welfare of his son, and the safety of his fortune. at the writing the name, there was a certain stroke After many agitations of mind, he reflected, that in one letter, which the father and he agreed should necessity was the usual snare which made men fall be to such directions as he desired might be more into meanness, and that a liberal fortune generally immediately honoured, he forthwith pass the money, made a liberal and honest mind; he resolved, there- The possession of four thousand pounds gare my fore, to save him from his ruin, by giving him young gentleman a new train of thoughts : he began opportunities of tasting what it is to be at ease, and to reflect upon his birth, the great expectations he inclosed to him the following order upon Sir Tristram was born to, and the unsuitable ways he had long Cash.

pursued. Instead of that unthinking creature be 'SIR,

was before, he is now provident, generous, and discreet.

The father and son have an exact and regular cor• Pray pay to Mr Thomas Wildair, or order

, the respondence, with mutual and unreserved confidence sum of one thousand pounds, and place it to the in each other. The son looks upon his father as the account of

best tenant he could have in the country, and the *Yours,

father finds the son the most safe banker he could • HUMPHRY WILDAIR.'

have in the city. Tom was so astonished with the receipt of this order, that though he knew it to be his father's hand,

Will's Coffee-house, August 26. and that he had always large sums at Sir Tristram's; yet a thousand pounds was a trust of which his

There is not any thing in nature so extraragant, conduct had always made him appear so little capable, but that you will find one man or other that shal that he kept his note by him, until he writ to his practise or maintain it; otherwise Harry Spondee father the following letter :

could not hare made so long an harangue as he did

here this evening, concerning the force and efficacy of • HONOURED FATHER,

well-applied nonsense. Among ladies, he positively I have received an order under your hand for a

averred, it was the most prevailing part of eloquence; thousand pounds, in words at length; and I think i and had so little complaisance as to say, 'a roman could swear it is your own hand. I have looked it is never taken by her reason, but always by her over and over twenty thousand times. There is in passion.' He proceeded to assert, the way to mode plain letters, 1,2,0, u,s,a,n,d; and after it the letters that, was only to astonish her. i know,' continued P,0,0,n,d,s. I have it still by me, and shall, I believe, he, a very late instance of this ; for being by continue reading it until I hear from you.'

accident in the room next to Strephon, I could not The old gentleman took no manner of notice of the help over-hearing him, as he made love to a certain receipt of his letter; but sent him another order for great lady's woman. The true method in your three thousand pounds more. His amazement on application to one of this second rank of understanding, this second letter was unspeakable. He immediately is not to elevate and surprise, but rather to elerate double-locked his door, and sat down carefully to

and amaze. Strephon is a perfect master in this reading and comparing both his orders. After he kind of persuasion : his way is, to run orer with a had read them until he was half mad, he walked six soft air a multitude of words, without meaning or or seven turns in his chamber, then opens his door, connexion ; but such as do each of them apart gire a then locks it again; and, to examine thoroughly this pleasing idea, though they have nothing to do with matter, he locks his door again, puts his table and each other as he assembles them. After the comince ehairs against it ; then goes into his closet, and phrases of salutation, and making his entry into the locking himself in, reads his notes over again about room, I perceived he had taken the fair nymph's hand, nineteen times, which did but increase his astonish- and kissing it said, “Witness to my happiness, ye ment. Soon after, he began to recollect many stories groves! be still, ye rivulets; Oh! woods, cases, founhe had formerly heard of persons, who had been tains, trees, dales, mountains, hills, and streams! oh! possessed with imaginations and appearances which / fairest ! could you love me?" To which I orerbeard had no foundation in nature, but had been taken her auswer, with a rery pretty lisp, “Oh! Strephon, with sudden madness in the midst of a seeming clear you are a dangerous creature : why do you talk these and untainted reason. This made him very gravely tender things to me! but you men of wit-" " is a conclude he was out of his wits; and, with a design then possible," said the enamoured Strephon, " that to compose himself, he immediately betakes him to she regards my sorrows! Oh! pity, thou balmy eure his night-cap, with a resolution to sleep himself into

to a heart overloaded ! If rapture, solicitation, soft kis former poverty and senses. To bed therefore he desire, and pleasing anxietyBut still I live in the goes at noon-day ; but soon rose again, and resolved

most afflicting of all circumstances, doubt-Canna: to visit Sir Tristram upon this occasion. He did so, my charmer name the place and moment? and dined with the knight, expecting he would mention " There all those joys insatiably to prore, some advice from his father about paying him money ; With which rich beauty feeds the glutton lore." but no such thing being said, . Look you, Sir Tristram,' said he, you are to know, that an affair "Forgive me, madam; it is not that my heart is has happened, which Look you,' says Tristram, weary-its chain, but—" This incoherent staf ras

I know Mr. Wildair, you are going to desire me to answered by a tender sigh, “ Why do you put your advance ; but the late call of the bank, where I have wit to a weak woman ?" Strephon saw he had made not yet made my last payment, has obliged me some progress in her heart, and pursued it, by saring Tom interrupted him, by showing him the bill of a that “ He would certainly wait upon her at such an thousand pounds. When he had looked at it for a con- hour near Rosamond's pond; and then the syłrán venient time, and as often surveyed Tom's looks and deities, and rural powers of the place, sacred and incountenance; Look you, Mr. Wildair, a thousand violable to love ; lore, the mover of all noble hearts, pounds — Before he could proceed, he shows should hear his vows repeated by the streams and him the order for three thousand more. Sir echoes." The assignation was accordingly made. This Tristram examined the orders at the light, and finding style he calls the unintelligible method of speaking his

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mind; and I will engage, had this gallant spoken other a soldier of the same complexion. My learned plain English, she had never understood him half so man would fall into disputes, and argue without any readily: for we may take it for granted, that he will manner of provocation or contradiction: the other was be esteemed as a very cold lover, who discovers to decisive without words, and would give a shrug or an his mistress that he is in his senses.'

oath to express his opinion. My learned man was a

mere scholar, and my man of war as mere a soldier. From my own Apartment, August 26.

The particularity of the first was ridiculous, that of The following letter came to my hand, with a the second terrible. They were relations by blood, equest to have the subject recommended to our which in some measure moderated their extravaganreaders, particularly the Smart Fellows; who are cies towards each other : I gave myself up merely as desired to repair to Major Touch-hole, who can help a person of no note in the company; but as if them to firelocks that are only fit for exercise. brought to be convinced that I was an inconsiderable Just ready for the press,

thing, any otherwise than that they would show each

other to me, and make me spectator of the triumph Mars Triumphant; or London's Glory:

they alternately enjoyed. The scholar has been very Being the whole art of encampment, with the method conversant with books, and the other with men only ; of embattling armies, marching them off, posting the which makes them both superficial: for the taste of officers, forming hollow squares, and the various ways books is necessary to our behaviour in the best comof paying the salute with the half-pike; as it was pany, and the knowledge of men is required for a performed by the trained-bands of London this year, true relish of books : but they have both Fire, which one thousand seven hundred and nine, in that nursery makes one pass for a man of sense, and the other of Bellona, the Artillery Ground. Wherein you have for a fine gentleman. I found I could easily enough a new method how to form a strong line of foot, with pass my time with the scholar : for, if I seemed not large intervals between each platoon, very useful to to do justice to his parts and sentiments, he pitied prevent the breaking in of horse. A civil way of me, and let me alone. But the warrior could not performing the military ceremony; wherein the let it rest there; I must know all that happened major alights from his horse, and, at the head of his within his shallow observations of the nature of the company, salutes the lieuteuant-colonel ; and the war : to all which he added an air of laziness, and lieutenant-colonel, to return the compliment, courte contempt of those of his companions who were emiously dismounts, and after the same manner salutes nent for delighting in the exercise and knowledge of his major: exactly as it was performed, with abun- their duty. Thus it is that all the young fellows of dance of applause, on the 5th of July last. Likewise much animal life, and little understanding, who an account of a new invention, made use of in the red repair to our armies, usurp upon the conversation of regiment, to quell mutineering captains ; with several reasonable men, under the notion of having Fire. other things alike useful for the public. To which is The word has not been of greater use to shallow added, an appendix by Major Touch-hole; proving lovers, to supply them with chat to their mistresses, the method of discipline now used in our armies to than it has been to pretended men of pleasure, to be rery defective: with an essay towards an amend support them in being pert and dull, and saying of ment. Dedicated to the lieutenant-colonel of the every fool of their order, Such a one has Fire. There first regiment.'

is Colonel Truncheon, who marches with divisions Mı. Bickerstaff has now in the press, 'A defence ready on all occasions; a hero who never doubted in of Awkward Fellows against the class of the Smarts: his life, but is ever positively fixed in the wrong, not with a dissertation upon the gravity which becomes out of obstinate opinion, but invincible stupidity. weighty persons. Illustrated by way of fable, and a It is very unhappy for this latitude of London, that discourse on the nature of the elephant, the cow, the it is possible for such as can learn only fashion, habit, dray-horse, and the dromedary, which have motions and a set of common phrases of salutation, to pass equally steady and grave. To this is added a treatise with no other accomplishments, in this nation of written by an elephant, according to Pliny, against freedom, for men of conversation and sense. ANI receiving foreigners into the forest. Adapted to some these ought to pretend to is, not to offend ; but they present circumstances. Together with allusions to

carry it so far, as to be negligent whether they such beasts as declare against the poor Palatines.' offend or not; • for they have Fire.' But their force

differs from true spirit, as much as a vicious from a

mettlesome horse. A man of Fire is a general enemy No. 61.) TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1709.

to all the waiters where you drink; is the only man White's Chocolate-house, August 29.

affronted at the company's being neglected; and

makes the drawers abroad, his valet de chambre and AMONG many phrases which have crept into con- footman at home, know he is not to be provoked versation, especially of such company as frequent without danger. this place there is not one which misleads me more, This is not the fire that animates the noble Mathan that of a • Fellow of a great deal of fire.' This

rinus, a youth of good nature, affability, and moderametaphorical term, Fire, has done much good in tion. He commands his ship as an intelligence moves keeping coxcombs in awe of one another ; but, at the in its orb : he is the vital life, and his officers the limbs same time, it has made them troublesome to every of the machine. His vivacity is seen in doing all the body else.

You see in the very air of a • Fellow of oslices of life with readiness of spirit, and propriety Fire,' something so expressive of what he would be in the manner of doing them. To be ever active in at, that if it were not for self-preservation a man laudable pursuits, is the distinguishing character of would laugh out.

a man of merit; while the common behaviour of I had last night the fate to drink a bottle with two

every gay coxcomb of Fire is, to be confidently in the of these Firemen, who are indeed dispersed, like the wrong, and dare to persist in it. myrmidons, in all quarters, and to be met with

Will's Coffee-house, August 29. among those of the most different education. One of my companions was a scholar with Fire; and the

It is a common objection against writings of a THE TATLER, No. 14,


as a man.

satirical mixture, that they hurt men in their reputa- from it; for it is very just that she who values her. tions, and consequently in their fortunes and posses-self only on her beauty, should be regarded by others sions : but a gentleman who frequents this room on no other consideration, declared he was of opinion it ought to be so, pro- There is certainly a liberal and a pedantic educavided such performances had their proper restric- tion among women, as well as men; and the merit tions. The greatest evils in human society are such lasts accordingly. She, therefore, that is bred with as no law can come at; as in the case of ingratitude, freedom, and in good company, considers unen acwhere the manner of obliging very often leaves the cording to their respective characters and distinctions; benefactor without means of demanding justice, while she that is locked up from such observations, though that very circumstance should be the more will consider her father's butler, not as a butler, but binding to the person who has received the benefit.

In like manner, when men converse with On such an occasion, shall it be possible for the women, the well-bred and intelligent are looked upon malefactor to escape? and is it not lawful to set with an observation suitable to their different ts. marks upon persons who live within the law, and do lents and accomplishments, without respect to their base things ? shall not we use the same protection sex; while a mere woman can be observed under no of those laws to punish them, which they have to consideration but that of a woman; and there can be defend themselves? We shall therefore take it for but one reason for placing any value upon her, er a very moral action to find a good appellation for losing time in her company. Wherefore, I am ef offenders, and to turn them into ridicule under opinion, that the rule for pleasing long is, to obtain feigned names.

such qualifications as would make them so were they I am advertised by a letter of August 25, that the not women. name of Coppersmith has very much wanted expla- Let the beauteons Cleomira then show us her real mation in the city, and by that means is unjustly face, and know that every stage of life has its peculiar given, by those who are conscious that they deserve charms, and that there is no necessity for fifty to be it themselves, to an honest and worthy citizen be- fifteen. That childish colouring of her cheeks is now longing to the Copper-office; but that word is framed as ungraceful, as that shape would have been when out of a moral consideration of wealth amongst men her face wore its real countenance. She has sense, whereby he that has gotten any part of it by injus- and ought to know, that if she will not follow nature, tice and extortion, is to be thought in the eye of nature will follow her. Time, then, has made that virtuous men so much the poorer for such gain. person which had, when I visited her grandfather, an Thus, all the gold which is torn from our neighbours, agreeable bloom, sprightly air, and soft utterance, by making advantage of their wants, is Copper; and now no less graceful in a lovely aspect, an asful l'authorise the Lombards to distinguish themselves manner, and maternal wisdom. But her heart was accordingly. All the honest, who make a reasonable so set upon her first character, that she neglects and profit both for the advantage of themselves and those repines at her present; not that she is against a they deal with, are Goldsmiths ; but those who tear more stayed conduct in others, for she recommends unjustly all they can, Coppersmiths. At the same gravity, circumspection, and sererity of countenance time, I desire him who is most guilty, to sit down to her daughter. Thus, against all chronology, the satisfied with riches and contempt, and be known by girl is the sage, the mother the fine lady. the title of The Coppersmith;' as being the chief of But these great evils proceed from an unaccountthat respected, contemptible fraternity.

able wild method in the education of the better ball This is the case of all others mentioned in our of the world, the women. We have no such thing as lucubrations ; particularly of Stentor, who goes on in a standard for good breeding. I was the other day his vociferations at St. Paul's with so much obstinacy, / at my Lady Wealthy's, and asked one of her that he has received admonition from St. Peter's for daughters how she did ? She answered, "She neser it, from a person of eminent wit and piety : but who conversed with men.' The same day I visited at is by old age reduced to the infirmity of sleeping at a Lady Plantwell's and asked her daughter the same service to which he had been fifty years attentive ; question. She answers, What is that to you, you and whose death, whenever it happens, may, with old thief ? and gives me a slap on the shoulders. that of the saints, well be called Falling asleep :' I defy any man in England, except he knows the for the innocence of his life makes him expect it as family before he enters, to be able to judge whether indifferently as he does his ordinary rest. This he shall be agreeable or not when he comes into it. gives him a cheerfulness of spirit to rally on his own You find either some odd old woman, who is permitweakness, and hath made him write to Stentor to ted to rule as long as she lives, in hopes of her death, hearken to my admonitions. “Brother Stentor,' said and to interrupt all things : or some impertinent he, for the repose of the church, hearken to Bicker- young woman who will talk sillily upon the strength staff: and consider, that, while you are so devout at of looking beautifully. I will not answer for it, but St. Paul's, we cannot sleep for you at St. Peter's. it may be, that I like all other old fellows) have a

fondness for the fashions and manners which pre From my own Apartment, August 29.

vailed when I was young and in fashion myself. But There has been lately sent me a much harder certain it is, that the taste of grace and beanty is question than was ever yet put to me, since I pro- very much lowered. The fine women they show me fessed astrology; to wit, how far, and to what age now-a-days are at best but pretty girls to me who women ought to make their beauty their chief con- have seen Sacharissa, when all the world repeated cern? The regard and care of their faces and persons the poems she inspired; and Villaria, when a youthare as variously to be considered, as their complexions sul king was her subject. The Things you follow, themselves differ; but if one may transgress against and make songs on now, should be sent to knit or sit the careful practice of the fair sex so much as to give down to bobbins or bone-lace: they are indeed nest, an opinion against it, I humbly presume, that less and so are the sempstresses ; they are pretty, and so care, better applied, would increase their empire, and are their hand-maids. But that graceful motion, make it last as long as life. Whereas now, from that awful mien, and that winning attraction, which their own example, we take our esteem of their merit grew upon them from the thoughts and conversations

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they met with in my time, are now no more seen. drum. Their residence is very convenient for the They tell me I am old: I am glad I am so; for I do dogs to whelp in, and bring up a right breed to follow not like your present young ladies.

the scent.

The most eminent of the kennel are Those among us who set up for any thing of de- blood-hounds, which lead the van, and are as follow: corum, do so mistake the matier, that they offend on the other side, Five young ladies, who are of no small fame for their great severity of manners, and Jowler, of a right Irish breed, called Captain. exemplary behaviour, would lately go no where with Rockwood, of French rące, with long hair, by the their lovers but to an organ-loft in a church ; where courtesy of England, called also Captain. they had a cold treat, and some few opera songs, to Pompey, a tall hound, kennelled in a convent in their great refreshment and edification. Whether France, and knows a rich soil. these prudent persons had not been as much so if These two last hunt in couple, and are followed by this had been done at a tavern, is not very hard to Ringwood, a French black whelp of the same determine. It is such silly starts and incoherences breed, a fine open-mouthed dog; and an old siek as these, which undervalue the beauteous sex, and hound, always in kennel, but of the true blood, with puzzle us in our choice of sweetness of temper and a good nose, French breed. simplicity of manners, which are the only lasting There is also an Italian greyhound, with good legs, charms of woman. But I must leave this important and knows perfectly the ground from Ghent to Paris, subject, at present, for some matters which press for Ten setting-dogs, right English. publication; as you will observe in the following Pour mongrels of the same nation. letter:

And twenty whelps, fit for any game. • London, August 26, Artillery Ground.

These curs are so extremely hungry, that they are

too keen at the sport, and worry their game before · DEAR SIR,

the keepers can come in. The other day a wild boar • It is natural for distant relations to claim kindred from the north rushed into the kennel, and at first, with a rising family; though at this time zeal to my indeed, defonded himself against the whole pack; country, not interest, calls me out. The city forces but they proved at last too many for him, and tore being shortly to take the field, all good protestants twenty-five pounds of flesh from off his back, with would be pleased that their arms and valour should which they filled their bellies, and made so great a shine with equal lustre. A council of war was lately noise in the neighbourhood, that the keepers are held, the Honourable Colonel Mortar being president. obliged to hasten the sale. That quarter of the town After many debates, it was unanimously resolved, where they are kennelled is generally inhabited by That Major Blunder, a most expert ollicer, should be strangers, whose blood the hounds have often sucked detached for Birmingham, to buy arms, and to prove in such a manner, that many a German count, and his firelocks on the spot, as well to prevent ex- other virtuosi, who came from the continent, have pense, as disappointment in the day of battle. The lost the intention of their travels, and been unable to major, being a person of consummate experience, proceed on their journey. was invested with a discretionary power. He knew If these hounds are not very soon disposed of to from ancient story, that securing the rear, and some good purchaser, as also those at the kennels making a glorious retreat, was the most celebrated near Saint James's, it is humbly proposed, that they piece of conduct. Accordingly such measures were may be altogether transported to America, where the taken to prevent surprise in the rear of his arms, dogs are few, and the wild beasts many; or that, that even Pallas herself, in the shape of rust, could during their stay in these parts, some eminent justice not invade them. They were drawn into close order, of the peace may have it in particular direction to firmly embodied, and arrived securely without touch- visit their harbours ; and that the sheriff of Middleholes. Great and national actions deserve popular sex may allow him the assistance of the common applause; and as praise is no expense to the public, hangman to cut off their ears, or part of them for therefore dearest kinsman, I communicate this to distinction-sake, that we may know the blood-hounds you, as well to oblige this nursery of heroes, as to do from the mongrels and setters. Until these things justice to my native country.

are regulated, you may enquire at a house belonging

to Paris, at the upper end of Suffolk-street, or a ! Your most affectionate kinsman,

house belonging to Ghent, opposite to the lower end • OFFSPRING TWIG,' of Pall Mall, and know further. • A war-horse, belonging to one of the colonels of of; for it is a very great nuisance to have them

It were to be wished that these curs were disposed the artillery, to be let or sold. He may be seen

tolerated in cities. That of London takes care, that adorned with ribbands, and set forth to the best the Common Hunt,' assisted by the serjcants and advantage, the next training day.'

bailiffs, expel them whenever they are found within the walls; though it is said, some private families

keep them, to the destruction of their neighbours : No. 62.) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1709. but it is desired, that all who know of any of these

curs, or have been bit by them, would send me their White's Chocolate-house, August 31,

marks, and the houses where they are harboured ; This place being frequented by persons of con- and I do not doubt but I shall alarm the people so dition, I am desired to recommend a dog-kennel to well, as to have them used like mad dogs wherever any who shall want a pack. It lies not far from they appear. In the mean time, I advise all such as Suffolk-street, and is kept by two who were formerly entertain this kind of vermin, that if they give me dragoons in the French service ; but Jest plundering timely notice that their dogs are dismissed, I shall for the more orderly life of keeping dogs: besides let them go unregarded : otherwise am obliged to that, according to their expectation, they find it more admonish my fellow-subjects in this behalf, and profitable, as well as more conducing to the safety of instruct them how to avoid being worried, when they their skin, to follow this trade, than the beat of 1 are going about their lawful professions and callings.

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There was lately a young gentleman bit to the bone; From my own Apartment, August 31.
who has now indeed recovered his health, but is as
lean as a skeleton. It grieved my heart to see a

I have been just now reading the introduction to gentleman's son run among the hounds ; but he is, the history of Catiline by Sallust, an author who is they tell me, as fleet avd as dangerous as the best of very much in my favour: but when I reflect upon the pack.

his professing himself wholly disinterested, and, at

the same time, see how industriously he has avoided Will's Coffee-house, August 31.

saying any thing to the praise of Cicero, to whose

vigilance the commonwealth oved its Safety, it very This evening was spent at our table in discourse of much lessens my esteem for that writer; and is one propriety of words and thoughts, which is Mr. argument among others, for laughing at all who Dryden's definition of wit; but a very odd fellow, pretend to be out of the interests of the world, and who would intrude upon us, and has a briskness of profess purely to act for the service of mankind, imagination more like madness than regular thoughts, without the least regard to themselves. I do not said, that • Harry Jacks was the first who told him deny but that the rewards are different ; some aim at of the taking of the citadel of Tournay; and,' says riches, others at honour, by their public services. he, 'Harry deserves a statue more than the boy who However, they are all pursuing some end to themran to the senate with a thorn in his foot, to tell of a

selves, though indeed those ends differ as much as victory.' We were astonished at the assertion; and right and wrong. The most grateful way, then, I Spondee asked him · What affinity is there between should think, would be to acknowledge, that you that boy and Harry, that you say their merit has so aim at serving yourselves; but at the same time near a resemblance as you just now told us ? Why,' make it appear it is for the service of others that you says he, ‘Harry, you know, is in the French in. have these opportunities. terest; and it was more pain to him to tell the story heard of, I take the boatswain of Dampier's ship to

of all the disinterested professors I have eter of Tournay, than to the boy to run upon a thorn to relate the victory which he was glad of.' The gen

be the most impudent, but the most excusable. Yoa tleman, who was in the chair upon the subject of

are to know that, in the wild searches that navigator propriety of words and thoughts, would by no means

was making, they happened to be out at sea, far allow, that there was wit in this comparison ; and distant from any shore, in want of all the necessaries urged, that “to have any thing gracefully said, it of life: insomuch that they began to look, not must be natural; but that whatsoever was intro- without hunger, on each other. The boatswain mas duced in common discourse with so much premedi- a fat, healthy, fresh fellow, and attracted the eyes of tation, was insufferable.' That critic went on : Had the whole crew, In such an extreme necessity, all Mr. Jacks,' said he, told him the citadel was taken, forms of superiority were laid aside : the captain and and another had answered, he deserves a statue as

lieutenant were safe only by being carrion, and the well as the Roman boy, for he told it with as much unhappy boatswain in danger only by being worth pain,

' it might have passed for a sprightly expres- eating. To be short, the company were unanimous, sion; but there is a wit for discourse, and a wit for and the boatswain must be cut up. He saw their writing. The easiness and familiarity of the first is intention, and desired he might speak a fer Fords not to savour in the least of study; but the exactness

before they proceeded; which being permitted, be of the other is to admit of something like the freedom delivered himself as follows : of discourse, especially in treatises of humanity, and

GENTLEMEN SAILORS, what regards the Belles Lettres. I do not in this allow, that Bickerstaff's Tattlers, or discourses of • Far be it that ȘI should speak it for any private wit by retail, and for the penny, should come within interest of my own; but I take it that I should not the description of writing. I bowed at his compli- die with a good conscience, if I did not confess to ment, and—But he would not let me proceed. you, that I am not sound. I say, gentlemen, justice

You see in no place of conversation the perfection and the testimony of a good conscience, as well as of speech so much as in an accomplished woman. love of my country, to which I hope you will all Whether it be, that there is a partiality irresistible return, oblige me to own, that Black Kate at Deptwhen we judge of that sex, or whatever it is, you ford has made me very unsafe to eat; and, I speak may observe a wonderful freedom in their utter- it with shame, I am afraid, gentlemen, I should ance, and an easy flow of words, without being poison you.' distracted (as we often are who read much) in the This speech had a good effect in the boatswain's choice of dictions and phrases. My Lady Courtly is favour ; but the surgeon of the ship protested he had an instance of this. She was talking the other day cured him very well, and offered to eat the first steak of dress, and did it with so excellent an air and of him himself. gesture, that you would have sworn she had The boatswain replied, like an orator, with a true learned her action from our Demosthenes. Besides notion of the people, and in hopes to gain time, that which, her words were so particularly well adapted | he was heartily glad if he could be for their service;' to the matter she talked of, that though dress was a and thanked the surgeon for his information. Horrnew thing to us men, she avoided the terms of art in ever,' said he, I must inform you for your own it, and described an unaffected garb and manner, in good, that I have, ever since my cure, been very so proper terms, that she came up to that of Horace's thirsty and dropsical; therefore, I presume, it would

simplex munditiis ;' which two words whoever can be much better to tap me, and drink me off, than eat translate has as much eloquence as Lady Courtly. me at once, and have no man in the ship fit to be I took the liberty to tell her, that all she had said drunk.' As he was going on with his harangue, a with so much good grace, was spoken in two words fresh gale arose, and gave the crew hopes of a better in Horace, but would not undertake to translate repast at the nearest shore, to which they arrived them ;' upon which she smiled, and told me, she next morning. believed me a very great scholar:' and I took my Most of the self-denials we meet with are of this leave.

sort; therefore, I think he acts fairest who owns, be

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