Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

No. 425.) TUESDAY, JULY 8, 1712. the enjoyment of such delights as this solitude

affords me. In this thought, I sat me down on a Frigora mitescunt Zephyris; ver proterit æstas

bank of Aowers, and dropped into a slumber, which, loteritura, simul Pornifer autumnus fruges effuderit, et mox

whether it were the effect of fumes and vapours, or Bruma recurrit iners.-HOR. 4 Od. vii. 9.

my present thoughts, I know not; but methought The cold grows soft with western gales,

the genius of the garden stood before me, and introThe summer over spring prevails,

duced into the walk where I lay this drama and difBut yields to autuimn's fruitful rain, As this to winter storms and hails;

ferent scenes of the revolution of the year, which Each loss the hasting moon repairs again,

whilst I then saw, even in my dream, 1 resolved to

SIR W TEMPLE write down, and send to the Spectator: “MR. SPECTATOR,

“ The first person whom I saw advancing to“ THERE is bardly any thing gives me a more wards me was a youth of a most beautiful air and sensible delight than the enjoyment of a cool still shape, though he seemed not yet arrived at that evening after the uneasiness of a hot sultry day. exact proportion and symmetry of parts which a Such a one I passed not long ago, which made me little more time would have given him; but, howrejoice when the hour was come for the sun to set, ever, there was such a bloom in his countenance, that I might enjoy the freshness of the evening in such satisfaction and joy, that I thought it the most my garden, which then affords me the pleasantest desirable form that I had ever seen. He was clothed bours I pass in the whole four-and-twenty. I im- in a flowing mantle of green silk, interwoven with mediately rose from my couch, and went down into flowers: be had a chaplet of roses on his head, and it. You descend at first by twelve stone steps into a narcissus in his hand; primroses and violets a large square divided into four grass-plots, in each sprang up under his feet, and all nature was cheered of which is a statue of white marble. This is sepa. at his approach. Flora was on one hand, and Verrated from a large parterre by a low wall; and from tumnus on the other, in a robe of changeable silk. theoce, through a pair of iron gates, you are led After this, I was surprised to see the moon-beams inio a loog broad walk of the finest turf, set on each reflected with a sudden glare from armour, and to side with tall yews, and on either hand bordered by see a man completely armed advancing with his a canal, which on the right divides the walk from a sword drawn. I was soon informed by the genius wilderness parted into a variety of alleys and arbours, it was Mars, who had long usurped a place among and on the left from a kind of amphitheatre, which the attendants of the Spring. He made way foi a is the receptacle of a great number of oranges and softer appearance. It was Venus, without any

myrtles. The moon shone bright, and seemed then ornament but her own beauties, not so much as her · most agreeably to supply the place of the sun, own cestus, with which she bad encornpassed a

obliging me with as much light as was necessary to globe, which she held in her right hand, and in her discover a thousand pleasing objects, and at the same left hand she had a sceptre of gold. After her, fol. time divested of all power of heat. The reflection lowed the Graces, with their arms entwined within of it in the water, the fanning of the wind rustling one another : their girdles were loosed, and they on the leaves, the singing of the thrush and night moved to the sound of soft music, striking the ingale, and the coolness of the walks, all conspired ground alternately with their feet. Then came up to make me lay aside all displeasing thoughts, and the three Months which belong to this season. As brought me into such a tranquillity of mind, as is, 1 March advanced towards me, there was, methought, believe, the next happiness to that of hereafter. In in his look a louring roughness, which ill befitted a this sweet retirement i naturally fell into the repe- month which was ranked in so soft a season; but tiiion of some lines out of a poem of Milton's, which as he came forwards, his features became insensibly he entitles Il Penseroso, the ideas of which were more mild and gentle; he smoothed his brow, and exquisitely suited to my present wanderings of looked with so sweet a countenance, that I could thought.

not not but lament his departure, though he made Sweet bird! that shunn'st the noise of folly,

way for April. He appeared in the greatest gaiety Most musical! most melancholy !

imaginable, and had a thousand pleasures to attend Thee, chauntress, oft, the woods among.

him: his look was frequently clouded, but immeI woo to hear thy ev ning song:

diately returned to its first composure, and reAnd missing thee I walk unseen On the dry smooth-shaven green,

mained fixed in a smile. Then came May, attended To behold the wand'ring moon,

by Cupid, with his bow strung, and in a posture to Riding near her highest noon;

let fly an arrow: as he passed by, methought I Like one that hath been led astray Through the heaven's wide pathless way:

heard a confused noise of soft complaints, gentle And oft, as if her head she bow'd,

ecstasies, and tender sighs of lovers; vows of conStooping through a fleecy cloud.

stancy, and as many complainings of perfidiousness : Then let some strange mysterious dream all which the winds wafted away as soon as they Wave with its wings in airy stream,

had reached my hearing. After these, I saw a of lively portraiture display'd Softly on my eyelids laid :

man advance in the fall prime and vigour of his And, as I wake, sweet music breathe

age; his complexion was sanguine and ruddy, his Above, about, or underneath,

hair black, and fell down in beautiful ringlets beSent by spirits to mortals' good,

neath his shoulders; a mantle of hair-coloured silk Or the unsoen genius of the wood.

hung loosely upon hiin: he advanced with a hasty " I reflected then upon the sweet vicissitudes of step after the Spring, and sought out the shade and night and day, on the charming disposition of the cool fountains which played in the garden. He was seasons, and their return again in a perpetual circle: particularly well pleased when a troop of Zephyrs and oh! said I, that I could from these my declining ianned him with their wings. He had two compayears return again to my first spring of youth and nions who walked on each side, that made him apvigour ; but that, alas! is impossible ! all that re- pear the most agreeable: the one was Aurora with mains within my power is to soften the incon- fingers of roses, and her feet dewy, attired in gray: veniences I feel, with an casy contented mind, and the other was Vesper, in a robe of agure beset with :

a

a

drops of gold, whose breath he caught whilst it less displeasíug, as they discovered more or less passed over a bundle of honey-suckles and tube- haste towards the grateful return of Spring."-2. roses which he held in his hand. Pan and Ceres followed them with four reapers, who danced a morrice to the sound of oalen pipes and cymbals. No. 426,7 WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 1712. Then came the attendant Months. June retained

Quid non mortalia pectora cogis, still some small likeness of the Spring; but the Auri sacra fames ?-VIRG, Æn. iii. 56. other two seemed to step with a less vigorous tread, O cursed hunger of pernicious gold ! especially August, who seemed almost to faint, What bands of faith can impious lucre hold.-DBYDEX, whilst for half the steps he took, the dog-star levelled

A VERY agreeable friend of mine, the other day, his rays full at his head. They passed on, and made carrying me in his coach into the country to dinner, way for a person that seemed to bend a little under fell into discourse concerning the “ care of parents the weight of years;

his beard and hair, which were due to their children," and the “piety of children full grown, were composed of an equal number of towards their parents." He was reflecting upos black and gray; he wore a robe which he had girt the succession of particular virtues and qualities round him, of a yellowish cast, not unlike the colour there might be preserved from one generation te of fallen leaves, which he walked upon. I thought another, if these regards were reciprocally held in he hardly made amends for expelling the foregoing veneration; bat as he never fails to mix an air of scene by the large quantity of fruits which he bore mirth and good-humour with his good scose and in his hands. Plenty walked by his side with a healthy fresh countenance, pouring out from a horn reasoning, bic entered into the following relation:

"I will not be confident in what century, or under all the various products of the year. Pomona fol- what reign it happened, that this want of mutual luwed with a glass of cider in her hand, with Bac- confidence and right understanding between father chus in a chariot drawn by tigers, accompanied by and son was fatal to the family of the Valentines in a whole troop of satyrs, fauns, and sylvans.. Sep- Germany. Basilius Valentinus was a person who tember, who came next, seemed in his looks to pro- had arrived at the utmost perfection in the hermetic mise a new Spring, and wore the livery of those art, and initiated his son Alexandrinus in the same months. The succeeding month was all soiled with mysteries ; but, as you know they are not to be ate the juice of grapes, as if he had just come from the tained but by the painful, the pious, the chaste, and. wine-press. November, though he was in this division, yet, by the many stops he made, seemed pure of heart, Basilius did not open to him, be

cause of his youth, and the deviations too natural rather inclined to the Winter, which followed close to it, the greatest secrets of which he was master, at his heels. He advanced in the shape of an old as well knowing that the operation would fail in man in the extremity of age; the hair he had was the hands of a man so liable to errors in life as so very wbite, it seemed a real snow; his eyes were Alexandrinus. But believing, from a certain indisred and piercing, and his beard hung with a great position of mind as well as body, his dissolution was. quantity of icicles; he was wrapped up in furs, but drawing nigh, he called Alexandrinus to him, and yet so pinched with excess of cold, that his limbs as he lay on a couch, over-against which his son were all contracted, and his body bent to the ground, was seated, and prepared by sending out servants so that he could not have supported himself had it one after another, and admonition to examine that not been for Comus, the god of revels, and Neces no one overheard them, he revealed the most impor. sity, the mother of Fate, who sustained him on each tant of his secrets with the solemnity and language side. The shape and mantle of Comus was one of of an adept. My son,' said he, 'many have been the things that most surprised me: as he advanced the watchings, long the lucubrations, constant the towards me, his countenance seemed the most de- labours of thy father, not only to gain a great and sirable I had ever seen. On the fore part of his plentiful estate to his posterity, but also to take care mantle was pictured joy, delight, and satisfaction, that he should have no posterity. Be not amazed, with a thousand emblems of merriment, and jests my child : I do not mean that thou shalt be taken with faces looking two ways at once; but as be from me, but that I will never leave thee, and conpassed from me I was amazed at a shape so little sequently cannot be said to have posterity. Behold, correspondent to his face; his head was bald, and my dearest Alexandrinus, the effect of what was all the rest of his lirubs appeared old and deformed, propagated in nine months. We are not to contraOn the hinder part of his mantle was represented dict Nature, but to follow and to help her; just as Murder* with dishevelled hair and a dagger all long as an infant is in the womb of its parent, so bloody, Anger in a robe of scarlet, and Suspicion long are these medicines of revivification in presquinting with both eyes; but above all, the most paring. Observe this small phial and this little conspicuous was the battle of the Lapithæ and the gallipot—in this an unguent, in the other a biquor. Centaurs. I detested so hideous à shape, and lo these, my ehild, are collected such powers, as turned my eyes upon Saturn, who was stealing shall revive the springs of life when they are yet but away behind him, with a scythe in one hand and an just ceased, and give new strength, new spirits, and, huur-glass in the other, unobserved. Behind Ne- in a word, wholly restore all the organs and seases cessity was Vesta, the goddess of fire, with a lamp of the buinan body to as great a duration as it bad which was perpetually supplied with oil, and whose before enjoyed froin its birth to the day of the ap: flame was eternal. She cheered the rugged brow plication of these my medicines. But, my beloved of Necessity, and warmed her so far as almost to son, care must be taken to apply them within ten make her assume the features and likeness of Choice. hours after the breath is out of the body, while yet December, January, and February, passed on after the clay is warm with its late life, and yet capable che rest, all in furs; there was little distinction to of resuscitation. I find my frame grown crazy with be made amongst them; and they were only inore or perpetual toil and meditation; and I conjure you,

as soon as I am dead, to anoint me with this unThe English are branded. perhaps unjiestly, with being gueut; and when you see te begin to move, pour addicted to suicide about this time of the year

into my lips this inestimable liquor, clae the force

ܪ

[ocr errors]

of the ointment will be ineffectual. By this meansceiving themselves, that their regularity and strict you will give me life as I have you, and we will ness of manners, for the ends of this world, has from that hour mutually lay aside the authority of some affinity to the innocence of heart which must having bestowed life on each other, live as brethren, recommend them to the next.' Renatus wondered and prepare new medicines against such another to hear his father talk so like an adept, and with period of time as will demand another application of such a mixture of piety; while Alexandrinus, obthe same restorativos.' In a few days after these serving his attention fixed, proceeded. This phial, wonderful ingredients were delivered to Alexandri-child, and this little earthen pot, will add to thy esDus, Basilius departed this life. But such was the tate so much as to make thee the richest man in the pious sorrow of ibe son at the loss of so excellent a German empire. I am going to my long home, but father, and the first transports of grief had so wholly shall not return to common dus.' Then he redisabled bim froin all manner of business, that he sumed a countenance of alacrity, and told him, that never thought of the medicines till the time to which if within av hour after his death he anointed his his father had limited their efficacy was expired. To whole body, and poured down his throat that liquor tell the truth, Alexandrinus was a man of wit and which he had from old Basilius, the corpse would be pleasure, and considered his father had lived out his converted into pure gold. I will not pretend to ex. natural time; his life was long and uniform, suit- press to you the unfeigned tenderness that passed able to the regularity of it; but that he himself, between these two extraordinary persons; but if the poor sinnet, wanted a new life, to repent of a very father recommended the care of his remains with bad one hitherto, and, in the examination of his vehemence and affection, the son was not behindheart, resolved to go on as he did with this natural hand in professing that he would not cut the least being of his, but to repent very faithfully, and spend bit off him, but upon the utmost extremity, or to provery piously the life to which he should be restored vide for his younger brothers and sisters. by application of these rarities, when time should “ Well, Alexandrinus died, and the heir of his cume, to bis own person.

body (as our term is) could not forbear, in the wan" It has been observed, that Providence frequently tonness of his heart, to measure the length and punishes the self-love of men, who would do immo- breadth of his beloved father, and cast up the enderately for their own offspring, with children very suing value of him before he proceeded to operation. much below their characters and qualifications ; in- When he knew the immense reward of his pains, somuch that they only transmit their names to be he began the work : but lo! wheu he had anointed borne by those who give daily proofs of the vanity the corpse all over, and began to apply the liquor, of the labour and ambition of their progenitors. the body stirred, and Renatus, in a fright, broke

** It happened thus in the family of Basilius; for the phial.”-T. Alexandrinus began to enjoy his ample fortune in all the extremities of household expense, furniture, and insolent equipage; and this he pursued till the day of

No. 427.) THURSDAY, JULY 10, 1712. his own departure began, as be grew sensible, to ap- Quantum a rerum turpitudine abes, tantum te a verborum liproach. As Basilius was punished with a son very

bertate sejungas.--Tull. unlike hima, Alexandrinus was visited with one of we should be as careful of our words as our actions ; and as his own disposition. It is natural that ill men should

far from speaking as from doing ill. be suspicious; and Alexandrinus, besides the jea- It is a certain sign of an ill heart to be inclined lousy, had proofs of the vicious disposition of his to defamation. They who are harmless and indoson Renatus, for that was his name.

cent can have no gratification that way; but it cver “ Alexandrinus, as I observed, having very good arises from a neglect of what is laudable in a man's reasons for thinking it unsafe to trust the real secret self, and an impatience of seeing it in another. of his phial and gallipot to any man living, pro- Else why should virtue provoke? Why should jected to make sure work, and hope for his success beauty displease in such a degree, that a man given depending from the avarice, not the bounty of his to scandal never lets the mention of either pass by benefactor.

him, without offering something to the diminution " With this thought he called Renatus to his of it? A lady the other day at a visit, being atbed-side, and bespoke him in the most pathetic ges-tacked somewhat rndely by one whose own character ture and accent. As much, my son, as you have has been very roughly treated, answered a great been addicted to vanity and pleasure, as I also have deal of heat and intemperance very calmly, “ Good been before you, * you nor I could escape the fame madam, spare me, who am none of your match; I or the good effects of the profound knowledge of our speak ill of nobody, and it is a new thing to me to progenitor, the renowned Basilius. His symbol is be ill spoken of." "Little minds think fame consists Fery well known to the philosophic world; and I in the number of votes they have on their side shall never forget the venerable air of his counte. among the multitude, whereas it is really the insenance, when he let me into the profound mysteries parable follower of good and worthy actions. Fame of the smaragdine table of Hermes. “ It is true,” is as natural a follower of merit, as a shadow is of a said he, “and far removed from all colour of de- body. It is true, when crowds press upon you, this ceit; that which is inferior is like that which is su- shadow cannot be seen ; but when they separate perior, by which are acquired and perfected all the from around you, it will again appear. The lazy, iniracles of a certain work. The father is the sun, the idle, and the froward, are the persons who are the mother the moon, the wind is in the womb, the most pleased with the little tales which pass about earth is the purse of it, and mother of all perfec. the town to the disadvantage of the rest of the world. tion. All this must be received with modesty and were it not for the pleasure of speaking ill, there wisdom.". The chymical people carry, in all their are nambers of people who are too lazy to go out of jargon, a whimsical sort of piety which is ordinary their own houses, and too ill-natured to open their with great lovers of money, and is no more but des lips in conversation. It was not a little diverting

The word " neither" seems omitted liere, though it is not the other day to observe a lady reading a post letter, in the original publication in folio, or in the edit in 8vo. of 1712. / and at these words, “ After all ber airs, bebas heard some story or other, and the match is broke her, and sometimes in a freak will insiantly change off;” give orders in the midst of her reading, “ Put her habitation. To indulge this humour, she is led to the horses." That a young woman of merit has about the grounds belonging to the same house she missed an advantageous settlement was news not to is in ; and the persons to whom she is to remove, be delayed, lest somebody else should have given being in the plot, are ready to receive her at ber her malicious acquaintance that satisfaction before own chamber again. At stated times the gentleher. The unwillingness to receive good tidings is woman at whose bouse she supposes she is at the & quality as inseparable from a scandal-bearer, as time, is sent for to quarrel with, according to her the readiness to divulge bad. But, alas! how common custom. When they have a mind to drive 'wretchedly low and contemptible is that state of the jest, she is immediately urged to that degree, mind, that cannot be pleased but by what is the sub-that she will board in a family with which she has ject of lamentation. This temper has ever been, never yet been; and away she will go this instant, in the highest degree, odious to gallant spirits. The and tell them all that the rest have been saying of Persian soldier, who was heard reviling Alexander them. By this means, she has been an inbabitant the Great, was well admonished by his officer, “ Sir, of every house in the place, without stirring from you are paid to fight against Alexander, and not to the same habitation : and the many stories which rail at him.”

every body furnishes her with, to favour that deceit, Cicero, in one of his pleadings, defending his make her the general intelligencer of the town of client from general scandal, says very handsomely, all that can be said by one woman against another. and with much reason, " There are many who bave Thus groundless stories die away, and sometimes particular engagements to the prosecutor; there are truths are smothered under the general word, when many who are known to have ill-will to bim for they have a mind to discountenance a thing, "Oh! whom I appear; there are many who are naturally this is in my Lady Bluemantle's Memoirs." addicted to delamation, and envious of any good to Whoever receives impressions to the disadvantage any man who may have contributed to spread re- of others, without examination, is to be kul in 19 ports of this kind : for nothing is so swift as scandal, other credit for intelligence than this good Lady nothing is more easily sent abroad, nothing received Bluemantle, who is subjected to bave her ears im. with more welcome,' nothing diffuses itself so uni- posed upon for want of other helps to better infos. versally. I shall not desire that if any report to mation. Add to this, that other scandal-bearers our disadvantage has any ground for it, you would suspend the use of these faculties wbich she has lost, overlook or extenuate it! but if there be any thing rather than apply them to do justice to their neighadvanced, without a person who can say whence be bours: and I think, for the service of my fair read had it, or which is attested by one who forgot who ers, to acquaint them, that there is a voluntary Lady told him of it, or who had it from one of so little Bluemantle at every visit in town.-T. consideration that he did not then think it worth his notice, all such testimonies as these, I know, you will think too slight to have any credit against the No. 428.] FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1712. innocence and honour of your fellow.citizen.” When an ill report is traced, it very often vanishes among

Occupet extremum scabies. -Hor. Ass. Poet. v. 411. such as the orator has here recited. And how des

The devil take the hindmost.–ExGLISE PROTENZ picable a creature must that be who is in pain for It is an impertinent and an unreasonable fault what passes among so'frivolous a people! There is in conversation, for one man to take up all the disa town in Warwickshire, of good note, and formerly course. It may possibly be objected to me myself, pretty famous for much animosity and dissension, that I am guilty in this kind, in entertaining the town the chief families of which have now turned all every day, and not giving so many able persons who their whispers, backbitings, envies, and private ma- have it more in their power, and as much in their lices, iuto mirth and entertainment, by means of a inclination, an opportunity to oblige mankind with peevish old gentlewoman, known by the title of the their thoughts. * Besides," said one whom I overLady Bluemantle. This heroine' had, for many heard the other day, “why must tbis paper turn years together, outdone the whole sisterhood of gos- altogether upon topics of learning and morality? sips in inveation, quick utterance, and unprovoked Why should it pretend only to wit, humour, or the malice. This good body is of a lasting constitution, like things which are useful only to amuse men of though extremely decayed in her eyes, and decrepit literature and superior education. I would have in her feet. The two circumstances of being alway, it consist also of all things which may be necessary at home from her lameness, and very attentive from or useful to any part of society; and the mechanic her blindness, inake her lodgings the receptacle of art should have their place as well as the liberal. aid that passes in town, good or bad; but for the The ways of gain, husbandry, and thrift. will serve lätter she seems to have the better memory. There a greater number of people, than discourses upon is another thing to be noted of her, which is, that what was well said or done by such a philosopher, as it is usual with old people, she has a livelier me hero, general, or poet.”-I no sooner beard this mory of things which passed when she was very critic talk of my works, but I minuted what he bad young than of late years. Add to all this, that she said; and from that instant resolved to enlarge the does not only not lose anybody, but she bates every plan of my speculations, by giving notice to all perbody. The statue in Rome* does not serve to vent sons of all orders, and each sex, that if they are malice half so well as this old lady does to disappoint pleased to send me discourses, with their names and it. She does not know the author of any thing that places of abode to them, so that I can be satistied! is told ber, but can readily repeat the matter itself; the writings are authentic, such their labours shall therefore, though she exposes all the whole town, be faithfully inserted in this paper. It will be of she offends no one in it. She is so exquisitely rest- much more consequence to a youth, in his apprese less and peevish, that she quarrels with all about ticeship, to know by what rules and arts such azonie

A statue of Pasquia ip that city, on which sarcastic re- became sheriff of London, than to see the sign of marks were pasted, and I thence called Pasquinades. one of his own quality with a lien's beart in tamil

)

a

Vocibus

HOR. 2 Od. ii. 19.

hand. The world, indeed, is enchanted with ro- of historians in the methods of drawing up, change inaptic and improbable achievements, when the ing the forms of a battalia, and the enemy retreatplaiu path to respective greatness and success, in ing from, as well as approaching to, the charge. the way of life a man is in, is wholly overlooked. But in the discourses from the correspondents whom Is it possible that a young man at present could I now invite, the danger will be of another kind;: pass his time better than in reading the history of and it is necessary to caution them only against stocks, and knowing by what secret springs they using terms of art, and describing things that are have such sudden ascents and falls in the same day? familiar to them in words that are unknown to their Could he be better conducted in his way to wealth, readers. I promise myself a great harvest of new which is the great articie of life, than in a treatise circumstances, persons, and things, from this prodated from 'Change-alley by an able proficient there? posal; and a world which many think they are well Nothing certainly can be more useful, than to be acquainted with, discovered as wholly new. This well instructed in his hopes and fears; to be diffi- sort of intelligence will give a lively image of the dent when others exult; and with a secret joy buy chain and mutual dependance of human society, when others think it their interest to sell. I invite take off impertinent prejudices, enlarge the minds all persons, who have any thing to say for the pro- of those whose views are confined to their own fitable information of the public, to take their turns circumstances; and, in short, if the knowing in in my paper; they are welcome, from the late noble several arts, professions, and trades, will exert thein. inventor of the longitude, to the humble author of selves, it cannot but produce a new field of diverstrops for razors. If to carry ships in safety, to give sion and instruction, more agreeable than has yet help to people tossed in a troubled sea, without appeared. -T. knowing to what shore they bear, what rocks to avoid, or what coast to pray for in their extremity, be a worthy labour, and an iovention that deserves

No. 429.) SATURDAY, JULY 12, 1712. a statue ; at the same time, he who has found means

-Populumque falsis dedocet uti to let the instrument, which is to make your visage less horrid and your person more smug, easy in the

From cheats of words the crowd she brings

To real estimates of things.-CREECH. speration, is worthy of some kind of good reception. If things of high inoment meet with renown, those “MR. SPECTATOR, of little consideration, since of any consideration,

“Since I gave an account of an agreeable set of are not to be despised. In order that no merit may company which were gone down into the conntry, lie bid, and no art unimproved, I repeat it, that I have received advices from thence, that the insti. call artificers, as well as philosophers, to my assist- tution of an infirmary for those who should be out of ance in the public service. It would be of great humour has had very good effects. My letters menuse if we had an exact history of the successes of tion particular circumstances of two or three per every great shop within the city-walls, what tracts sons, who had the good sense to retire of their own of land have been purchased by a constant attend. accord, and notified that they were withdrawn, with ance within a walk of thirty foot. If it could also the reasons of it to the company, in their respective be noted in the equipage of those who are ascended memorials. from the snccessful trade of their ancestors into figure and equipage, such accounts would quicken industry

The Memorial of Mrs. Mary Dainty, Spinster, in the pursuit of such acquisitions, and discounte- * Humbly Sheweth, nance luxury in the enjoyment of them.

"That, conscious of her own want of mcrit, acTo diversify these kinds of informations, the incompanied with a vanity of being admired, she had dustry of the female world is not to be unobserved. gone into exile of her own accord. She to whose household virtues it is owing, that men do honour to her husband, should be recorded with insufferable creature living in a well-bred assembly.

'She is sensible, that a vain person is the most veneration; she who has wasted his labours, with

• That she desired, before she appeared in public infamy. When we are come into domestic life in again, she might have assurances, that though she this manner, to awaken caution and attendance to might be thought handsome, there might not more the main point, it would not be amiss to give now address or compliment be paid to her than to the and then a touch of tragedy, and describe that most rest of the company. dreadful of all human conditions, the case of bank- • That she conceived it a kind of superiority, that ruptcy: how plenty. creslit, cheerfulness, fall hopes, one person should take upon him to commend anand easy possessions, are in an instant turned into other. pennsy, fainit aspects, diffidence, sorrow, and misery;

Lastly, that she went into the infirmary, to avoid how the man, who with an open hand the day before a particular person, who took upon him to profess could minister to the extremities of others, is

an admiration of her. shunned to-day by the friend of his bosom. It

'She therefore prayed, that to applaud out of due would be useful to show how just this is on the place might be declared an offence, and punished in négligent, how lamentable on the industrious. A the same manner with detraction, in that the latter paper written by a merchant might give this island did but report persons defective, and the former a true sense of the worth and importance of his cba- made them so. racter it might be visible, from what he could say,

All which is submitted,' &c that no soldier entering a breach adventures more for honour, than the trader does for wealth to his “There appeared a delicacy and sincerity in this country lo both cases, the adventurers have their memorial very uncommon; but my friend'informs tu advantage; but I know no cases wherein every me, that the allegations of it were groundless, insoBody else is a sharer in the success.

much that this declaration of an arersion to beingIt is objected by readers of history, that the battles praised, was understood to be no other than a secret in those narrations are scarce ever to be understood. trap to purchase it, for which reason it lies still on This misfortune is to be ascribed to the ignorance the table unanswered.

« ZurückWeiter »