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Voice, desired them to look upon a man not used to rediction, but the tears are seen to flow from his eyes. beg.' The latter received the charity of almost every This must proceed from an imagination that he is the one that went by. The strings of the heart, which father of all those people; and that he is touched are to be touched to give us compassion, are not so with so extensive 'a benevolence, that it breaks out played on but by the finest hand. We see in tragical into a passion of tears. You see friends, who have representations, it is not the pomp of language, nor been long absent, transported in the same manner : a the magnificence of dress, in which the passion is thousand little images crowd upon them at their wrought that touches sensible spirits ; but something meeting, as all the joys and griefs they have known of a plain and simple nature, which breaks in upon during their separation; and, in one hurry of thought, our souls by that sympathy which is given us for our they conceive how they should have participated in mutual good-will and service.
those occasions ; and weep, because their minds are In the tragedy of Macbeth,' where Wilks acts the too full to wait the slow expression of words. part of a man whose family has been murdered in his His lacrymis vitam damus, et miserescimus ultro. absence, the wildness of his passion, which is run
Virg. Æn. ii, 145, over in a torrent of calamitous circumstances, does with tears the wretch confirm'd his tale of woe, bat raise my spirits, and give me the alarm; but when And soft-ey'd pity pleaded for the foe. he skilfully seems to be out of breath, and is brought
R. Wynne. ; too low to say more; and upon a second reflection
There is lately broke loose from the London påcks cries only, wiping his eyes, What, both children!
à very tall dangerous biter. He is now at the Bath, Both, both my children gone! there is no resisting a and it is feared will make a damnable havoc amongst sorrow which seems to have cast about for all the the game. His manner of biting is new, and he is reasons possible for its consolation, but has no re
called the Top. He secures one die betwixt his two source, *There is not one left; but both, both are murdered ! such sudden starts from the thread of fingers : the other is fixed, by the help of a famous
wax, invented by an apothecary, since á gamester: the discourse and a plain sentiment expressed in an
a little of which he puts upon his fore-finger, and artless way, are the irresistible strokes of eloquence that holds the die in the box at his devotion. Great and poetry. The same great master, Shakspeare, can
sums have been lately won by these ways; but it is afford us instances of all the places where our souls hoped, that this hint of his manner of cheating will are accessible, and ever commands our tears. But it is to be observed, that he draws them from some un
open the eyes of many who are every day imposed
upon. expected source, which seems not wholly of a piece with the discourse. Thus, when Brutus and Cassius published, a book entitled, “ An Appendix to the
There is now in the press, and will be suddenly had a debate in the tragedy of Cæsar,' and rose to Contempt of the Clergy;' wherein will be set forth warm language against each other, insomuch that it
at large, that all our dissensions are owing to the had almost come to something that might be fatal
, laziness of persons in the sacred ministry, and that until they recollected themselves ; Brutus does more than make an apology for the heat he had been in by flock, but by the negligence of the pastors. There is
none of the present schisms could have crept into the saying, “Portia is dead.' Here Cassius is all tender
a digression in this treatise, proving, that the preness, and ready to dissolve, when he considers that the mind of his friend had been employed on the that the church was in danger, is only a trick to
tences made by the priesthood, from time to time, greatest affiction imaginable, when he had been add- make the laity passionate for that of which they ing to it by a debate on trifles ; which makes him, in themselves have been negligent. The whole conthe anguish of his heart, cry out, . How 'scaped Icludes with an exhortation to the clergy, to the study killing, when I thus provoked you?'. This is an in- of eloquence, and practice of piety, as the only method cident which moves the soul in all its sentiments; to support the highest of all honours, that of a priest and Cassius's heart was at once touched with all the who lives and acts according to his character. soft pangs of pity, remorse, and reconciliation. It is said, indeed, by Horace, 'If you would have me weep, No. 69.J SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1709. you must first weep yourself! This is not 'iterally
-Quid oportet irue; for it would have been as rightly said, if we observe nature, That I shall certainly weep if you do
Nos facere, à vulgo longe latéque remotos?
Hor. 1 Sat. v. i. 17. not; but what is intended by that expression is, that it is not possible to give passion, except you show that
But how shall we, who differ far and wide, you suffer yourself. Therefore, the trite art seems to From the mere vulgar, this great point decide. be, that when you would have the person you repre
Francisa sent pitied, you must show him at once in the highest From my own Apartment, September 16. grief, and struggling to bear it with decency and pa It is, as far as it relates to our present being, the tience. In this case we sigh for him, and give him great end of education to raise ourselves above the every groan hc suppresses.
vulgar; but what is intended by the vulgar, is not, I remember, when I was young enough to follow methinks, enough understood. In me, indeed, that the sports of the field, I have more than once rode off word raises a quite different idea from what it usuat the death of a deer, when I have seen the animal, ally does in others; but perhaps that proceeds from in an affliction which appeared human, without the my being old, and beginning to want the relish of least noise, let fall tears when he was reduced to ex such satisfactions as are the ordinary entertainment tremity; and I have thought of the sorrow I saw him of men. However, such as my opinion is in this in, when his haunch came to the table. But our case, I will speak it; because it possible that tears are not given only to objects of pity, but the turn of thought may be received by others, who may mind has recourse to that relief in all occasions which reap as much satisfaction from it as I do myself. give us great emotion. Thus, to be apt to shed tears It is to me a very great meanness, and something is a sign of a great as well as a little spirit. I have much below a philosopher, which is what I mean by heard say, the present pope never passes through the a gentleman, to rank a man among the vulgar for people, who always kneel in crowds, and ask his be the condition of life he is in, and not according to his
behaviour, his thoughts, and sentiments, in that “SIR,
Sep. 13, Equal day and night. condition. For if a man be loaded with riches and * There are two ladies, who, having a good opinion honours, and in that state of life has thoughts and of your taste and judgment, desire you to make use inclinations below the meanest artificer; is not such of them in the following particular, which perhaps an artificer, who, within his power, is good to his you may allow very extraordinary. The two ladies friends, moderate in his demands for his labour, and before-mentioned have, a considerable time sinca, cheerful in his occupation, very much superior to him contracted a more sincere and constant friendship who lives for no other end but to serve himself, and than their adversaries, the men, will allow consistent assumes a preference in all his words and actions to with the frailty of female nature; and being, from a long those who act their part with much more grace than acquaintance, convinced of the perfect agreement of himself ? Epictetus has made use of the similitude their tempers, have thought upon an expedient te of a stage-play to human life with much spirit. “It prevent their separation, and cannot think any sa is not,' says he, to be considered among the actors, effectual (since it is common for love to destroy who is prince, or who is beggar, but who acts prince friendship) as to give up both their liberties to the or beggar best.' The circumstance of life should not same person in marriage. The gentleman they bare be that which gives us place, but our behaviour in pitched upon is neither well bred nor agreeable, bis that circumstance is what should be our solid dis- understanding moderate, and his person Deter tinction. Thus a wise man should think no man designed to charm women ; but having so much self. above him or below him, any further than it regards | interest in his nature, as to be satisfied with making the outward order or discipline of the world : for, if we double contracts, upon condition of receiving double conceive too great an idea of the eminence of our fortunes; and most men being so far sensible of the superiors, or subordination of our inferiors, it will uneasiness that one woman occasions ; they think have an ill effect upon our behaviour to both. He him, for these reasons, the most likely person of the.. who thinks no man above him but for his virtue, acquaintance to receive these proposals. Upon 21 none below him but for his vice, can never be ob- other accounts, he is the last man either of them would sequious or assuming in a wrong place; but will choose, yet for this, preferable to all the rest. They frequently emulate men in rank below him, and pity desire to know yonr opinion the next post, resolving those above him,
to defer farther proceeding, until they have received it. This sense of mankind is so far from a levelling
• I am, Sir, principle, that it only sets us upon a true basis of Your unknown, unthought of, humble servant, distinction, and doubles the merit of such as become
BRIDGET EITHERSDE' their condition.
A man in power, who can, without the ordinary This is very extraordinary; and much might be prepossessions which stop the way to the true know- objected by me, who am something of a ciriliaa, ts ledge and service of mankind, overlook the little the case of two marrying the same man: but these distinctions of fortune, raise obscure merit, and dis- ladies, are, I perceive, free-thinkers; and therefore I countenance successful indesert, has, in the minds of shall speak only to the prudential part of this design, knowing men, the figure of an angel rather than a merely as a philosopher, without entering into the man; and is above the rest of men in the highest merit of it in the ecclesiastical or civil law. These character he can be, even that of their benefactor, constant friends, Piladea and Orestea, are at a less to
Turning my thoughts, as I was taking my pipe preserve their friendship from the encroachments of this evening, after this manner, it was no small love : for which end they have resolved upon a fellos delight to me to receive advice from Felicia, that who cannot be the object of affection or esteem to Eboracensis was appointed a governor of one of their either, and consequently cannot rob one of the place plantations. As I am a great lover of mankind, I each has in her friend's heart. But in all my reading took part in the happiness of that people who were (and I have read all that the sages of love have writ) to be governed by one of so great humanity, justice, have found the greatest danger in jealousy. The and honour. Eboracensis has read all the schemes ladies, indeeed, to avoid this passion, choose a sad which writers have formed of government and order, fellow; but if they would be advised by me, they and has been long conversant with men who have had better hare each her worthless man; otherwise, the reins in their hands; so that he can very well he that was despicable, while he was indifferent to distinguish between chimerical and practical politics. them, will become valuable when he seems to prefer It is a great blessing, when men have to deal with one to the other. such different characters in the same species as those I remember in the history of Don Quixote of la of freemen and slaves, that they who command have Mancha, there is a memorable passage, which opens a just sense of human nature itself, by which they to us the weakness of our nature in such particulars. can temper the haughtiness of the master, and soften The Don falls into discourse with a gentleman, whom he the servitude of the slave-'Hæ tibi erunt artes.' calls the Knight of the Green Cassock,' and is invited This is the notion with which those of the plantation to his house. When he comes there, he runs into disreceive Eboracensis : and as I have cast his nativity, course and panegyricupon the economy, the government, I find there will be a record made of this person's and order of his family, the education of his children, administration; and on that part of the shore and, lastly, on the singular wisdom of him who disfrom whence he embarks to return from his govern- posed things with that exactness. The gentleman ment, there will be a monument, with these makes a soliloquy to himself: O irresistible power words : Here the people wept, and took_leave of flattery! Though I know this is a mad man, I canof Eboracensis, the first governor our mother Felicia not help being taken with his applause.' The ladies sent, who, during his command here, believed himself will find this much more true in the case of their her subject.'
lover ; and the woman he most likes will certainly be White's Chocolate-house, September 16.
more pleased, she whom he slights more offended,
than she can imagine before she has tried. Now, I The following letter wants such sudden despatch, humbly propose, that they both marry curcombs that all things else must wait for this time :
whom they are sure they cannot like, and then they
may be pretty secure against the change of affection, No. 70.) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1709. which they fear; and, by that means, preserving the temperature under which they now write, enjoy, Quicquid agunt hominesduring life, • Equal day and night.'
nostri est sarrago libelli.
Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86. St. James's Coffee-house, September 16.
Whatever good is done, whaterer illThere is no manner of news; but people now
By human kind, shall this collection fill. spend their time in coffee-houses in reflections upon the particulars of the late glorious day, and collecting From my own Apartment, September 19. the several parts of the action, as they are produced
The following letter, in prosecution of what I have in letters from private hands, or notices given to us lately asserted, has urged that matter so much better by accounts in public papers. A pleasant gentleman, than I had, that I insert it as I received it. These alluding to the great sences through which we pierced, testimonials are customary with us learned men, and said this evening, 'the French thought themselves sometimes are suspected to be written by the author; on the right side of the hedge, but it proved other but I fear no one will suspect me of this. wise.' Mr. Kidney, who has long conversed with, and filled tea for, the most consummate politicians,
London, Sept. 15, 1709. was pleased to give me an account of this piece of Having read your lucubrations of the tenth ribaldry; and desired me, on that occasion, to write instant, I cannot but entirely agree with you in your a whole paper on the subject of valour, and explain notion of the scarcity of men who can either read or how that quality, which must be possessed by whole speak. For my part, I have lived these thirty years armies, is so highly preferable in one man rather in the world, and yet have observed but very few than another; and how the same actions are but who could do either in any tolerable manner; among mere acts of duty in some, and instances of the most which few, you must understand that I reckon myheroic virtue in others. He advises me not to fail, self. How far eloquence, set off with the proper in this discourse, to mention the gallantry of the ornaments of voice and gesture, will prevail over the Prince of Nassau in this last engagement; who, when passions, and how cold and unaffecting the best a battalion made a halt in the face of the enemy, oration in the world would be without them, there spatched the colours out of the hands of the ensign, are two remarkable instances in the case of Ligarius, and planted them just before the line of the enemy, and that of Milo. Cæsar had condemned Ligarius. calling to that battalion to take care of their colours, if He came indeed to hear what might be said; but, they had no regard to 'him. Mr. Kidney has my thinking himself his own master, resolved not to be promise to obey him in this particular on the first biassed by any thing Cicero could say in his behalf: occasion that offers.
but in this he was mistaken ; for when the orator Mr. Bickerstaff is now compiling exact accounts began to speak, the hero is moved, he is vanquished, of the pay of the militia, and the commission-officers and at length the criminal absolved. It must be under the respective lieutenancies of Great Britain; observed, that this famous orator was less renowned in the first place those of London and Westminster ; for his courage than his eloquence ; for though he and in regard that there are no common soldiers, but came, at another time, prepared to defend Milo with all holise-keepers, or representatives of house-keepers, one of the best orations that antiquity has produced ; in these bodies, the sums raised by the officers shall yet, being seized with a sudden fear, by seeing some be looked into ; and their fellow soldiers, or rather armed men surrounding the Forum, he faltered in his fellow-travellers, from one part of the town to the speech, and became unable to exert that irresistible other, not defrauded of the ten pounds allowed for force and beauty of action which would have saved the subsistence of the troops.
his client, and for want of which he was condemned Whereas, not very long since, at a tavern between to banishment. As the success the former of these Fleet-bridge and Charing-cross, some certain polite orations met with appears chiefly owing to the life gentlemen thought fit to perform the bacchanalian and graceful manner with which it was recited (for exercises of devotion, by dancing without clothes on, some there are who think it may be read without after the manner of the Præ-Adamites : this is to cer- transport), so the latter seems to have failed of success tify those persons, that there is no manner of wit or for no other reason, but because the orator was not bumour in the said practice; and that the beadles of in a condition to set it off with those ornaments. It the parish are to be at their next meeting, where it is must be confessed, that artful sound will, with the to be examined, whether they are arrived at a want of crowd, prevail even more than sense; but those who feeling, as well as want of shame?
are masters of both, will ever gain the admiration of Whereas a chapel clerk was lately taken in a garret all their hearers; and there is, I think, a very natural on a flock bed, with two of the fair sex, who are account to be given of this matter ; for the sensation usually employed in sisting cinders: this is to let of the head and heart are caused in each of these him know, that if he persists in being a scandal both parts by the outward organs of the eye and ear ; that, to laity and clergy, as being, as it were, both and therefore, which is conveyed to the understanding neither, the names of the nymphs who were with and passions by only one of these organs, will not him shall be printed; therefore he is desired, as he affect us so much as that which is transmitted through tenders the reputation of his ladies, to repent. both. I cannot but think your charge is just against
But Mr. Bickerstaff has received information, that a great part of the learned clergy of Great Britain, an eminent and noble preacher in the chief congrega- who deliver the most excellent discourses with such tion of Great Britain, for fear of being thought guilty coldness and indifference, that it is no great wonder of presbyterian fervency and extemporary prayer, the unintelligent many of their cougregations fall lately read his, before sermon; but the same advices asleep. Thus it happens that their orations meet acknowledging that he made the congregation large with a quite contrary fate to that of Demosthenes amends by the shortness of his discourse, it is you mentioned; for as that lost much of its beauty thought fit to make no further observation upon it. and force by being repeated to the magistrates of
Rhodes without the winning action of that great THE TATLER, No. 16.
orator; so the performances of these gentlemen nerer eloquence in it. Excuse another scrap of Latin; it appear with so little grace, and to so much disadvan- | is from one of the fathers: I think it will appear a tage, as when delivered by themselves from the just observation to all, and it may have authority pulpit. Hippocrates, being sent for to a patient in with some: Qui autem docent tantùm, nec facient this city, and, having felt his pulse, enquired into the ipsi præceptis suis detrahunt pondus : quis enim obo symptoms of his distemper; and finding that it pro- temperet, cum ipsi præceptores doceam son obtempeceeded in great measure from want of sleep, advises rare? Those who teach, but do not act agreeably his patient with an air of gravity, to be carried to to the instructions they give to others, take away al church to hear a sermon, not doubting but that it weight from their doctrine: for who will obey the would dispose him for the rest he wanted. If some precepts they inculcate, if they themselves teach us of the rules Horace gives for the theatre were (not by their practice to disobey them? improperly) applied to our pulpits, we should not
. I am, Sir, hear a sermon prescribed as a good opiate.
• Your most humble Servant, Si vis me flere, dolendum est
'JONATHAN ROSEAAT, Primum ipse tibi Hor. Ars Poet. v. 102.
*P.S. You were complaining in that paper, that If you would have me weep, begin the strain. the clergy of Great Britain had not yet learned to
Francis. speak; a very great defect indeed: and therefore, I A man must himself express some concern and shall think myself a well-deserver of the church,' in affection in delivering his discourse, if he expects his recommending all the dumb clergy to the famous
This ingenious auditory should interest themselves in what he pro- speaking doctor at Kensington. poses. Por, otherwise, notwithstanding the dignity utterance, has placed his whole study in the net.
gentleman, out of compassion to those of a bed and importance of the subject he treats of; not. modelling the organs of voice; which art he has sa withstanding the weight and argument of the dis- far advanced, as to be able even to make a good orate course itself; yet too many will say,
of a pair of bellows. He lately exhibited a specimen Male si mandata loqueris,
of his skill in this way, of which I was informed by Aut dormitabo, aut ridebo
the worthy gentlemen then present; who were at Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 104. once delighted and amazed to hear an instrument of • But if, unmov'd, you act not what you say,
so simple an organization use an exact articulation I'll sleep, or laugh the lifeless theme away.'
of words, a just cadency in its sentences, and s
wonderful pathos in its pronunciation : not that he • If there be a deficiency in the speaker, there will designs to expatiate in this practice; because be not be a sufficient attention and regard paid to the cannot, as he says, apprehend what use it may be af thing spoken : but, Mr. Bickerstaff, you know, that to mankind, whose benefit he aims at in a more as too little action is cold, so too much is fulsome. | particular manner : and, for the same reason, he vil Some, indeed, may think themselves accomplished never more instruct the feathered kind, the parrot speakers for no other reason than because they can having been his last scholar in that way. He has a be loud and noisy; for surely Stentor must have some wonderful faculty in making and mending echoes: design in his vociferations. But, dear Mr. Bicker- and this he will perform at any time for the use of staff, convince them, that as harsh and irregular the solitary in the country; being a man bora far sound is not harmony; so neither is banging a universal good, and for that reason recommended to cushion, oratory; and, therefore, in my humble your patronage by, Sir, opinion, à certain divine of the first order, whom I
Yours, &c.' allow otherwise to be a great man, would do well to leave this off; for I think his sermons would be
Another learned gentleman gives me also this more persuasive, if he gave his auditory less disturb- encomium ; ance. Though I cannot say that this action would 'SIR,
September 16. be wholly improper to a profane oration ; yet, I think, • You are now got into a useful and noble subject; in a religious assembly, it gives a man too warlike, take care to handle it with judgment and delicacy. or perhaps too theatrical a figure, to be suitable to a I wish every young divine would give yours of christian congregation. I am, Sir,
Saturday last a serious perusal; and now you are • Your humble servant, &c.' entered upon the action of an orator, if you would The most learned and ingenious Mr. Rosehat is proceed to favour the world with some remarks ca also pleased to write to me on this subject.
the mystical enchantments of pronunciation, what a
secret force there is in the accents of a tunable voice, SIR,
and wherefore the works of two very great men of • I read with great pleasure, in the Tatler of Satur- the profession could never please so well when reed day last, the conversation upon eloquence : permit as heard, I shall trouble you with no more scribble, me to hint to you one thing the great Roman orator You are now in the method of being truly profitable observes upon this subject; Caput enim arbitrabatur and delightful. If you can keep up such great and oratoris (he quotes Menedemus, an Athenian,) ut sublime subjects, and pursue them with a suitable ipsis apud quos ageret talis qualem ipse optaret genius, go on and prosper. Farewell.' videretur ; id fieri vitæ dignitate. (Tull, de Orat.)
White's Chocolate-house, September 19. It is the first rule in oratory, that a man must appear such as he would persuade others to be ; and that This was left for me here, for the use of the comcan be accomplished only by the force of his life. Ipany of the house : believe it might be of great service to let our public
*TO ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, ESQ. orators know, that an unnatural gravity or unbecoming levity in their behaviour out of the 'SIR,
September, 15. pulpit, will take very much from the force of their "The account you gave lately of a certain dago
kennel in or near Suffolk-street, was not so punctual, as to the list of the dogs, as might have been expected
September 13. from a person of Mr. Bickerstaff's intelligence ; for,
Observing you are not content with lashing the if you will despatch Pacolet thither some evening, many vices of the age without illustrating each with it is ten to one but he finds, besides those you particular characters, it is thought nothing would mentioned,
more contribute to the impression you design by *Towzer , a large French mongrel
, that was not long Tatler of this day, 1 observe you allow, that nothing
such, than always having regard to truth. In your ago in a tattered condition, but has now got new hair ; is not fileet, but, when he grapples, bites even to the is so tender as a lady's reputation; that a stain once marrow,
got in their fame is hardly ever to be washed out. Spring, a little French greyhound, that lately This you grant, even when you give yourself leave made a false trip to Tunbridge.
to trifle. If so, what caution is necessary in handling Sly, an old battered fox-hound, that began the
the reputation of a man, whose well-being in this life game in France.
perhaps entirely depends on preserving it from any Lightfoot, a fine skinned Flanders dog, that wound, which once there received, too often becomes belonged to a pack at Ghent; but, having lost flesh, fatal and incurable? Suppose some villanous hand, is gone to Paris, for the benefit of the air.
through personal prejudice, transmits materials for * With several others, that in time may be worth
this purpose, which you publish to the world, and notice.
afterwards become fully convinced you were imposed • Your familiar will see also, how anxious the keep-on; as by this time you may be of a character you ers are about the prey, and, indeed, not without very
have sent into the world; I say, sapposing this, I good reason, for they have their share of every thing;
would be glad to know, what reparation you think nay, not so much as a poor rabbit can be run down, ought to be made the person so injured, admitting but these carnivorous curs swallow a quarter of it. you stood in his place. It has always been held, Some mechanics in the neighbourhood, that have
that a generous education is the surest mark of a entered into this civil society, and who furnish part in all your papers ; and I am persuaded, though you
generous mind. The former is, indeed, perspicuous of the carrion and oatmeal for the dogs, have the skin ; and the bones are picked clean by a little French keep any measures, even of christianity, with those
affect often to show the latter, yet you would not shock that belongs to the family, &c. 'I am, Sir,
who should handle you in the manner you do others. •Your humble servant, &c.
The application of all this is from your having very
lately glanced at a man under a character, which, 'I had almost forgot to tell you, that Ringwood were he conscious to deserve, he would be the first to bites at Hampstead with false teeth.
rid the world of himself; and would be more justifiable in it to all sorts of than you in your com
mitting such a violence on his reputation, which No. 71.] THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1709.
perhaps you may be convinced of in another manner
than you deserve from him. From my own Apartment, September 21.
• A man of your capacity, Mr. Bickerstaff, should I have long been, against my inclination, employed have more noble views, and pursue the true spirit of in satire, and that in persecution of such persons, who satire ; but I will conclude, lest I grow out of temper, are below the dignity of the true spirit of it; such and will only beg you, for your own preservation, to who, I fear, are not to be reclaimed by making them remember the proverb of the pitcher. only ridiculous. The sharpers shall, therefore, have a month's time to themselves, free from the observa
·A, J: tion of this paper ; but I must not make a truce The proverb of the pitcher I have no regard to; without letting them know, that, at the same time, I but it would be an insensibility not to be pardoned am preparing for a more vigorous war: for a friend if a man could be untouched at so warm an accusaof mine has promised me he will employ his time in tion, and that laid with so much seeming temper. compiling such a tract, before the session of the All I can say to it is, that if the writer, by the same ensuing parliament, as shall lay gaming home to the method whereby he conveyed this letter, 'shall give bosoms of all who love their country or their families; me an instance wherein I have injured any good man, and he doubts not but it will create an act, that shall or pointed at any thing which is not the true object make these rogues as scandalous as those less mis- of raillery, I shall acknowledge the offence in as open chierous ones on the high road.
å manner as the press can do it, and lay down this I have received private intimations to take care of paper for ever. my walks, and remember there are such things as There is something very terrible in unjustly attackstabs and blows: but as there never was any thing | ing men in a way that may prejudice their honour or in this design which ought to displease a man of fortune; but when men of too modest a sense of honour, or which was not designed to offend the themselves will think they are touched, it is imposrascals, I shall give myself very little concern for sible to prevent ill consequences from the most innow finding what I expected, that they would be highly cent and general discourses. This I have known provoked at these lucubrations. But, though í happen in circuinstances the most foreign to theirs utterly despise the pack, I must confess I am at a who have taken offence at them. An advertisement stand at the receipt of the following letter, which lately published, relating to Omicron, alarmed a genseems to be written by a man of sense and worth, who has tleman of good sense, integrity, honour, and industry, mistaken some passage that I am sure was not levelled who is, in every particular, different from the trifling at him. This gentleman's complaints girė me com- Pretenders pointed at in that advertisement. When punction, when I neglect the threats of the rascals. the modesty of some is as excessive as the vanity of I cannot be content with the rogues any longer, since others, what defence is there against misinterpretathey pretend to threaten. I do not know whether I tion? However, giving disturbance, though not in shall allow them the favour of transportation, tended, to men of virtuous characters, has 30 sin
I am yours,