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'I know thee, Isaac, to be so well versed in that be on a sudden became very lamiliarly a the occult sciences, that I need not much pre- man of no consequence; and in an instant laid face, or make long preparations to gain your all her suspicions of bis skill asleep, as he had faith that there are airy beings who are en- almost done mine, until I observed bim very ployed in the care and attendance of men, as dangerously turn his discourse upon the ele. nurses are to infants, until they come to an gance of her dress, aud her judgment in the age in which they can act of themselves. These choice of that very pretty mourning. Having beings are usually called amongst men, guar. had women before under my care, I trembled dian-angels; and, Mr. Bickerstaff, I am to at the apprehension of a man of sense who acquaint you, that I am to be yours for some could talk upon trifles, and resolved to stick time to come; it being our orders to vary our to my post with all the circumspection imastations, and sometimes to have one patient ginable. In short, I prepossessed her against under our protection, and sometimes another, all he could say to the advantage of ber dress with a power of assuming what shape we please, and person ; but he turned again the discourse, to ensnare our wards into their own good. where I found I had no power over ber, on have of late been upon such hard duty, and the abusing her friends and acquaintance. He know you have su much work for me, that I allowed indeed that Flora had a little beauty, think fit to appear to you face to face, tu de- and a great deal of wit; but then she was so sire you will give me as little occasion for vigi- ungainly in ber behaviour, and such a laughing lance as you can.' 'Sir,' said I, it will be hoyden!— Pastorella had with him the allowance a great instruction to me in my behaviour, if of being blameless; but what was that towards you please to give me some account of your being praise-worthy ? To be only innocent, is late employments, and what hardships or satis. not to be virtuous! He afterwards spoke so factions you have had in them, that I may much against Mrs. Dipple's forehead, Mrs. govern myself accordingly.' He answered, Prim's mouth, Mrs. Devtisrice's teeth, and

To give you an example of the drudgery we Mrs. Fidget's cheeks, that she grew downright go through, I will entertain you vnly with my in love with him; for, it is always to be unthree last statiuns: I was on the first of April derstood, that a lady takes all you detract from last put to mortify a great beauty, with whom the rest of her sex to be a gift to her. In a I was a week; from her I went to a common word, things went so far, that I was dismissed, swearer, and have been last with a gamester. and she will remember that evening nine When I first came to my lady, I found my months, from the sixth of April, by a very great work was to guard well ber eyes and remarkable token. The next, as I said, I ears; but her flatterers were so numerous, and went to, was a common swearer: never was a the house, after the modern way, so full of creature so puzzled as myself, when I came looking-glasses, that I seldom had her safe but first to view bis brain : balf of it was worn out, in her sleep. Whenever we went abroad, we and filled up with mere expletives, that had were surrounded by an army of enemies: when nothing to do with any other parts of the texa well-made man appeared, he was sure to have ture; therefore, when be called for his clothes a side glance of observation; if a disagreeable in a morning, he would cry, 'John !'-John fellow, he had a full face, out of mere inclina- does not answer. 'What a plague ! nobody tion to conquests. But at the close of the there? What the devil, and rot me, John, for evening, on the sixth of the last month, my a lazy dog as you are! I knew no way to ward was sitting on a couch, reading Ovid's cure bim, but by writing down all he said one Epistles; and as she came to this line of Helen morning as he was dressing, and laying it be. to Paris,

fore him on the toilet when he came to pick

his teeth. The last recital I gave him of what She hall consents who silently denies ;'*

he said for balf an hour before was, 'What, a

pox rot me! where is the wash-ball ? call the entered Philander, t who is the most skilful of chairmen: damn them, I warrant they are at all men in an address to wonien. He is arrived the alehouse already! zounds, and confound at the perfection of that art which gains them, them!' When he came to the glass, he takes which is, 'to talk like a very miserable man, up my note—'Ha! this fellow is worse than but look like a happy one.' I saw Dictinna blush 1 :—what, does he swear with pen and ink! at his entrance, which gave me the alarm; But, reading on, he found them to be his own but he immediately said something so agree words. The stratagem had so good an effect ably on her being at study, and the novelty of upon him, that he grew immediately a new finding a lady employed in so grave a manner, man, and is learning to speak without an

oath, which makes bim extremely short in his • This line occurs in a joint translation of Helen's Epis: swearer has a brain without any idea on the


phrases; for, as I observed before, a common tle to Paris,' by the earl of Mulgrave and Dryden, in the edition of Ovid's Epistles,' 1709.

swearing side; therefore my ward has yet * Supposed to be lord Halifax.

mighty little to say, and is forced to substitute


some other vehicle of nonsense, to supply the shall meet with, laden with corn, and bound defect of his usual expletives. When I left for France; and, to avoid all cause of comhim, he made use of ' Odsbodikins! Oh me! plaint from the potentates to whom these ships and never stir alive!' and so forth; which shall belong, their full demand for their freight gave me hopes of his recovery. So I went to shall be paid them there. The French Prothe next I told you of, the gamester. Wben testants residing in that country have applied we first take our place about a man, the re-themselves to their respective magistrates, de ceptacles of the pericranium are immediately siring that there may be an article in the treaty searched. In bis, I found no one ordinary trace of peace, wbich may give liberty of conscience of thinking; but strong passion, violent desires, to the Protestants in France. Monsieur Busand a continued series of different changes, had nage, minister of the Walloon church at Rottorn it to pieces. There appeared no middle terdam, has been at the Hague, and hath bau condition ; the triumph of a prince, or the some conferences with the deputies of the States misery of a beggar, were his alternate states. on that subject. It is reported there, that all I was with bim no longer than one day, which the French refugees in those dominions are to was yesterday. In the morning at twelve, we be naturalized, that they may enjoy the same were worth four thousand pounds; at three, we good effects of the treaty with the Hollanders were arrived at six thousand; half an hour themselves, in respect of France. after, we were reduced to'one thousand; at four Letters from Paris say, the people conceive of the clock, we were dowu to two bundred; at great hopes of a sudden peace, from monsieur five, to fifty; at six, to five; at seven, to one Torcy's being employed in the negotiation ; Ire guinea ; the next bet, to nothing. This morning being a minister of too great weight in that he borrowed half-a-crown of the maid who cleans court, to be sent on any employmet in which his shoes ; and is now gaming in Lincoln's Inn- bis master would not act in a manner wherein Fields among the boys for farthings and oranges, he might justly promise bimself success. The until he has made up three pieces, and then French advices add, that there is an insurrecbe returns to White's into the best company in tion in Poictou, three thousand men having town.'

taken up arms, and beaten the troops which Thus ended our first discourse ; and, it is were appointed to disperse them; three of the hoped, you will forgive me that I have picked mutineers, being taken, were immediately exeso little out of my companion at our first in-cuted; and as many of the king's party were terview. In the next, it is possible, he may used after the same manner. tell me more pleasing incidents; for, though Our late act of naturalization bath had sc he is a familiar, he is not an evil spirit. great an effect in foreign parts, that some

princes have prohibited the French refugees ir St. James's Coffee-house, May 9. their dominions to sell or transfer their estates We hear from the Hague, of the fourteenth to any other of their subjects ; and, at the same instant, N. S. that monsieur de Torcy bath bad time, have granted them greater immunities frequent conferences with the grand pensioner, than they hitherto enjoyed. It has been also and i be other ministers who were beretofore thought necessary to restrain their own subjects commissioned to treat with monsieur Rouille. from leaving their country on pain of death. The preliminaries of a peace are almost settled, and the proceedings wait only for the arrival

No. 14.] of the duke of Marlborough; after whose ap

Thursday, May 12, 1709. probation of the articles proposed, it is not

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-nostri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sat. i. 85, 6. doubted but the methods of the treaty will be

• Whate'cr men do, or say, or think, or dream, publicly known. In the mean time, the States

Our motley paper seizes for its theine.' have declared an abhorrence of taking any step in this great affair, but in concert with the court

From my own Apartment, May 10. of Great Britain, and other princes of the alli- Had it not been that my familiar had apance. The posture of affairs in France does ne-peared to me, as I told you in my last, in percessarily obliye that nation to be very much ir: son, I had certainly been unable to have found earnest in their offers; and monsieur de Torcy even words without meaning, to keep up my bath professed to the grand pensioner, that he intelligence with the town; but he has checked will avoid all occasions of giving him the least me severely for my despondence, and ordered jealousy of his using any address in private me to go on in my design of observing upon conversation for accomplishing the ends of his things, and forbearing persons; for, said he, embassy. It is said, that as soon as the pre- the age you live in is such, that a good picture Jiminaries are adjusted, that minister is to re- of any vice or virtue will infallibly be misrepreturn to the French court. The states of Hol- sented; and though none will take the kind land have resolved to make it an instruction to descriptions you make so much to themselves, all their men-of-war and privateers, to bring as to wish well to the author, yet all will resent into their ports wbatever neutral ships they the ill characters you produce, out of fear of


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their own turn in the licence you must be wanted a lodging, Trick-track sent him to
obliged to take, if you point at particular per. gaol for a thief: if a poor whore went only
sons. I took his admonition kindly, and imme. with one thin petticoat, Tear-shift would im-
diately promised him to beg pardon of the prison ber for being loose in her dress. These
author of the “ Advice to the Poets,” for my patriots infested the days of Verus, while they
raillery upon his work; though I aimed at no alternately committed and released each other's
more in that examination, but to convince bim, prisoners. But Verus regarded them as cri-
and all men of genius, of the folly of laying minals, and always looked upon men as they
themselves out on such plans as are below their stood in the eye of justice, without respecting
characters. I hope too it was done without ill whether they sat on the bench, or stood at the
breeding, and nothing spoken below wbat a bar.
civilian (as it is allowed I am,) may utter to a
physician.* After this preface, all the world

Will's Coffee-house, May 11.
may be safe from my writings; for, if I can

Yesterday we were entertained with the find nothing to commend, I am silent, and will tragedy of the Earl of Essex*; in which there forbear the subject: for, though I am a re- is not one good line, and yet a play which was former, I scorn to be an inquisitor.

never seen without drawing tears from some It would become all men, as well as me, to part of the audience; a remarkable instance Jay before them the noble character of Verus that the soul is not to be moved by words, but the magistrate,t who always sat in triumph things ; for the incidents in this drama are laid over, and contempt of, vice: he never searched together so happily, that the spectator makes after it, or spared it when it came before him: the play for himself, by the force which the at the same time he could see through the hy- circumstance has upon bis imagination. Thus, pocrisy and disguise of those, who have no pre-in spite of the most dry discourses, and expresience to virtue themselves, but by their seve-sions almost ridiculous with respect to prority to the vicious. This same Verus was, in priety, it is imposible for one unprejudiced to times past, chief justice (as we call it amongst see it, untouched with pity. I must confess, us,) in Felicia. He was a man of profound this effect is not wrought on such as examine knowledge of the laws of his country, and as why they are pleased ; but it never fails to just an observer of them in his own person. appear on those who are not too learned in He considered justice as a cardinal virtue, not nature, to be moved by her first suggestions.

a trade for maintenance. Wherever he was It is certain, the person and behaviour of Mr. widge, he never forgot that he was also counsel. Wilks has no small share in conducing to the The criminal before him was always sure he popularity of the play ; and when a handsome stovd before his country, and, in a sort, a

fellow is going to a more coarse exit than be-
parent of it. The prisoner knew, that though heading, his shape and countenance make
his spirit was broken with guilt, and incapable every tender one reprieve him with all her
of language to defend itself, all would be heart, without waiting until she hears his dying
gathered from him which could conduce to bis words.
safety; and that his judge would wrest no law This evening, The Alchymist was played. fi
to destroy him, por conceal any that could This comedy is an example of Ben Jonson's
save him. In this time there was a nest of extensive genius, and penetration into the pas-
pretenders to justice, wbo happened to be em- sions and follies of mankind. The scene in
ployed to put things in a method for being the fourth act, where all the cheated people
examined before him at bis usual sessions : oppose the man that would open their eyes,
these animals were to Verus, as monkeys are has something in it so inimitably excellent,
to men, so like, that you can hardly disown that it is certainly as great a master-piece as
them; but so base, that you are ashamed of bas ever appeared by any hand. The author'
their fraternity. It grew a phrase, 'Who great address in showing covetousness, the
would do justice on the justices ?' That cer-motive of the actions of the puritan, the epi.
tainly would Verus. I have seen an old trial cure, the gamester, and the trader; and that all
where he sat judge on two of them; one was their endeavours, how differently soever they
called Trick-track, the other Tear-shift : one seem to tend, centre only in that one point of
was a learned judge of sharpers; the other the gain, shows he had, to a great perfection, tha
quickest of all men at finding out a wench. discernment of spirit which constitutes a geniu
Trick-track never spared a pick-pocket, but for comedy.
Was a companion to cheats: Tear-shift would

White's Chocolate-house, May 11.
make compliments to wenches of quality, but
certainly commit pour unes. If a poor rogue

It is not to be imagined, how far the vio-
Sir Richard Blackmore.

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* Dy John Banks, 4to. 1085; the prologue and the epi. Sir John Holt, lord chief justice in the reign of king logue by Drycleu. William III, and for some years after that king's deatii.

p• The Alchymist' wa: first acted in 1610, and published Britagu.


in ito, the samne year.

lence of our desires will carry us towards our them ; but, in a word, Careless is a coxcomb,
own deceit in the pursuit of what we wish for. and Nice a fop: both, you will say, very hope-
A gentleman here this evening was giving me ful candidates for a gay young woman just set
en account of a dumb fortune-teller, * who at liberty. But there is a whisper, her maid
eutdoes Mr. Partridge, myself, or the Unborn will give ber to Tom - Terror the gamester.
Joctor,t for predictions; all his visitants come This fellow bas undone so many women, that
to bim full of expectations, and pay his own he will certainly succeed if he is introduced ;
rate for the interpretations they put upon his for nothing so much prevails with the vain part
shrugs and nods. There is a fine rich city of that sex, as the glory of deceiving them who
widow stole thither the other day (though it is have deceived others.
not six weeks since her husband's departure

Desunt multa.
from her company to rest,) and with her trusty
maid demanded of him, whether she should

St. James's Coffee-house, May 11. marry again, by holding up two fingers like Letters from Berlin, bearing date May the horns on her forehead. The wizard held up eleventhi, N. S. inform us, that the birth-day both his hands forked. The relict desired to her Prussian majesty has been celebrated there know, whether he meant, by his holding up with all possible magnificence; and the king both hands, to represent that she had one hus-made her, on that occasion, a present of jewels band before, and that she should have another? to the value of thirty tbousand crowns. The or, that he intimated she should have two marquis de Quesne, who has distinguished more? The cunning man locked a little sour, himself by his great zeal for the Protestant inupon wbich Betty jogged her mistress, who terest, was, at the time of the despatch of Ibese gave the other guinea; and he made her letters, at that court, soliciting the king to understand, she should positively have two take care, that an article in behalf of tbe refumore; but shaked his head, and hinted that gees, admitting their return to France, should they should not live long with her. The widow be inserted in the treaty of peace. They write sighed, and gave bim the other half-guinea. from Hanover, of the fourteenth, that his elecAfter this prepossession, all that she bad next toral highness Lad received an express from to do was to make sallies to our end of the count Merci, representing how necessary it was tuwr, and find out who it is her fate to have to the common cause, that he would please to There are two who frequent this place, whom basten to the Rhive ; for that nothing but his she takes to be men of vogue, and of whom her presence could quicken the measures towards imagination has given her the choice. They bringing the imperial army into the field. are both the appearances of fine gentlemen, in There are very many speculations upon the insuch as do not know when they see persons of tended interview of the king of Denmark and that turn; and, indeed they are industrious king Augustus. The latter has made sucb preenough to come at that character, to deserve parations for the reception of the other, that it the reputation of being such. But this town is said, bis Danish majesty will be entertained will not allow us to be the things we seem to

in Saxony with much more elegance than he aim at, and is too discerning to be fobbed off met with in Italy itself. with pretences. One of these pretty fellows

Letters from the Hague, of the eighteenth fails by his laborious exactness; the other, by instant, N. S. say, that his grace the duke of his as much studied negligence. Frank Care- Marlborough landed the night before at the less, as soon as his valet has helped on and ad. Brill, after having been kept out at sea, by ad. justed his cloaihs, goes to his glass, sets his wig verse winds, two days longer than is usual in awiy, tumbles his cravat; and, in short, un

His excellency the lord Towndresses himself to go into company. Will Nice shend, her majesty's ambassador extraordinary is so little satisfied with bis dress, that all the and plenipotentiary to the states-general, was time he is at a visit, he is still mending it, and driven into the Veer in Zealand on Thursday is for that reason the more insufferable; for last, from whence he came to the Hague he who studies carelessness has, at least, his within few hours after the arrival of his grace. work the sooner done of the two. The willow The duke, soon after bis coming to the Hague, is distracted whom to take for her first man; had a visit from the pensioner of Holland. All for Nice is every way so careful, that she fears things relative to the peace were in suspense his length of days; and Frank is so loose, that until this interview; nor is it yet known what she has apprehensions for her own bealth with resolutions will be taken op that subject; for him. I am puzzled how to give a just idea of the troops of the allies have fresh orders des

patched to them, to move from their respective

quarters, and march with all expedition to the * Duncan Campbell, said to be deal and dumb, who frontiers, where the enemy are making their procrised at this time on the crecimlity of the volgar, and utmost efforts for the defence of their country. preted led to predict furtumes by the second sight, &c.

+ 'The real name of the quack-octor and man-midwife, These advices further inform us, that the marbuffected to be distinguished as 'unborn,' was kirleus.

quis de Torcy had received an answer from the

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court of France, to his letters which he had condition of yours ; and you would say I had sent thither by an express on the Friday be- enough of it in a month, were I to tell you all fore.

my misfortunes,' A life of a month cannot ‘Mr. Bickerstaff has received letters from have, one would thinki, much variety. But Mr. Coltstaff, Mr. Whipstaff, and Mrs. Rebecca pray,' said I,ʻlet us have your stury.' Wagstaff; aö which relate chiefly to their Then he proceeds in the following manner: being left out in the genealogy of the fansily ' It was one of the most wealthy fainiles in lately published ;* but my cousin who writ that Great Britain into which I was born, and it draught, being a clerk in the Herald's office, was a very great happiness to me that it so and being at present under the displeasure of happened, otherwise I had still, in all probathe chapter; it is feared, if that matter should bility, been living ; but I shall recount to you be touched upon at this time, the young gen. all the occurrences of my short and miserable ileman would lose bis place for treason against existence, just as, by examining into the traces the king of arms.

made in my brain, they appeared to me at ihat Castabella's complaint is come to hand.' time. The first thing that ever struck my

a noise over my head of one

shrieking ; after which, methought, I took a No. 15.] Saturday, May 14, 1709.

full jump, and found myself in the hands of a Quicquid agunt homines

sorceress, who seemed as if she had been long nostri est farrago libelli.

waking, and employed in some incantation: 1 Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86.

was thoroughly frightened, and cried out; but Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dicam,

she immediately seemed to go on in some Oar motley paper seizes for it's theme.

magical operation, and anointed me from head From my own Apartment, May 12. to foot. What they meant, I could not imaI have taken a resolution bereafter, on any

gine; for there gathered a great crowd about

me, crying, An heir ! an heir !" upon which want of intelligence, to carry my familiar

I abroad with me, who has promised to give me

grew a little still, and believed this was a very proper and just notices of persons and such as made them, what they called heirs.

ceremony to be used only to great persons, and things, to make up the history of the passing I lay very quiet ; but the witch, for no manner day. He is wonderfully skilful in the knowledge of men and manners, which has made me

of reason or provocation in the world, takes more than ordinary curious to know how he could; then ties up both my legs, and makes

me, and binds my head as hard as possibly she came to tbat perfection, and I communicated to him that doubt. 'Mr. Pacolet,' said I,ʻI it a barsh entrance into life, to begin with

me swallow down a horrid mixture. I thought am mightily surprised to see you so good a judge of our nature and circumstances, since taking physic; but I was forced to it, or else you are a mere spirit, and have no knowledge which she gave it me.

must have taken down a great instrument in

When I was thus of the bodily part of us.' He answered, smiling, dressed, I was carried to a bed side, where a

You are mistaken ; I have been one of you, fine young lady (my mother I wot) had like to and lived a month amongst you, which gives. bave hugged me to death. From her, they me an exact sense of your condition. You are to know, that all, who enter into buman life, faced me about, and there was a thing with have a certain date or stamen given to their quite another look from the rest of the combeing, which they only who die of age may be pany, to whom they talked about my nose. said to have arrived at ; but it is ordered some

He seemed wonderfully pleased to see me; but times by fate, that such as die infants are,

I knew since, my nose belonged to another faafter death, to attend mankind to the end of mily. That into which I was born is one of

the most numerous amongst you ; therefou that stamen of being in themselves, which was

crowds of relations came every day to congrabroke off by sickness or any other disaster. tulate my arrival, amongst others, my consin These are proper guardians to men, as being Beity, the greatest romp in nature : she whisks sensible of the infirmity of their state. You are philosopher enough to know, that the dif

me such a height over her head, that I cried kreace of men's understandings proceeds only called me squealing chit, and threw me into

out for fear of falling. She pinched me, and from the various dispositions of their organs ; so that he who dies at a month old, is in the The girl was very proud of the womanly em

a girl's arms that was taken in to tend me. next life as knowing, though more innocent, as they who live to fifty; and after death, they ployment of a nurse, and took upon her to have as perfect a memory and judgment of strip and dress me a-new, because I made a all that passed in their lifetime, as I have of noise, to see what ailel me: she did so, and

I still all the revolutions in that uneasy turbulent cried : upon which, she lays me on my face in

stuck a pin in every joint about me.

her lap; and, to quiet me, fell a-nailing in all See a heroes geacalegical account of the Suifti in Lasuly, No. 11.

the pins, by clapping me on the back, and

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