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who is said to have had an enchanted ring, which The tickets which were delivered out for the be- had in it a miraculous quality, making him wbo nefit of Signor Nicolini Grimaldi on the twenty: wore it visible or invisible, as he turned it to or fourth instant will be taken on Thursday the second from his body. The use Gyges made of his occaof March, his benefit being deferred until that day. sional in visibility was, by the advantage of it, to vio
N. B. In all operas for the future, where it thun- late a queen, and murder a king. Tully takes noders and lightens in proper time and in tune, the tice of this allegory, and says very handsomely, that inatter of the said lighting is to be of the finest a man of honour who had such a ring would act just rosin; and, for the sake of harmony, the same in the same manner as he would without it. It is which is used to the best Cremona fiddles.
indeed no small pitch of virtue, under the temptation Note also, that the true perfumed lightning is only of impunity, and the hopes of accomplishing all a prepared and sold by Mr. Charles Liilie, at the cor- man desires, not to transgress the rules of justice ner of Beaufort-buildings.
and virtue; but this is rather not being an ill man, The lady who has chosen Mr. Bickerstaff for than being positively a good one; and it seems wonher Valentine, and is at a loss what to present him derful, that so great a soul as Tully should not forma with, is desired to make him, with her own hands, a to himself a thousand worthy actions, which a viswarm night-cap.
tuous mind would be prompted to by the possession
of such a secret. There are certainly some part of No. 138.] SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1709-10. mankind that are guardian-beings to the other. Secretosque pios, his dantem jura Catonem.
Sallust could say of Cato, That he had rather be, Virg. Æn. viii. 670.
than appear, good, but, indeed, this eulogium rose
no higher than, as I just now hinted, to an inoffenApart from these, the happy souls he draws, siveness, rather than an active virtue. Had it oeAnd Cato's pious ghost dispensing laws.-Dryden. curred to the noble orator to represent, in his lanSheer-lane, February 24.
guage, the glorious pleasures of a man secretly It is an argument of a clear and worthy spirit in employed in beneficence and generosity, it would a man to be able to disengage himself from the opi- certainly have made a more charming page than nions of others, so far as not to let the deference due any he has left behind him. How might a man, to the sense of mankind ensnare him to act against furnished with Gyges's secret, employ it in bringing the dictates of his own reason. But the generality together distant friends ; laying suares for creating of the world are so far from walking by any such good-will in the room of groundless hatred; in remaxim, that it is almost a standing rule to do as moving the pangs of an unjust jealousy, the shyness others do, or be ridiculous. I have heard my old of an imperfect reconciliation, and the tremor of an friend, Mr. Hart, speak it as an observation among awful love! Such a-one could give confidence to the players, 'that it is impossible to act with grace, bashful merit, and confusion to overbearing impuexcept the actor has forgot that he is before an audi- dence. ence. Until he has arrived at that, his motion, his Certain it is, that secret kindnesses done to manair, his very step and gesture, has something in kind are as beautiful as secret injuries are detestable. them which discovers that he is under a restraint, To be invisibly good is as godlike, as to be invisibly for fear of being ill received; or, if he considers ill diabolical. As degenerate as we are apt to say himself as in the presence of those who approve his the age we live in is, there are still amongst us men behaviour, you see an affectation of that pleasure run of illustrious minds, who enjoy all the pleasures of through his whole carriage. It is as common in life, good actions, except that of being commended for as upon the stage, to behold a man in the most in them. There happens, among other very worthy different action betray a sense he has of doing what instances of a public spirit, one which I am obliged he is about gracefully. Some have such an immo- to discover, because I know not otherwise how to derate relish for applause, that they expect it for obey the commands of the benefactor. A citizen of things, which in theinselves are so frivolous, that it London has given directions to Mr. Rayner, the is impossible, without this affectation, to make them writing-master of St. Paul's school, to educate at his appear worthy either of blame or praise. There is charge ten boys, who shall be nominated by me, in Will Glare, so passionately intent upon being ad- writing and accounts, until they shall be fit for any mired, that when you see him in public places, every trade; I desire, therefore, such as know any proper muscle of his face discovers his thoughts are fixed objects for receiving this bounty, to give notice upon the consideration of what figure he makes. He thereof to Mr. Morphew, or Mr. Lillie ; and they will fall into a musing posture, to attract observa. shall, if properly qualified, have instructions accordtion; and is then obtruding himself upon the com- ingly. pauy, when he pretends to be withdrawn from it. Actions of this kind have in them something so Such little arts are the certain and infallible tokens transcendant, that it is an injury to applaud them, of a superficial mind, as the avoiding observation is and a diminution of that merit which consists in the sign of a great and sublime one. It is there- shunning our approbation. We shall therefore leave fore extremely difficult for a man to judge even of them to enjoy that glorious obscurity; and silently his own actions, without forming to himself an idea admire their virtue who can contemn the most deof what he should act, were it in his power to exe-licious of human pleasures, that of receiving due cute all his desires without the observation of the praise. Such celestial dispositions very justly susrest of the world. There is an allegorical fable in pend the discovery of their benefactions, until they Plato, which seems to admonish us, that we are very come where their actions cannot be misinterpreted, little acquainted with ourselves, while we know our and receive their first congratulations in the company actions are to pass the censures of others; but, had of angels. we the power to accomplish all our wishes unob
ADVERTISEMENT. served, we should then easily inform ourselves how Whereas Mr. Bickerstaff, by a letter bearing date far we are possessed of real and intrinsic virtue. this twenty-fourth of February, has received informThe fable I was going to mention is that of Gyges, ation, that there are, in and about the Royal Es
change, a sort of people commonly known by the extravagant aleas we pretend to have of their beauty name of Whetters, who drink themselves into an and perfection. Thus, when a young man falls in intermediate state of being neither drunk nor sober love with a young woman, from that moment she is before the hours of Exchange or business; and in no more Mrs. Alice such-a-one, born of such a father, that condition buy and sell stock3, discount notes, and educated by such a mother; but from the first and do many other acts of well-disposed citizens; ininute that he casts his eye upon her with desire, he this is to give notice, that from this day forward, no conceives a doubt in his mind, what heavenly power Whetter shall be able to give or endorse any note, gave so unexpected a blow to a heart that was ever or execute any other point of commerce, afier the before untouched. But who can resist fate and desthird half-pint, before the hour of one ; and whoever tiny, which are lodged in Mrs. Alice's eyes ? after shall transact any matter or matters with a Whetter, which he desires orders accordingly, whether he is to not being himself of that order, shall be conducted live or die; the smile or frown of his goddess is the to Moorfields upon the first application of his next ouly thing that can now either save or destroy him. of kin.
By this means, the well-humoured girl, that would N.B. - No tavern near the Exchange shall deliver have romped with him before she had received this 1 wine to such as drink at the bar standing, except declaration, assumes a state suitable to the majesty
the same shall be three parts of the best cider, and he has given her, and treats him as the vassal he ra the master of the house shall produce a certificate of calls himself. The girl's head is immediately turned
the same from Mr. Tintoret, or some other credible by having the power of life and death, and takes care wine-painter.
to suit every motion and air to her new sovereignty. Whereas the model of the intended Bedlam is After he has placed himself at this distance, he must now finished, and the edifice itself will be very sud- never hope to recover his former familiarity, until denly begun; it is desired, that all such as have she has had the addresses of another, and found them relations, whom they would recommend to our care,
less sincere. would bring in their proofs with all speed; none
If the application to women were justly turned, being to be admitted, of course, but lovers, who are the address of flattery, though it implied at the same put into an immediate regimen. Young politicians time an admonition, would be much more likely
to also are received without fees or examination.
succeed. Should a captivated lover, in a billet, let his mistress know, that her piety to her parents, her
gentleness of behaviour, her prudent economy with No. 139.1 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1710. respect to her own little affairs in a virgin condition, Nihil est quod credere de se
had improved the passion which her beauty had inNon possit, cum laudatur Diis æqua potestas.
spired him with, into so settled an esteem for her,
Juv. Sat. iv. 70. that of all women breathing he wished her his wife; Nothing so monstrous can be said or feign'd,
though his commending her for qualities she knew But with belief and joy is entertain’d,
she had as a virgin, would make her believe he exWhen to her face a giddy girl is prais'd,
pected from her an answerable conduct in the characer By ill-judg’d flattery to an angel rais’d.
of a matron; I will answer for it, his suit would be Dryden.
carried on with less perplexity.
Instead of this, the generality of our young women, Sheer Lane, February 27. !
taking all their notions of life from gay writings or When I reflect upon the many nights I have sat letters of love, consider themselves as goddesses, up for some months last past, in the greatest anxiety nymphs, and shepherdesses, for the good of my neighbours and contemporaries, By this romantic sense of things, all the natural it is no small discouragement to me, to see how slow relations and duties of life are forgotten; and our a progress I make in the reformation of the world. female part of mankind are bred and treated, as if But indeed I must do my female readers the justice they were designed to inhabit the happy fields of to own, that their tender hearts are much more sus. Arcadia, rather than be wives and mothers in Oll ceptible of good impressions than the miuds of the England. It is, indeed, long since I had the happi. other sex. Business and ambition take up men's ness to converse familiarly with this sex, and there. , thouş hts too much to leave room for philosophy; but fore have been fearful of falling into the error which if you speak to women in a style and manner proper recluse men are very subject to, that of giving false to approach them, they never fail to inprove by your representations of the world, from which they have counsels. I shall therefore, for the future, turi my retired, by imaginary schemes drawn from their own thoughts more particularly to their service; and reflections. An old man cannot easily gain admitstudy the best methods to adorn their persons, and tance into the dressing-room of ladies; I therefore inform their minds in the justest methods to make thought it time well spent to turn over Agrippa, and them what nature designed them, the most beauteous use all my occult art, to give my old cornelian ring objects of our eyes, and the most agreeable com- the same force with that of Gyges, which I have panions of our lives. But, when I say this, I must lately spoken of. By the help of this I went un not omit, at the same time, to look into their crrors observed to a friend's house of mine, and followed the and mistakes, that being the readiest way to the chambermaid invisibly about twelve of the clock into intended end of adorning and instructing them. It the bedchamber of the beauteous Flavia, his fine inust be acknowledged, that the very inadvertences daughter, just before she got up. of this sex are owing to the other; for if men were I drew the curtains; and being wrapped up in the not flatterers, women could not fall into that general safety of my old age, could with much pleasure, withcause of all their follies and our misfortunes, the love out passion, behold her sleeping, with Waller's poems, of flattery. Were the commendation of these agree and a letter fixed in that part of him where every able creatures built upon its proper foundation, the woman thinks herself described. The light flashing higher we raised their opinion of themselves, the upon her face, awakened her; she opened her eyes, greater would be the advantage to our sex; but all and her lips too, repeating that piece of false wit in the topic of praise is drawn from very senseless and that admired poci,
Such Helen was; and who can blame the boy, less concerned at this, because I have for this day or That in so bright a flamo consum'd his Troy? two last past observed, that we novelists have been
Waller. condemned wholly to the pastry-cooks, the eyes of This she pronounced with a most bewitching sweet the nation being turned upon greater matters. This, ness; but after it, fetched a sigh, that methought had therefore, being a time when none but my immediate more desire than languishment: then took out her correspondents will read me, I shall speak to them letter; and read aloud, for the pleasure, I suppose, chiefly at this present writing. It is the fate of us of hearing soft words in praise of herself, the follow- who pretend to joke, to be frequently understood to ing epistle :
be only upon the droll when we are speaking the • MADAM,
most seriously, as appears by the following letter to * I sat near you at the opera last night; but knew Charles Lillie. no entertainment from the vain show and noise • MR. LILLIE, London, Feb. 28, 1709-10. about me, while I waited wholly intent upon the mo- It being professed by Esquire Bickerstaff, that tion of your bright eyes, in hopes of a glance that his intention is to expose the vices and follies of the might restore me to the pleasures of sight and hear- age, and to promote virtue and good-will amongs ing in the midst of beauty and harmony. It is said, mankind; it must be a comfort for a person labourthe hell of the accursed in the next life arises from ing under great straits and difficulties, to read any an incapacity to partake the joys of the blessed, thing that has the appearance of succour. I should though they were to be admitted to them. Such, I be glad to know, therefore, whether the intelligence am sure, was my condition all that evening; and if given in his Tatler of Saturday last, of the intended you, my deity, cannot have so much mercy, as to charity of a certain citizen of London, to maintain inake me by your influence capable of tasting the the education of ten boys in writing and accounts satisfaction of life, my being is ended, which con- until they be fit for trade, be given only to encourage sisted only in your favour.'
and recommend persons to the practice of such pobie The letter was hardly read over, when she rushed and charitable designs; or, whether there be a parout of bed in her wrapping gown, and consulted her son who really intends to do so. If the latter, I glass for the truth of his passion. She raised her humbly beg Esquire Bickerstafi's pardon for making head, and turned it to a profile, repeating the last a doubt
, and inpute it to my ignorance; and mos! lines, My being is ended, which consisted only in humbly crave, that he would be pleased to give your favour. The goddess immediately called her notice in his Tatier, when he thinks fit, wbether his maid, and fell to dressing that mischievous face of nomination of ten boys be disposed, or whether there hers, without any manner of consideration for the be room for two boys to be recommended to him; mortal who had offered up his. Nay, it was so far and that he will permit the writer of this to present otherwise, that the whole time of her woman's him with two boys, who, it is humbly presumed, mill combing her hair was spent in discourse of the im- be judged to be very remarkable objects of such pertinence of his passion, and ended in declaring a charity.
"Sir, resolution, if she ever had hiin, to make him wait.'
• Your most humble servant.' She also frankly told the favourite gipsy that was prating to her, " that her passionate lover had put without jest, that there really is so good and cha
I am to tell this gentleman in sober sadness, and it out of her power to be civil to him, if she were in; ritable a man as the benefactor enquired for in his clined to it; for," said she, if I am thus celestial letter, and that there are but two boys yet named to my lover, he will certainly so far think himself The father of one of them was killed at Blenheim, disappointed, as I grow into the familiarity and form the father of the other at Almanza. I do not here of a mortal woman. I came away as I went in, without staying for take it to be an insolence in me to publish them, in
give the names of the children, because I should other remarks than what confirmed me in the opi.
a charity which I have only the direction of as a nion, that it is from the notions the men inspire them with, that the women are so fantastical in the bestows upon them this bounty without laying the
servant to that worthy and generous spirit, who value of themselves. This imaginary pre-eminence bondage of an obligation. What I have to do is to which is given to the fair sex, is not only formed from the addresses of people of condition, but it is tell them, they are beholden only to their Maker
, the fashion and humour of all orders to go regularly to kill in them, as they grow up, the false shame of out of their wits, as soon as they begin to inake love. poverty; and let them know, that their present forI know at this time three goddesses in the New Ex: tune, which is come upon them by the loss of their change; and there are two shepherdesses that sell poor fathers on so glorious occasions, is much more
honourable than the inheritance of the most ample gloves in Westminster-hall.
The next letter which lies before me is from a mag No. 140.] THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1709-10. of sense, who strengthens his own authority with
that of Tully, in persuading me to what he very -Aliena ncgotia centum
justly believes one cannot be averse.
Mn. BJCKERSTAFF, London, Feb. 27, 1709.
I am so confident of your inclination to promote My senses, and besiege me round. - Francis. any thing that is for the advancement of liberal
arts, that I lay before you the following translation Sheer-lane, March 2
of a paragraph in Cicero's oration in defence of IIAVING the honour to be, by my great grand- Archias the poet, as an incentive to the agreeable mother, a Welshman, I have been_among some and instructive reading of the writings of the Auguschoice spirits of that part of Great Britain, where tan age. Most vices and follies proceed from a we solaced ourselves in celebration of the day of St. man's incapacity of entertaining himself, and we are David. I am, I confess, elevated above that state of generally fools in company, because we dare not be mind which is proper for lucubration : but I ain the wise alone. I hope, on some future occasions, you
• I am,
will find this no barren hint. Tully, after having transgress against the latter, to preserve our reputasaid very handsome things of his client, commends tion in the former. * Your humble servant, the arts of which he was master, as follows:
• Lydia.' • If so much profit be not reaped in the study of The last letter I shall insert is what follows. This letters, and if pleasure only be found; yet, in my is written by a very inquisitive lady; and, I think, opinion, this relaxation of the mind should be es- such interrogative gentlewomen are to be answered teemed most humane and ingenuous. Other things no other way than by interrogation. Her billet is are not for all ages, places, and seasons. These this: studies form youth, delight old age, adorn pros
· Dear MR. BICKERSTAFF, perity, and soften, and even remove adversity, en- *Are you quite as good as you seem to be ? tertain at home, are no hindrance abroad; do not
• CHLOE.' leave us at night, and keep us company on the road, To which I can only answer : and in the country.
• Dear CHLOE, • Your humble servant, "Are you quite as ignorant as you seem to be ? • STREPHON
• I. B., The following epistle seems to want the quickest despatch, because a lady is every moment offended
No. 141.] SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1709-10. until it is answered, which is best done by letting the offender see in her own letter how teuder she is
Sheer-lane, March 3. of calling him su.
While the attention of the town is drawn aside SIR,
from reading us writers of news, we all save our. This comes from a relation of yours, though selves against it is at more leisure. As for my own unknown to you, who, besides the tie of consan- part, I shall still let the labouring oar be managed guinity, has some value for you on the account of by my correspondents, and fill my paper with their your lucubrations, those being designed to refine sentiments rather than my own, until I find iny our conversation, as well as cultivate our winds. I readers more disengaged than they are at present. humbly beg the favour of you, in one of your Tat- When I came home this evening, I found several lers, after what manner you please, to correct a letters and petitions, which I shall insert with no particular friend of mine, for an indecorum he is other order, than as I accidentally opened them, us guilty of in discourse, of calling his acquaintance, follows: when he speaks to them, Madam : as for example, “Sir,
March 1, 1709-10. my cousin Jenny Distaff, Madam Distaff; which, i • Having a daughter about nine years of age, I am sure you are sensible, is very unpolite, and it is would endeavour she might have education : I mean what makes me often uneasy for him, though I can- such as may be useful, as working well, and a good not tell him of it myself, which makes me guilty of deportment. In order to it, I am persuaded to place this presumption, that I depend upon your goodness her at soine boarding-school, situate in a good air. to excuse; and I do assure you, the gentleman will My wife opposes it, and gives for her greatest reason, mind your reprehension, for he is, as I am, Sir, that she is too much a woman, and understands the • Your most humble servant and cousin, formalities of visiting and a tea-table so very nicely,
* DOROTHY DRUMSTICK.' that none, though much older, can exceed her; and, 'I write this in a thin under-petticoat, and never with all these perfections, the girl can scarce thread did or will wear a fardingal.'
a needle: but, however, after several arguments, I had no sooner read the just complaint of Mrs. we have agreed to be decided by your judgment : Drumstick, but I received an urgent one from and, knowing your abilities, shall manage our another of the fair sex, upon faults of a more perni- daughter exactly as you shall please to direct. I am cious consequence.
serious in my reqnest, and hope you will be so in • MR. BICKERSTAPF,
your answer, which will lay a deep obligation upon, Observing that you are entered into a corres- Sir, your humble servant,
T. T. pondence with Pasquin, who is, I suppose, a Roman Sir, pray answer it in your Tatler, that it may catholie, I beg of you to forbear giving him any be serviceable to the public account of our religion or manners, until you have I am as serious on this subject as my correspondrooted out certain misdemeanours even in our ent can be; and am of opinion that the great hapchurches. Among others, that of bowing, saluting, piness or misfortune of mankind depends upon the taking snuff, and other gestures. Lady Autumn manner of educating and treating that sex. I have made me a very low courtesy the other day from the lately said, I design to turn my thoughts more parnext pew, and, with the most courtly air imaginable, ticularly to them, and their service: I beg called herself miserable sinner. Her niece, soon therefore a little time to give my opinion on so imafter saying, Forgive us our trespasses, courtesied portant a subject, and desire the young lady may with a gloating look at my brother. He returned it, fill tea one week longer, until I have considered opening his snuff-box, and repeating yet a more whether she shall be removed or not. solemn expression. I beg of you, good Mr. Censor,
* Chancery-lanc, Feb. 27, 1709. Dot to tell Pasquin any thing of this kind, and tó MR. BICKERSTAFF, believe this does not come from one of a morose * Your notice in the advertisement in your Tatler temper, mean birth, rigid education, narrow fortune, of Saturday last about Whetters in and about the or Ligotry in opinion, or from one in whom time Royal Exchange, is mightily taken notice of by has worn out all taste of pleasure. I assure you, it gentlemen who use the coffee-houses near the is far otherwise, for I am possessed of all the con- Chancery-office in Chancery-lane. And there being trary advantages; and, I hope, wealth, good hu- a particular certain set of both young and old mour, and good breeding, may be best employed in gentlemen that belong to and near adjoining to the the service of religion and virtue; and desire you Chancery-office, both iu Chancery-lane and Bellwould, as soon as possible, remark upon the above- yard, that are not only Whetters all the morning mentioned indecorums, that we may not long long, but very musically given about twelve at uight THE TATLER. No. 28
the same days, and mightily taken with the union 'TO THE RIGHT WORSHIPPCL ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, of the dulcimer, violin, and song; at which re- ESQUIRE, CENSOR OF GREAT BRITAIN, AND GOcreation they rejoice together with perfect harmony, VERNOR OF THE HOSPITAL ERECTED, OR TO BE however their clients disagree : You are humbly ERECTED, IN MOOR-FIELDS : desired by several gentlemen to give some regula- The petition of the inhabitants of the parish of tion concerning them ; in which you will contribute Gotham in the county of Middleses; to the repose of us, who are your very humble • HUMBLY SHEWETH, servants,
‘LT. N. F. T. W. • That whereas it is the undonbted right of year These Whetters are a people I have considered said petitioners to repair on every Lord's day to a with much pains; and find them to differ from a chapel of ease in the said parish, there to be insect I have hitherto spoken of, called snuff-takers, structed in their duties in the known or Fulgar only in the expedition they take in destroying their tongue; yet so it is, may it please your worship, brains; the Whetter is obliged to refresh himself that the preacher of the said chapel has of late givea every moment with a liquor, as the snuff-taker with himself wholly up to matters of controversy, in nowise a powder. As for their harmony in the evening, I tending to the edification of your said petitioners; have nothing to object; provided they remove to and in handling, as he calls it, the same, has used Wapping, or the Bridge.foot, where it is not to be divers hard and crabbed words ; such as, among supposed that their vociferations will annoy the stu- many others, orthodor and heteredo.r, which are 19 dious, the busy, or the contemplative. I once had no sort understood by your said petitioners; and it lodgings in Gray’s-Inn, where we had two hard is with grief of heart, that your petitioners beg students, who learned to play upon the hautboy ; leave to represent to you, that, mentioning the and I had a couple of chamber-fellows over my head aforesaid words or names, the latter of which, as we not less diligent in the practice of back-sword and have reason to believe, is his deadly enemy, he will single-rapier. I remember these gentlemen were fall into ravings and foamings, il becoming the assigned by the benchers the two houses at the end meekness of his office, and tending to give ofience of the terrace-walk, as the only place fit for their medi- and scandal to all good people. tations. Such students as will let none improve but * Your petitioners further say, that they are ready themselves, ought, indeed, to have their proper dis- to prove the aforesaid allegations; and therefore tances from societies.
humbly hope, that from a true sense of their conThe gentlemen of loud mirth above-mentioned Idition, you will please to receive the said preacher take to be, in the quality of their crime, the same into the hospital, until he shall recover a right use as eaves-droppers ; for they who will be in your of his senses. * And your petitioners, &e.' company whether you will or no, are to as great a degree offenders, as they who hearken to what passes without being of your company at all. The
No. 112.] TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1709-10. ancient punishment for the latter when I first came
Sheer-lane, March 6. to this town, was the blanket, which, I humbly All persons who employ themselves in public, are conceive, may be as justly applied to him that bawls, still interrupted in the course of their affairs; and it as to him that listens. It is therefore provided for seems the admired cavalier Nicolini bimself is conthe future, that, except in the long vacation, no manded by the ladies, who at present employ their retainers to the law, with dulcimer, violin, or any time with great assiduity in the care of the nation, other instrument, in any tavern within a furlong of to put off his day until he shall receive their com an inn of court, shall sing any tune, or pretended mands, and notice that they are at leisure for difertune whatsoever, upon pain of the blanket, to be sions. In the mean time it is not to be expressed, administered according to the discretion of all such how many cold chickens the fair-ones have eatea peaceable people as shall be within the annoyance. since this day sevennight for the good of their And it is further directed, that all clerks who shall country. This great occasion has given birth to offend in this kind, shall forfeit their indentures, many discoveries of high moment for the conduct of and be turned over as assistants to the clerks of pa- life. There is a toast of my acquaintaince who told rishes within the bills of mortality, who are hereby me, she had now found out, that it was day before empowered to demand them accordingly.
nine in the morning;' and I am very confident, if I am not to omit the receipt of the following letter, the affair hold many days longer, the ancient with a night-cap from my Valentine ; which night- hours of eating will be revived among us, many cap, I find, was finished in the year 1588, and is having by it been made acquainted with the luxury too finely wrought to be of any modern stitching of hunger and thirst. Its antiquity will better appear by my Valentine's There appears, methinks, something very reneown words :
rable in all assemblies : and I must confess, I en• Sir,
vied all who had youth and health enough to make Since you are pleased to accept of so mean their appearance there, that they had the happiness a present as a night-cap fronı your Valentine, I have of being a whole day in the best company in the sent you one, which I do assure you has been very world. During the adjournments of that awful much esteemed of in our family; for my great ourt, a neighbour of mine was telling me, that it grandmother's daughter, who worked it, was mais gave him a notion of the ancient grandeur of the of honour to queen Elizabeth, and had the misfor. English hospitality, to see Westminster-Hall a tune to lose her life by pricking her finger in the lining-room. There is a cheerfulness in such repasts, making of it, of which she bled to death, as he which is very delightful to tempers which are so tomb now at Westminster will show. For which
appy as to be clear of spleen and vapour, for, reason, neither myself, nor any of the family, have o the jovial, to see others pleased is the greatest of loved work ever since; otherwise you should have ell pleasures. eue, as you desired, made by the hands of, Sir, But, since age and infirmities forbid my appear.
Your affectionate incc at such public places, the next happiness is to
VALENTINE.' nake the best use of privacy, and acquit myself of