of man in this life :bottom Nathaniel Henroost, Alice Threadneedle, Rebecca Nettletop, Tom Loveless, Mary Meanwell,

“That man is most happy who is the least miserable.: Thomas Smoaky, Anthony Freeman, Tom Meggot, It will not perhaps be unentertaining to the polite Rustick Sprightly, &c., which have had so good an reader to observe how these three beautiful ženeffect upon me, that I now find myself cheerful, tences are formed upon different subjects by the lightsome, and easy; and therefore do recommend same way of thinking; but I shall return to the first them to all such as labour under the same dis- of tbem. temper."

“ Our goodness being of a comparative and not Not having room to insert all the advertisements an absolute nature, there is none who in strictness which were sent me, I have only picked out some him a natural alloy, though one may be fuller of

can be called a virtuous man. Every one has in few from the third volume, reserving the fourth for dross than another for this reason I cannot think another opportunity:40:

it right to introduce a perfect or a faultless man

upon the stage; not only because such a character No. 548.1 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1712.

is improper to move compassion, but because there

is no such thing in nature. This might probably Vitiis nemo sine nascitur: optimus ille

be one reason why the Spectator in one of his papers Qui minimis urgetur.--HOR. 1 Sat. iii. 68.

took notice of that late invented term called poetical There's none but has some fault, and he's the best, Most virtuous he, that's spotted with the least.--CRKECH

justice, and the wrong notions into which it has led

some tragic writers. The most perfect man has “ MR. SPECTATOR,

Nov. 27, 1712.

viccs enough to draw down punishments apon his "I have read this day's paper with a great deal head, and to justify Providence in regard to any of pleasure, and could send you an account of seve. miseries that may befal him. For this reason, I ral elixirs and antidotes in your third volume, which cannot think but that the instruction and moral are your correspondents have not taken notice of in much finer, where a man who is virtuous in the Their advertisements; and at the same time must main of his character falls into distress, and sinks own to you, that I have seldom seen a shop fur- under the blows of fortune at the end of a tragedy, nished with such a variety of medicaments, and in than when he is represented as happy and trium which there are fewer soporifics. The several vehi- phant. Such an example corrects the insolence of cles you have invented for conveying your unaccept- human nature, softens the mind of the beholder alle truths to us, are what I most particularly ad. with sentiments of pity and compassion, comforts mire, as I am afraid they are secrets which will die him under his own private affliction, and teaches

I do not find that any of your critical him not to judge of men's virtues by their successes. essays are taken notice of in this paper, notwith. I cannot think of one real bero iv all antiquity so standing I look upon them to be excellent cleansers far raised above human infirmities, that he might of the brain, and could venture to superscribe them not be very naturally represented in a tragedy as with an advertisement which I have lately seen in plunged in misfortunes and calamities. The poet one of our newspapers, wherein there is an account may still find out some prevailing passion or indisgiven of a sovereign remedy for restoring the taste cretion in his character, and show it in such a manto all such persons whose palates have been vitiated ner, as will sufficiently acquit the gods of any inby distempers, unwholesome food, or any the like justice in his sufferings. For, as Horace obsertes occasions. But to let fall the allusion, notwithstand. in my text, the best man is faulty, though not in so ing your criticisms, and particularly the candour great a degree as those whom we generally call which you have discovered in them, are not the vicious men. least taking part of your works, I find your opinion “ If such a strict poetical justice as some gentle concerning poetical justice, as it is expressed in the men insist upon were to be observed in this art first part of your fortieth Spectator, is coutroverted there is no manner of reason why it should not ett hy some eminent critics; and as you now seem, to tend to heroic poetry as well as tragedy. But we our great grief of heart, to be winding up your bot- find it so little observed in Homer, that his Achilles tomus, I hoped you would have enlarged a little upon is placed in the greatest point of glory and success, that subject. It is indeed but a single paragraph in though his character is morally vicious, and toly your works, and I believe those who have read it poetically good, if I may use the phrase of our este with the same attentiou I have done, will think thereldern critics. The Æneid is filled with innocenti

with you.

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uuhappy persons. Nisus and Euryalus. Lausus and the pleasure of a country life, that in order to make Pallas, come all to unfortunate ends. The poet a purchase he called in all his money; but what takes notice in particular, that, in the sacking of was the event of it? Why, in a very few days after Troy, Ripheus fell, who was the most just man he put it out again. I am engaged in this series of among the Trojans.

thought by a discourse which I had last week with -Cadit et Ripheus justissimus umus.

my worthy friend Sir Andrew Freeport, a man of Qui fuit in Teucris, et servautissimus æqui:

so much natural cloquence, good sense, and probity Dis aliter visum es!

An. 11. 427

of mind, that I always hear him with particular And that Pantheus could neither be preserved by pleasure. As we were sitting together, being the bis transcendent piety, nor by the lioly fillets of sole remaining members of our club, Sir Andrew Apollo, whose priest he was.

gave me an account of the many busy scenes of life

in which he had been engaged, and at the same time Nec le tua plurima, Pantheu,

reckoned up to me abundance of those lucky hits, Labentem pietas, nec Apollinis ivfula texit.-Ibid. v. 129.

which at another time he would have called pieces I might here mention the practice of ancient tragic of good fortune; but in the temper of mind he was poets, both Greek and Latin; but as this particular then, he termed them mercies, favours of Provi. is touched upon in the paper above mentioned, Idence, and blessings upon an honest industry. shall pass it over in silence. I could produce pas. Now,” says he, “ you must know, my good friend, sages out of Aristotle in favour of my opinion ; and I am so used to consider myself as creditor and if in one place he says that an absolutely virtuous debtor, that I often state my accounts after the same man should not be represented as unhappy, this manner with regard to heaven and my own soul. does not justify any one who shall think fit to bring in this case, when I look upon the debtor side, I in an absolutely virtuous man upon the stage. find such innumerable articles, that I want arithThose who are acquainted with that author's way of metic to cast them up; but when I look upon the writing know very well that, to take the whole ex- creditor side, I find little more than blank paper. tent of his subject into his divisions of it, be often Now, though I am very well satisfied that it is not makes use of such cases as are imaginary, and not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker, reducible to practice. He himself declares that I am resolved however to turn all my future endeasuch tragedies as ended unhappily bore away the vours that way. You must not therefore be surprize in theatrical contentions, from those which prised, my friend, if you hear that I am betaking ended happily; and for the fortieth speculation, myself to a more thoughtful kind of life, and if I #bich I am now considering, as it has given reasons meet you no more in this place." why these are more apt to please an audience, so it I could not but approve so good a resolution, notonly proves that these are generally preferable to the withstanding the loss I shall suffer by it. Sir Another, though at the same time it afirms that many drew has since explained himself to me more at exeellent tragedies have and may be written in both large in the following letter, which is just come to kinds.

iny hands :“ I shall conclude with observing, that though the Spectator above mentioned is so far against the rule

“ Good MR. SPECTATOR, of poetical justice, as to affirm that good men may “ Notwithstanding my friends at the club have meet with an unhappy catastrophe in tragedy, it always rallied me, when I have talked of retiring does not say that ill men may go off unpunished. from business, and repeated to me one of my own The reason for this distinction is very plain, namely, sayings, that'a merchant has never enough until becanse the best of men are vicious enough to jus- he has got a little more ;' I can now inform you, tify Providence for any misfortunes and afflictions that there is one in the world who thinks he has which may befal them, but there are many men so enough, and is determined to pass the remainder of criminal that they can have no claim or pretence to his life in the enjoyment of what he has. You know happiness. The best of men may deserve punish- me so well, that I need not tell you I mean, by the ment, but the worst of men cannot deserve happi- enjoyment of my possessions, the making of them

useful to the public. As the greatest part of my

estate has been hitherto of an unsteady and volatile No. 549.] SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1712. nature, either tost upon seas or fluctuating in funds,

it is now fixed and settled in substantial acres and Quamvis digressu veteris confusus amici,

tenements. I have removed it from the uncertainty

of stocks, winds, and waves, and disposed of it in a Thu grieved at the departure of my friend,

considerable purchase. This will give me great liis purpose of retiring I commend.

opportunity of being charitable in my way, that is, I BELIEVE most people begin the world with a in setting my poor neighbours to work, and giving resolution to withdraw froin it into a serious kind of them a comfortable subsistence out of their own solitude or retirement when they have made them- industry. My gardens, my fish-ponds, my arable selves easy in it. Our unhappiness is, that we find and pasture-grounds, shall be my several hospitals, out soune excuse or other for deferring such our good or rather work houses, in which I propose to mainresolutions until our intended retreat is cut off by stain a great many indigent persons, who are now death. But among all kinds of people there are none starving in my neighbourhood. I have got a fine who are so hard to part with the world as those who spread of improveable lands, and in my own ure grown old in the heaping up of riches. Their thoughts am already ploughing up some of them, minds are so warped with their constant attention to fencing others; planting woods, and draining gain, that it is very dificult for thein to give their marshes. In fine, as I have my share in the surface souls another bent, and convert them towards those of this island, I am resolved to make it as beautiful objects, which though they are proper for every a spot as any in her majesty's dominions; at least stage of life, are so more especially for the last

. there is not an inch of it which shall not be cultiHorace describes an oid usurer as so charmed with vated to the best advantage, and do its utmost for

Dess.

Liudo tanien. Juv. Sat. ill. l.

its owner. As in my mercantile employment I so and otiers to bribe me with the odd due in case he disposed of my affairs, that, from whatever corner may succeed Sir Andrew Freeport, which he thinks or the compass the wind blew, it was bringing home would raise the credit of that fund bare several one or other of my ships; I hope as a husbaudman letters dated from Jenny Mann's, by gentlemen who to contrive it so, that not a shower of rain or a are candidates for Captain Sentry's place; and as glimpse of sunshine shall fall upon my estate with many from a coffee-house in Paul's churchyard of out bettering some part of it, and contributing to such who would fill up the vacancy occasioned by tbe the products of the seasou, You know it has been death of my worthy friend the clergyman, whom I hitherto my opinion of life, that it is thrown away can never mention but with a particular respect. shen it is not some way useful to others. But Having maturely weighed these sereral particuwhen I am riding out by myself

, in the fresh air on lars, with the many remonstrances that have been the open heath that lies by my house, I find several made to me on this subject, and considering how other thoughts growing up in me. I am now of invidious an office I shall take upon me if I make opinion, that a man of my age may find business the whole election depend upon my single voice, epongh on himself, by setting his mind in order, and being unwilling to expose myself to those clasa preparing it for another world, and reconciling it to mours, which on such an occasion will not fail to be the thoughts of death. I must therefore acquaint raised against me for partiality, injustice, corrupyou, that besides those usual methods of charity, of tion, and other qualities, which my nature abhots

, which I bave before spoken, I am at this very in. I have formed to myself the project of a club as stant finding out a convenient place where I may follows:build an alms-house, which I intend to endow very I have thoughts of issuing out writs to all and handsomely for a dozen superannuated husband- every of the clubs that are established in the cities men. It will be a great pleasure to me to say my of London and Westminster, requiring them to prayers twice a day with men of my own years, who all choose out of their respective bodies a person of the of them, as well as myself, may have their thoughts greatest merit, and to return his name to me before taken ap how they shall die, rather than how they Lady-day, at which time I intend to sit upon buss shall live. I remember an excellent saying that I ness. learned at school, Finis coronat opus. You know By this means, I may have reason to hope, that best whether it be in Virgil or in Horace; it is my the club over which I shall preside will be the very business to apply it. If your affairs will permit you flower and quintessence of all other clubs. I base to take the country air with me sometimes, you communicated this my project to none but a partishall find an apartment fitted up for you, and shall cular friend of mine, whom I have celebrated twice be every day entertained with beef or mutton of my or thrice for his happiness in that kind of wit which own feeding; tish out of my own ponds; and fruit is commonly known by the name of a pun. The out of my own gardens. You shall have free egress only objection he makes to it is, that I shall raise and regress about my house, without having any up enemies to myself if I act with so regal an air, questions asked you; and, in a word, such a hearty and that my detractors, instead of giving me the welcome as you may expect from

usual title of Spectator, will be apt to call me the “ Your most sincere Friend

King of Clubs. " and humble Servant,

But to proceed on my intended project: it is very ANDREW FREEPORT." well known that I at first set forth in this work with The club of which I am a member being en. the character of a silent man; and I think I have tirely dispersed, I shall consult my reader next member to have violated it with three sentences in

so well preserved my taciturnity, that I do not reweek upon a project relating to the institution of a the space of almost two years. As a monosyllable pew one.-0.

is my delight, I have made very few excursions, in

the conversations which I have related, beyood a No. 550.j MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1712.

Yes or a No. By this means, my readers have lost

many good things which I have had in my heart, Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu ? though I did not care for uttering them,

Now in order to diversify my character, and to In what will all this ostentation end ?-Roscommon.

show the world how well I can talk if I have a mind, SINCE the late dissolution of the club, whereof I | I have thoughts of being very loquacious in the club have often declared myself a member, there are which I have now under consideration. But that I very many persons who, by letters, petitions, and may proceed the more regularly in this affair, I derecommendations, put up for the next election. At sign, upon the first meeting of the said club, to have the same time I must complain, that several indi. my mouth opened in form; intending to regulate rect and underband practices have been made use myself in this particular by a certain ritual which I of upon this occasion. A certain country gentleman have by me, that contains all the ceremonies which began to tap upon the first information he received are practised at the opening of the mouth of a car of Sir Roger's death; when he sent me up word that dinal. I have likewise examined the forms which if I would get him chosen in the place of the de- were used of old by Pythagoras, when any of his ceased, he would present me with a barrel of the scholars, after an apprenticeship or silence, was best October I had ever tasted in my life. The made free of his speech. In the mean time, as I Jadies are in great pain to know whom I intend to have of late found my name in foreigo gazettes ,elect in the room of Will Honeycomb. Some of upon less occasions, I question not but in their best them indeed are of opinion that Mr. Honeycomb articles from Great Britain they will inform the did not take sufficient care of their interests in the world, that “the Spectator's mouth is to be opened club, avd are therefore desirous of having in it here on the twenty-fifth of March next," I may perhaps after a representative of their own sex. A citizen publish a very useful paper at that time of the prowho subscribes himself Y. 2., tells me that he ceedlings in that solemnity, and of the persons who has one-and-twenty-shares in the African company, I shall assist at it. But of this more hereafter.-0.

Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 138.

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