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ries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy Paths of his own; but in the Poffeffion of a Man of Business, it is as a Torch in the Hand of one who is willing and able to thew those who are bewildered the way which leads to their Prosperity and Welfare. A generous Concern for Your Country, and a Passion for every thing which is truly

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SPECTATOR,

VOL. II.

N°81. Saturday, June 2. 1711.

Qualis ubi audito venantum murmure Tigris
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Statius.

BOUT the Middle of last Winter I went to see an Opera at the Theatre in the HeyMarket, where I could not but take Notice of two Parties of very fine Women, that had placed themselves in the opposite Side

Boxes, and seemed drawn up in a Kind of Battle-Ar ray one against another. After a short Survey of them, I found they were Patched differently; the Faces, on one Hand, being spotted on the right side of the Forehead, and those upon the other on the Left; I quickly perceived that they cast hostile Glances upon one another; and that their Patches were placed in those different Situations, as Party-Signals to distinguim Friends from Foes. In the Middle-Boxes, between these two opposite Bodies, were several Ladies who Patched indifferently on both Sides of their Faces, and seemed to fit there with ro ocher Intention but to see the Opera. Upon Enquiry I found, that the Body of Amazons on my right Hand were Whigs, and VOL. N.

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