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No. 210.] SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 1710. come weary and impatient of the derision of the
gigglers of our sex; who call me old maid, and tell Sheer-lane, August 10.
me, I shall lead apes. If you are truly a patron of I did myself the honour this day to make a visit tne distressed, and an adept in astrology, you will to a lady of quality, who is one of those that are ever advise whether I shall, or ought to be prevailed upon railing at the vices of the age, but mean only one by the impertinence of my own sex, to give way to vice, because it is the only vice they are not guilty the importunities of yours. I assure you, I am surof. She went so far as to fall foul on a young rounded with both, though at present a forlorn. woman, who has bad imputations ; but whether they
I am, &c.' were just or not, no one knows but herself. How I must defer my answer to this lady out of a point ever that is, she is in her present behaviour modest, of chronology. She says, she has been twentyi bumble, pious, and discreet. I thought it became seven years a niaid; but I fear, according to a com
me to bring this censorious lady to reason, and let mon error, she dates her virginity from her birth, i her see, she was a much more vicious woman than which is a very erroneous method; for a woman of the person she spoke of.
twenty is no more to be thought chaste so many Madam,' said I, you are very severe to this years, than a man of that age can be said to have poor young woman for a trespass which I believe been so long valiant. We must not allow people heaven has forgiven her, and for which, you see, sbe the favour of a virtue, until they have been under is for ever out of countenance.' 'Nay, Mr. Bicker- the temptation to the contrary. 'A woman is not a staff,' she interrupted, if you at this time of day maid until her birth-day, as we call it, of her fifcontradict people of virtue, and stand up for ill teenth year. My plaintiff is therefore desired to inwomen.'— No, no, madam,' said I, ' not so fast; form me, whether she is at present in her twenty
she is reclaimed, and I fear you never will be. Nay, eighth or forty-third year, and she shall be des- nay, madam, do not be in a passion; but let me tell patched accordingly. you what you are. You are indeed as good as your
St. James's Coffee-house, August 11. neighbours; but that is being very bad. You are a woman at the head of a family, and lead a perfect A merchant came hither this morning, and read town-lady's life. You go on your own way, and a letter from a correspondent of his at Milan. It consult nothing but your glass. What imperfec- was dated the 7th instant, N. S. The following is tions indeed you see there, you immediately mend an abstract of it:-On the 25th of the last month, as fast as you can. You may do the same by the five thousand men were on their march in the Lamfaults I tell you of; for they are much more in your pourdan, under the command of general Wesell, power to correct.
baving received orders from his catholic majesty to You are to know, then, that you visiting ladies join him in his camp with all possible expedition. that carry your virtue from house to house with so The duke of Anjeu soon had intelligence of their much prattle in each other's applause, and triumph motion, and took a resolution to decamp, in order over other people's faults, I grant you, have but the to intercept them within a day's march of our army, speculation of vice in your own conversations ; but The king of Spain was apprehensive the enemy promote the practice of it in all others you have to might make such a movement, and commanded gedo with.
neral Stanhope with a body of borse, consisting of .. As for you, madam, your time passes away in tourteen squadrons, to observe their course, and dressing, eating, sleeping, and praying. When you prevent their passage over the rivers Segra and rise in a morning, I grant you an hour spent very Noguera, between Lerida and Baloguer. It bapwell; but you come out to dress in so froward a hu- pened to be the first day that officer had appeared tour, that the poor girl who attends you, curses her abroad after a dangerous and violent fever; but he very being in that she is your servant, for the received the king's commands on this occasion with peevish things you say to her; when this poor a joy which surmounted his present weakness, and ereature is put into a way, that good or evil are re-on the twenty-seventh of last month came up with garded but as they relieve her from the hours she the enemy on the plains of Balaguer. The duke has and must pass with you. The next you have to of Anjou's rear-guard consisting of twenty-six do with is your coachman and footmen. They con- squadrons, that general sent intelligence of their vey your ladyship to church. While you are pray- posture to the king, and desired his majesty's orders ing ihere, they are cursing, swearing, and drinking to attack them. During the time which he waited in an ale-house. During the time also which your for his instructions, he made his disposition for the ladysuip sets apart for heaven, you are to know, charge, which was to divide themselves into three that your cook is sweating and fretting in prepara- bodies ; one to be commanded by himself in the tion for your dinner. Suon after your meal you centre, a body on the right by count Maurice of make visits, and the whole world that belongs to Nassau, and the third on the left by the earl of you speaks all the ill of you wbich you are repeating Rochford. Upon the receipt of bis majesty's diof others. You see, madam, whatever way you go, rection to attack the enemy, the general himself all about you are in a very broad one. The moral charged with the utmost vigour and resolution, ity of these people it is your proper business to en- while the earl of Rochford and count Maurice exquire into ; and until you reform them, you had tended themselves on his right and left, to prevent best let your equals alone; otherwise, if I allow the advantage the enemy might make of the supe. you, you are not vicious, you must allow me you are riority of their numbers. What appears to have not virtuous.'
misled the enemy's general in this affair was, that I took my leave, and received at my coming it was not supposed practicable that the confederates home the following letter :
would attack him till they had received a reinforceMR. BICKERSTAFY,
ment. For this reason, he pursued his march with11 have lived a pure and undefiled virgin these out facing about till we were actually coming on to twenty-seven years; and I assure you, it is with engagement. General Stanhope's disposition made great grief and sorrow of heart I tell you, that I be fit impracticable to do it at that time; count May
rice and the earl of Rochford attacking them in the when he falls into such difficulties, is led by a chee instant in which they were forming themselves. through a labyrinth. As to this world, be does se The charge was made with the greatest gallantry, pretend to skill in the mazes of it; bat ires La and the enemy very soon put into so great disorder, thoughts upon one certainty, that be shall soon be " that their whole cavalry were commanded to sup- out of it. And we may ask very boldly, what casi port their rear-guard. Upon the advance of this be a more sure consolation than to have a hape is reinforcement, all the horse of the king of Spain death? When men are arrived at thinking of the: were come up to sustain General Stanhope, inso- very dissolution with pleasure, how few things there much, that the battle improved to a general engage-are that can be terrible to them? Certainly, ?ment of the cavalry of both armies. After a warm thing can be dreadful to such spirits, but what dispute for some time it ended in the utter defeat of would make death terrible to thein, falsetord t. all the duke of Anjou’s horse. Upon the dispatch wards man, or impiety towards heaven. To sa of these advices, that prince was retiring towards as these, as there are certainly many such, the gra Lerida. We have no account of any considerable tifications of innocent pleasures are doubles, tra i loss on our side, except that both those .heroic with reflections upon their imperfection. The b youths, the earl of Rochford and Count Nassau, appointments which naturally attend the great po fell in this action. They were, you know, both sons mises we make ourselves in expected enjoymen. of persons who had a great place in the confidence strike no damp upon such men, but only quicken the of your late king William; and I doubt not but hopes of soon knowing joys which are too pure their deaths will endear their families, which were admit of allay or satiety. ennobled by him, in your nation. General Stan It is thought, among the politer sort of mankin hope has been reported by the enemy dead of his an imperfection to want a relish of any of the wounds; but he received only a slight contusion on things which refine our lives. This is the found the shoulder.
tion of the acceptance which eloquence, music, zat P.S. We acknowledge you here a mighty brave poetry make in the world, and I know not why people; but you are said to love quarrelling so well, devotion, considered merely as an exaltation of ex: that you cannot be quiet at home. The favourers of happiness, should not at least be so far regarded as the house of Bourbon among us affirm, that this to be considered. It is possible the very 10467 Stanhope, who could, as it were, get out of his sick- would lead men into such thoughts and gratiina hed to fight against their king of Spain, must be of tions as they did not expect to meet with in the the anti-monarchical party.
place. Many a good acquaintance bas been ki
from a general prepossession in his disfavour, and a No. 211.) TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1710. severe aspect has often hid under it a very agreen
ble companion. -Necqueo monstrare, et sentio tantum.
Juv. Sat. vii. 56. to which there are not false pretenders; but there
There are no distinguishing qualities among sa What I can fancy but can ne'er express.
none is more pretended to than that of derutan,
Dryden. there are perhaps fewer successful impostors in this Sunday, August 13.
kind than any other. There is something so If there were no other consequences of it, but tively great and good in a person that is tres de barely that on this day human creatures assemble vout, that an awkward man may as well pretend a themselves before their Creator, without regard to be genteel, as a hypocrite to be pious. The arttheir usual employments, their minds at leisure from straint in words and actions are equally visible a the cares of this life, and their bodies adorned with both cases; and any thing set up in their roce the best attire they can bestow on them; I say, does but remove the endeavourers farther of tra were this mere outward celebration of a sabbath all their pretensions. But, however the sense of the that is expected from men, even that were a lauda- piety is abated, there is no other motive of assa ble distinction, and a purpose worthy the human that can carry us through all the vicissitudes of the nature. But when there is added to it the sublime with alacrity and resolution. But piety, bike pizza pleasure of devotion, our being is exalted above it-sophy, when it is superficial, does but make the self; and he who spends a day in the contemplation appear the worse for it; and a principle that is ta of the next life, will not easily fall into the corrup- half received does but distract, instead of gurias tions of this in the other six. They, who never ad- our behaviour. WŁen I reflect upon the sea mit thoughts of this kind into their imaginations, conduct of Lotius, I see many things that meer lose higher and sweeter satisfactions than can be rectly counter to his interest; therefore 1 cast raised by any other entertainment. The most illite-attribute his labours for the public good to ante rate man who is touched with devotion, and uses tion. When I consider his diregard to his faster frequent exercises of it, contracts a certain great. I cannot esteem him covetous. How thes can ! ness of mind, mingled with a noble simplicity, that reconcile his neglect for himself
, and his real for raises him above those of the same condition; and others ? I have long suspected him to be a "itale there is an indelible mark of goodness in those who pious :' but no man ever hid his rice with greater sincerely possess it. It is hardly possible it should caution than he does his virtue. It was the praise be otherwise ; for the fervours of' a pious mind will of a great Roman, that he had rather be, than naturally contract such an earnestness and attention appear good."
But such is the weakness of Lotes towards a better being, as will make the ordinary that I dare say, he had rather be esteemed itest passages of life go off with a becoming indifference. gious than devout. By I know not what impatience By this a man in the lowest condition will not ap- of raillery, he is wonderfully fearful of beina pear mean, or, in the most splendid fortune, inso- thought too great a believer. A hundred little de lent.
vices are made use of to hide a time of private As to all the intricacies and vicissitudes under devotion; and he will allow you any suspicior which men are ordinarily entangled with the utmost his being ill employed, so you do not tas bin #sa sorrow and passion, one who is devoted to heaven, I being well. But alas! how mean is such a bedor
viour ? To boast of virtue, is a most ridiculous fine, is the same vice in that case, as to be florid, is way of disappointing the merit of it, but not so in writing or speaking. I have studied and writ on pitiful as that of being ashamed of it. How un- this important subject, until I almost despair of happy is the wretch, who makes the most absolute making a reformation in the females of this island; aud independent motive of action the cause of per- where we have more beauty than in any spot in the plexity and inconstancy. How different a figure universe, if we did not disguise it by false garniture, does Cælicolo make with all who know him! His and detraet from it by impertinent improvements. great and superior mind, frequently, exalted by I have by me a treatise concerning pinners, which, the raptures of heavenly meditation, is to all his I have some hopes, will contribute to the amend friends of the same use, as if an angel were to ap- ment of the present head-dresses, to which I have solid pear at the decision of their disputes. They very and unanswerable objections. But most of the well understand, be is as much disinterested and errors in that, and other particulars of adorning the unbiassed as such a being; He considers all appli- head, are crept into the world from the ignorance of cations made to him, as those addresses will affect modern tirewomen ; for it is come to that pass, that his own application to heaven. All his determina- an awkward creature in the first year of her apprentions are delivered with a beautiful humility; and ticeship, that can hardly stick a pin, shall take upon he pronounces his decisions with the air of one who her to dress a woman of the first quality. However, is more frequently a supplicant than a judge. it is certain, that there requires in a good tirewoman
Thus humble, and thus great, is the man who is a perfect skill in optics; for all the force of ornamoved by piety, and exalted by devotion. But be- ment is to contribute to the intention of the eyes. hold this recommended by the masterly hand of a Thus she, who has a mind to look killing, must great divine I have heretofore made bold with.
arm her face accordingly, and not leave her eyes • It is such a pleasure as can never cloy or over- and cheeks undressed. There is Araminta, who is work the mind; a delight that grows and improves so sensible of this, that she never will see even her under thought and reflection; and while it exer- own husband, without a hood on. Can any one cises, does also endear itself to the mind. All plea- living bear to see Miss Gruel, lean as she is, with sures that affect the body must needs weary, because her hair tied back after the modern way? But they transport; and all transportation is a violence; such is the folly of our ladies, that because one who and no violence can be lasting; but determines is a beauty, out of ostentation of her being such, upon the falling of the spirits, which are not able takes care to wear something that she knows to keep up that height of motion that the pleasure cannot be of any consequence to her complexion; I of the senses raises them to. And therefore how say, our women run on so heedlessly in the fashion, inevitably does an immoderate laughter end in a that though it is the interest of some to hide as sigh, which is only nature's recovering itself after a much of their faces as possible, yet because a leadforce done to it: but the religious pleasure of a ing toast appeared with a backward head-dress, the well.disposed mind moves gently, and therefore rest shall follow the mode, without observing that constantly. It does not affect by rapture and the author of the fashion assumed it because it ecstacy, but is like the pleasure of health, greater could become no one but herself. and stronger than those that call up the senses with Flavia is ever well dressed, and always the gengrosser and more affecting impressions. No man's teelest woman you meet : but the inake of her mind body is as strong as his appetites ; but heaven has very much contributes to the ornament of her body. corrected the boundlessness of his voluptuous desires She has the greatest simplicity of manners of any by stinting his strength, and contracting his capaci- of her sex. This makes everything look native ties.- The pleasure of the religious man is an easy about her, and her clothes are so exactly fitted, and a portable pleasure, such a one as he carries that they appear, as it were, part of her person about in his bosom, without alarming either the eye Every one that sees her knows her to be of quality, or the envy of the world. A man putting all his but her distinction is owing to her manner, and not pleasures into this one, is like a traveller putting all to her habit. Her beauty is full of attraction, but his goods into one jewel; the value is the same, and not of allurement. There is such a composure in the convenience greater.'
her looks, and propriety in her dress, that you would think it impossible she could change the
garb, you one day see her in, for any thing so beNo. 212.] THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1710. coming, until you next day see her in another.
From my own Apartment, August 16. There is no other mystery in this, but that however I have had much importunity to answer the fol she is apparelled, she is herself the same; for there
is so immediate a relation between our thoughts lowing letter :
and gestures, that a woman must think well to look • MR. BICKERSTAFF,
well • Reading over a volume of yours, I find the
Bat this weighty subject I must put off for some words simpler munditiis mentioned as a description other matters, in which my correspondents are of a very well-dressed woman. I beg. of you, for urgent for answers; which I shall do where I can, the sake of the sex, to explain these terms. I can. and appeal to the judgment of others where i not comprehend what my brother means when he tells me, they signify my own name, which is,
*MR. BICKERSTAPF, August 15, 1710. "Sir, your humble servant,
"Taking the air the other day on horse-back in 'PLAIN ENGLISH.'
the green lane that leads to Southgate, I discovered I think the lady's brother has given us a very coming towards me a person well mounted in a good idea of that elegant expression; it being the mask; and I accordingly expected, as any one 9,, greatest beauty of speech to be close and intelligible. would, to have been robbed. But when we came
To this end, nothing is to be more carefully con- up with each other, the spark, to my greater sursulted than plainness. In a lady's attire this is the prise, very peaceably gave me the way; which siugie excellence ; for to be, what some people call, I made me take courage enough to ask him, if he
masqueraded, or how? He made me no answer, are not got into the scheines and arts of life which but still continued incognito. This was certainly the children of the world walk by. One would an ass, in a dion's skin ; a harmless bull-beggar, think that, of course, when a man of any conse who delights to fright innocent people, and set thern quence for his figure, his mien, or his gravity, a galloping. I bethought myself of putting as good passes by a youth, he should certainly have the first a jest upon him, and had turned my horse, with a advances of salutation; but he is, you may observe, design to pursue him to London, and get him ap- treated in a quite different manner; it being the prehended, on suspicion of being a highwayman : very characteristic of an English temper to detz. but when I reflected, that it was the proper office of As I am an Englishman, I find it a very hard na. the magistrate to punish only knaves, and that we ter to bring myself to pull off the hat first; but it is had a Censor of Great Britain for people of another the only way to be upon any good terms with those denomination, I immediately determined to prose- we meet with. Therefore the first advance is of cute him in your court only. This unjustifiable high moment. Men judge of others by themselves; frolic I take to be neither wit nor humour, there and he that will command with us must condescend fore hope you will do me, and as many others as It moves one's spleen very agreeably, to see fellows were that day frighted, justice.
pretend to be dissemblers without this lesson. They I am, sir,
are so reservedly complaisant, until they have Your friend and servant. * J. L. learned to resign their natural passions, that all the • SIR,
steps they make towards gaining those whom they • The gentleman bege your pardon, and frighted would be well with, are but so many marks of wai you out of fear of frighting you; for he is just they really are, and not of what they would appear. come out of the small-pox.'
The rough Britons, when they pretend to be art"MR. BICKERSTAFF,
fül towards one another, are ridiculous enough ; • Your distinction concerning the time of com dissemble their good with an affectation of ill, they
but when they set up for vices they have noi, and mencing virgins is allowed to be just.. I write you are insupportable. I know two men in this town my thanks for
it, in the twenty-eighth year of my whio make as good figures as any in it, that manage life, and twelfth of my virginity. But I am to ask you another question: may a woman be said to live their credit so well as to be thought atheists, and any more years a maid, than she continues to be yet say their prayers morning and evening. Tom courted ?
'I am, &c.'
Springly, the other day, pretended to go to an as
signment with a married woman at Rosamonds'-pond, Sir, · August 15, 1710.
and was seen soon after reading the responses with • I observe that the Postman of Saturday last, great gravity at six o'clock prayers. giving an account of the action in Spain, has this i elegant turn of expression ; general Stanhope, wh.
Sheer-lane, August 17. in the whole action expressed as much bravery as Though the following epistle bears a just accusa conduct, received a contusion in his right shoulder. tion of myself, yet in regard it is a more advasI should be glad to know, whether this cautious tageous piece of justice to another, I insert it at politician means to commend or to rally him, by large. saying, 'He expressed as much bravery as con
Garraway's Coffee-bouse, duct? If you can explain this dubious phrase, it MR. BICKERSTAFF, will inform the public, and oblige, sir,
*I have lately read your paper wherein you to • Your humble servant, &ca
present a conversation between a young lady, your
three nephews, and yourself; and am not a little No. 213.) SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 1710. offended at the figure you give your young mer
chant in the presence of a beauty. The topic of Sheer-lane, August 18.
love is a subject on which a man is more beholden There has of late crept in among the downright to nature for his eloquence, than to the instruction English a mighty spirit of dissimulation. But, be- of the schools, or my lady's woman. From the two fore we discourse of this vice, it will be necessary to latter your scholar and page must bave reaped all observe, that the learned make a difference between their advantage above him. I know by this time simulation and dissimulation. Simulation is a pre- you have pronounced me a trader. I acknowledge tenee of what is not, and dissimulation is a conceal. it; but cannot bear the exclusion from any prement of what is. The latter is our present affair. tence of speaking agreeably to a fine woman, er When you look round you in public places in this from any degree of generosity that way, You bare istand, you see the generality of mankind carry in among us citizens many well-wishers; but it is for their countenance an air of challenge or defiance'; the justice of your representations, which we, perand there is no such man to be found among us, haps, are better judges of than you (by the account who naturally strives to do greater honours and you give of your nephew) seem to allow. gyilities than he receives. This innate sullenness * To give you an opportunity of making us some or stubborntress of complexion is hardly to be con- reparation, I desire you would tell, your own way. quered by any of our islanders. For which reason, the following instance of heroic love in the city, however they may pretend to chouse one another, You are to remember, that somewhere in your they make but very awkward rogues; and their dis- writings, for enlarging the territories of virtue and like to each other is seldom so well dissembled, but honour, you have multiplied the opportunities wit it is suspected. Wheu once it is so, it had as good attaining to heroic virtue; and have hinted, that in be professed, A man who dissembles well must whatever state of life a man is, if he does things have none of what we call stomach, otherwise he above what is ordinarily performed by men oi Eis will be cold in his professions of good-will where he rank, he is in those instances a hero. hates; an imperfection of the last ill consequence • Tom Trueman, a young gentleman of eighteen in busmess. This ferceness in our natures is ap- years of age, fell passionately in love with the beauparent from the conduct of our young fellows, who lieous Almira, daughter to his master. Her regard
for him was no 'less tender. Trueman was better of a full career, to the great surprise and derision of acquainted with his master's affairs than his daugh-their bebolders. ter; and secrefly lamented that each day brought When a man foresees a decaying misistry, be bím, by many miscarriages, nearer bankruptcy than has leisure to grow a malcontent, reflect upon the the former. "This unhappy posture of their affairs present conduct, and, by gradual murmurs, fall off the youth suspected, was owing to the ill manage from his friends into a new party, by just steps and ment of a factor in whom his master had an entire measures. For want of such notices, I have forconfidence. Trueman took a proper oceasion, when merly known a very well-bred person refuse to rehis master was ruminating on his decaying fortune, turn a bow of a man whom he thought in disgrace, to address him for leave to spend the remainder of that was next day made secretary of state; and his time with his foreign correspondent. During another, who, after a long neglect of a minister, three years' stay in that employment, he became came to his levee, and made professions of zeal for acquainted with all that concerned his master, and his service the very day before he was turned out. by his great address in the management of that This produces also unavoidable confusions and knowledge, saved him ten thousand pounds. Soon mistakes in the descriptions of great men's parts after this accident, Trueman's uncle left him a con- and merits.' That ancient Lyric M. D'Urfey, some siwerable estate. Upon receiving that advice, he years ago writ a dedication to a certain lord, in returned to England, and demanded Almira of her which he celebrated him for the greatest poet and father. The father, overjoyed at the match, offered critic of that age, upon a misinformation in Dyer's him the ten thousand pounds he had saved him, Letter, that his noble patron was made lord chamwith the further proposal of resigning to him all his berlain. In short, innumerable votes, speeches, and business. Truemau refused both; and retired into sermons, have been thrown away, and turned to no the country with his bride, contented with his own account, merely for want of due and timely intellifortune, thongh perfectly skilled in all the methods gence. Nay, it has been known, that a panegyric of improving it.
has been half printed off, when the poet, upon the . It is to be noted, tha: Trueman refused twenty removal of the minister, has been forced to alter it housand pounds with another young lady; so that into a satire.
eckoning both his self-denials, he is to have in For the conduct therefore of such useful persons, Four court the merit of having given thirty thousand as are ready to do their country service upon all pounds for the woman he loved. This gentleman I occasions, I have an engine in my study, which is a claim your justice to; and hope you will be con- sort of political barometer, or, to speak more intelvinced that some of us have larger views than only ligibly, a state weather-glass, that by the rising and Cash Debtor, per contra Creditor,
falling of a certain magical liquor, presages all * Yours, RICHARD TRAFFICK.' changes and revolutions in government, as the com• Mr. Thomas Trueman of Lime-street is entered mon glass does those of the weather. This weatheramong the heroes of domestic life,
glass is said to have been invented by Cardan, and CHARLES LILLIE.' given by him as a present to his great countryman
and contemporary, Machiaval; which, by the way, No. 214.] TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1710.
may serve to rectify a received error in chronology,
that places one of these some years after the other. -Soles et aperta' serena
How ur when it came into my hands, I shall Prospiceri et certis poteris cognoscere signis. desire to be excused, if I keep to myself; but so it
Virg. Georg. I. 393 | is, that I have walked by it for the better part of a -"Tis easy to descry
century to my safety at least, if not to my advan. Returning suns, and a serener sky. Dryden. tage ; and have among my papers a register of all
the changes that have happened in it from the From my own Apartment, August 21. middle of queen Elizabeth's reign. In every party there are two sorts of men, the In the time of that princess it stood long at setrigid and the supple. The rigid are an intractable tled fair. At the latter end of king James the First, race of mortals, who act upon principle, and will it fell to cloudy. It held several years after at nnt, forsooth, fall into any measures that are not stormy : insomuch, that at last, despairing of seeing consistent with their received notions of honour. any clear weather at home, I followed the royal These are persons of a stubborn unpliant morality; exile, and some time after, finding my glass rise, that sullenly adhere to their friends when they are returned to my native country, with the rest of the disgraced, and to their principles, though they are loyalists. I was then in hopes to pass the remainder exploded. I shall therefore give up this stiff-necked of my days in settled fair : but, alas ! during the generation to their own obstinacy, and turn my greatest part of that reign, the English nation lay thoughts to the advantage of the supple, who pay in a dead calm, which, as it is usual, was followed their homage to places, and not persons; and, by high winds and tempests, until of late years; in without enslaving themselves to any particular which, with unspeakable joy and satisfaction, I, scheme of opinions, are as ready to change their have seen our political weather returned to settled conduct in point of sentiment as of fashion. The fair. I must only observe, that for all this last well-disciplined part of a court are generally so per- summer my glass has pointed at changeable. Upon fect at their exercise, that you may see a whole as the whole, I often apply to Fortune, Æncas's speech sembly, from front to rear, face about at once to a to the Sibyl :new man of power, though at the same time, they
Non ulla laborum turn their backs upon him that brought them thither. The great hardship these complaisant
O virgo, novo mi facies mopínave surgit: members of society are under, seems to be the want
Omnia præcepi, atque animo mecum ante peregi.
Virg. Æn. vi. 103 of warning upon any approaching change or revolu. tion; so that they are obliged in a hurry to tack
No terror to my view, about with every wind, and stop short in the midst No frightful face of danger can be nek: