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When the day grows too busy for these gentlemen No. 50.] FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1711. to enjoy any longer the pleasures of their

dishabille with any manner of confidence, they give place to

Nunquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dixit.

Juv. Sat. rix. 321. men who have business or good sense in their faces, and come to the coffee-house either to transact

Good taste and nature always speak the same. affairs, or enjoy conversation. The persons to whose When the four Indian kings were in this country behaviour and discourse I have most regard, are such about a twelvemonth ago, I often mixed with the as are between these two sorts of men, such as have rabble, and followed them a whole day together, Dut spirits too active to be happy and well pleased in being wonderfully struck with the sight of every a private condition, nor complexions too warm ta thing that is new or uncommon. I have, since their make them neglect the duties and relations of life departure, employed a friend to make many inquiOf these sort of men consist the worthier part of ries of their landlord the upholsterer, relating to mankind; of these are all good fathers, generous their manners and conversation, as also concerning brothers, sincere friends, and faithful subjects. Their the remarks which they made in this country · for entertainments are derived rather from reason than next to the forming a right notion of such strangers, imagination: which is the cause that there is no im- I should be desirous of learning what ideas they have patience or instability in their speech or action. You conceived of us. see in their countenances they are at home, and in The upholsterer finding my friend very inquisitive quiet possession of the present instant as it passes, about these his lodgers, brought him some time since without desiring to quicken it by gratifying any pas- a little bundle of papers, which he assured him were sion, or prosecuting any new design. These are the written by king Sa Ga Yean Qua Rash Tow, and, men formed for society, and those little communities as he supposes, left behind by some mistake. These which we express by the word neighbourhood. papers are now translated, and contain abundance

The coffee-house is the place of rendezvous to all of very odd observations, which I find this little trathat live dear it, who are thus turned to relish calm ternity of kings made during their stay in the isle of and ordinary life. Eubulus presides over the middle Great Britain. I shall present my reader with a bours of the day, when this assembly of men meet short specimen of them in this paper, and may pertogether. He enjoys a great fortune handsomely, haps communicate more to bim hereafter. In the without launching into expense ; and exerts many article of London are the following words, which, noble and useful qualities, without appearing in any without doubt are meant of the church of St. Paul: public employment. His wisdom and knowledge “On the most rising part of the town there stands are serviceable to all that think fit to make use of a huge house, big enough to contain the whole nathem; and he does the office of a counsel, a judge, tion of which I am king. Our good brother E Tow an executor, and a friend, to all his acquaintance, O Koam, king of the Rivers, is of opinion it was not only without the profits which attend such offices, made by the hands of that great God to whom it is but also without the deference and homage which consecrated. The kings of Granajah and of the Six are usually paid to them. The giving of thanks is Nations believe that it was created with the earth, displeasing to him. The greatest gratitude you can and produced on the same day with the sun and show him is, to let him see that you are a better man moon. But for my own part, by the best informafor his services; and that you are as ready to oblige tion that I could get of this matter, I am apt to think others, as he is to oblige you.

that this prodigious pile was fashioned into the shape In the private exigencies of his friends, he lends it now bears by several tools and instruments, of at legal value considerable sums which he might which they have a wonderful variety in this country. highly increase by rolling in the public stocks. He It was probably at first a huge misshapen rock that does not consider in whose hands his money will im- grew

upon the top of the hill, which the natives of prove most, but where it will do most good. the country (after having cut into a kind of regular

Eubulus has so great an authority in his little figure ) bored and hollowed with incredible pains aud diurnal audience, that when he shakes his head at industry, till they bad wrought in it all those beauany piece of publie news, they all of them appear tiful vaults and caverns into which it is divided at dejected; and on the contrary, go home to their din- this day. As soon as this rock was thus curiously ners with a good stomach and cheerful aspect when scooped to their liking, a prodigious number of hands Eubulus seems to intiinate that things go well. Nay, must have been employed in chipping the outside of their veneration towards him is so great, that when it, which is now as smooth as the surface of a pebble; they are in other company they speak and act after and is in several places hewn out into pillars that him; are wise in his sentences, and are no sooner stand like the trunks of so many trees bound about sat down at their own tables, but they hope or fear, the top with garlands of leaves. It is probable that rejace or despond, as they saw him do at the coffee when this great work was begun, which must have house. In a word, every man is Eubulus as soon as been many hundred years ago, there was some relihis back is turned.

gion among this people; for they give it the name Having here given an account of the several reigns of a temple, and have a tradition that it was dethat succeed each other from day-break till dinner- signed for men to pay their devotion in. And indeed time, I shall mention the monarchs of the afternoon there are several reasons which make us think that on another occasion, and shut up the whole series of the natives of this country had formerly among them them with the history of Tom the Tyrant ;* who, as some sort of worship, for they set apart every seventh the first minister of the coffee-house, takes the go- day as sacred; but upon my going into one of these verment upon him between the hours of eleven and holy houses on that day, I could not observe any twelve at night, and gives his orders in the most ar- circumstance of devotion in their behaviour. There bitrary manner to the servants below him, as to the was indeed a man in black, who was mounted above disposition of liquors, coal, and cinders.-R. the rest, and seemed to utter something with a great

deal of vehemence; but as for those underneath i ber waiter of that coffee-bouse, frequently nicknamed him, instead of paying their

worship to the deity of the place, they were most of them bowing and curtbeying to one another, and a considerable number of but when they disappear in one part of the face, they them fast asleep.

are very apt to break out in another, insomuch that “The queen of the country appointed two men to I have seen a spot upon the forehead in the afterattend us, that had enough of our language to make noon, which was upoa the chin in the morning." themselves understood in some few particulars. But The author Then proceeds to show the absurdity of we soon perceived that these two were very great breeches and petticoats, with many other curious obenemies to one another, and did not always agree in servations which I shall reserve for another occasion. the same story. We could make shift to gather out I cannot, however, conclude this paper without of one of them, that this island was very much in taking notice, that amidst these wild remarks there fested with a monstrous kind of animals, in the shape now and then appears something very reasonable. of men, called whigs; and he often told us, that he I cannot likewise forbear observing, that we are all hoped we should meet with none of them in our way, guilty in some measure of the same narrow way of for that if we did, they would be apt to knock us thinking which we meet with in this abstract of the down for being kings.

Indian journal, when we fancy the customs, dresses, “Our other interpreter used to talk very much of and manners of other countries are ridiculous and a kind of animal called a tory, that was as great a extravagant, if they do not resemble those of our monster as the whig, and would treat us as ill for own.-C. being foreigners. These two creatures, it seems, are born with a secret antipathy to one another, and engage when they meet as naturally as the elephant

No. 51.1 SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 171). and the rhinoceros. * But as we saw none of either Torquet ab obscenis janı nunc sermonibus aurem. of these species, we are apt to think that our guides

HoR, 1 Ep. ii. 12 deceived us with misrepresentations and fictions, and

He from the taste obscene reclaims our youth.-Porz. amused us with an account of such monsters as are

"MR. SPECTATOR, not really in their country.

"My fortune, quality, and person, are such as “These particulars we made a shift to pick out render me as conspicuous as any young woman in from the discourse of our interpreters, which we put town. It is in my power to enjoy it in all its vatogether as well as we could, being able to under- nities, but I have, from a very careful education, stand but here and there a word of what they said, contracted a great aversion to the forward air and and afterward making up the meaning of it among fashion which is practised in all public places and ourselves. The men of the country are very cunning assemblies. I attribute this very much to the style and ingenious in handicraft works, but withal so very and manner of our plays. I was last night at the idle, that we often saw young lusty raw-boned fel. Funeral, where a confident lover in the play, speaklows carried up and down the streets in little covered ing of his mistress, cries out— Ob that Harriet! to rooms, hy a couple of porters, who are hired for that fold these arms about the waist of that beauteous, service. Their dress is likewise very barbarous, for struggling, and at last yielding fair!' Such an they almost strangle themselves about the neck, and image as this ought by no means to be presented to bind their bodies with several ligatures, that we are a chaste and regular audience. I expect your opiapt to think are the occasion of several distempers nion of this sentence, and recommend to your conamong them, which our country is entirely free from. sideration, as a Spectator, the conduct of the stage Instead of those beautiful feathers with which we at present with relation to chastity and modesty. adorn our heads, they often buy up a monstrous bush

“ I am, Sir, of hair, which covers their heads and falls down in

“ Your constant reader and well wisher." a large fleece below the middle of their backs; and with which they walk up and down the streets, and the offence is gross enough to have displeased per

The complaint of this young lady is so just, that are as proud of it as if it was of their own growth.

“We were invited to one of their public diver-sons who cannot pretend to that delicacy and mosions, where we hoped to have seen the great men deal to be said in behalf of an author. If the au

desty, of which she is mistress. But there is a great of their country running down a stag, or pitching a dience would but consider the difficulty of keeping bar, that we might have discovered who were the persons of the greatest abilities among them; but up a sprightly dialogue for five acts together, they instead of that, they conveyed us into a huge room

would allow a writer, when he wants wit, and canlighted up with abundance of candles, where this not please any otherwise, to help it out with a little lazy people sat still above three hours to see several smuttiness. I will answer for the poets, that no feats of ingenuity performed by others, who it seems dearth of invention. When the author cannot

one ever writ bawdry, for any other reason but were paid for it.

" As for the women of the country, not being able strike out of himself any more of that which he bas to talk with them, we could only make our remarks superior to those who make up the bulk of his auupon them at a distance. They let the hair of their dience, his natural recourse is to that which he has heads grow to a great length; but as the men make

common with them; and a description which a great show with heads of hair that are none of their gratifies a sensual appetite will please, when the auown, the women, who they say have very fine heads

thor has nothing about him to delight a refined imaof hair, tie it up in a knot , and cover it from being this and all other sentences in plays, which are of

gination. It is to such a poverty we must impute The women look like angels, and would be more beautiful than the sun, were it not for little this kind, and which are commonly termed luscious black spots that are apt to break out in their faces,

expressions*. and sometimes rise in very odd figures. I have observed that those little blemishes wear off very soon; that he practised the lessons which he taught, and did not uns

• Be it said here, to the honour of the author of this paper,

ject good advice from what quarter soever it came. • of these two animals the Indian kings could have no lished this lady's letter, and approved her indignation. He ideas, and therefore seem here to be illustrating obscurum submitted to her censure, condemned himsell publicly, and per obscurius," and explaining the monsters spoken of here by corrected the obnoxious passage of his play, in a new edition animals that were not really in their country.

which was published in 1712.

seen.

This expedient to supply the deficiencies of wit selves in their chief characters, and the women has been used more or less by most of the authors writers may be allowed the same liberty. Thus, as who have succeeded on the stage; though I know the male wit gives his hero a great fortune, the febut one who has professedly writ a play upon the male gives her heroine a good gallant at the end of basis of the desire of multiplying our species, and the play. But, indeed, there is hardly a play ode that is the polite Sir George Etheridge; if I under- can go to, but the hero or fine gentleman of it'struts stand what the lady would be at, in the play called off upon the same account, and leaves us to cocShe Would if she could. Other poets have here and sider what good office he has put us to, or to emthere given an intimation that there is this design, ploy ourselves as we please. To be plain, a man under all the disguises and affectations which a lady who frequents plays would bave a very respectful may put on; but no author, except this, has made notion of himself, were he to recollect how often he sure work of it, and put the imaginations of the au- has been used as a pimp to ravishing tyrants, or dience upon this one purpose from the beginning to successful rakes

. When the actors make their exit end of the comedy. It has always fared accord- on this good occasion, the ladies are sure to have an ingly; for whether it be that all who go to this examining glance from the pit, to see how they repiece would if they could, or that the innocents go lish what passes ; and a few lewd fools are very to it, to guess only what she would if she could, the ready to employ their talents upon the composure or play has always been well received.

freedom of their looks. Such incidents as these It lifts a heavy empty sentence, when there is make some ladies wholly absent themselves from the added to it a lascivious gesture of body; and when playhouse; and others never miss the first day of a it is too low to be raised even by that, a flat meaning play*, lest it should prove too luscious to admit their is enlivened by making it a double one. Writers going with any countenance to it on the second. who want genius, never fail of keeping this secret If men of wit, who think fit to write for the stage, in reserve, to create a laugh or raise a clap. I, who instead of this pitiful way of giving delight, would know nothing of women but from seeing plays, can turn their thoughts upon raising it from such good give great guesses at the whole structure of the fair natural impulses as are in the audience, but are ses, by being innocently placed in the pit, and in- choked up by vice and luxury, they would not only sulted by the petticoats of their dancers; the advan- please, but befriend us at the same time. If a man tages of whose pretty persons are a great help to a had a mind to be new in bis way of writing, might dull play. When a poet flags in writing lusciously, not he who is now represented as a fine gentleman a pretty girl can move lasciviously, and have the though he betrays the honour and bed of his neighsamne good consequence for the author. Dull poets bour and friend, and lies with half the women in in this case use their audiences as dull parasites do the play, and is at last rewarded with her of the their patrons; when they cannot longer divert them best character in it;-I say, upon giving the comedy with their wit or humour, they bait their ears with another cast, might not such a one divert the ausomething which is agreeable to their temper, though dience quite as well, if at the catastrophe he were below their understanding. Apicius cannot resist found out for a traitor, and met with contempt ac being pleased, if you give him an account of a de-cordingly? There is seldom a person devoted to licious meal: or Clodius, if you describe a wanton above one darling vice at a time, so that there is beanty; though, at the same time, if you do not room enough to catch at men's hearts to their good zwake those inclinations in them, no men are better and advantage, if the poets will attempt it with the judges of what is just and delicate in conversation. honesty which becomes their characters. But, as I have before observed, it is easier to talk There is no man who loves his bottle or his misto the man than to the man of sense.

tress, in a manner so very abandoned, as not to be It is remarkable that the writers of least learning capable of relishing an agreeable character, that is are best skilled in the luscious way. The poetesses no way a slave to either of these pursuits. A man of the age have done wonders in this kind; and we that is temperate, generous, valiant, chaste, faithful, are obliged to the lady who writ Ibrahim*, for in- and honest, may, at the same time, have wit

, humour, troducing a preparatory scene to the very action, good-breeding, and gallantry. While he exerts when the emperor throws his handkerchief as a sig. these latter qualities, twenty occasions might be in. nal for his mistress to follow him into the most revented to show he is master of the other noble vir. tired part of the seraglio. It must be confessed his tues. Such characters would smite and reprove the Turkish majesty went off with a good air, but me- heart of a man of sense, when he is given up to his thought we made but a sad figure who waited with pleasures. He would see he has been mistaken all out. This ingenious gentlewoman, in this piece of this while, and be convinced that a sound con..itubandry, refined upon an author of the same sext, tion and an innocent mind are the true ingredients wbo, in the Rover, makes a country ’squire strip to for becoming, and enjoying life. All men of true his Holland drawers. For Blunt is disappointed, taste would call a man of wit

, who should turn his and the emperor is understood to go on to the ut. ambition this way, a friend and benefactor to bis most. The pleasantry of stripping almost naked country; but I am at a loss what name they would has been since practised (wbere indeed it should give him, who makes use of his capacity for conhave been begun) very successfully at Bartholomew trary purposes.-R. It is not to be here omitted, that in one of the

• On the first night of the exhibition of a new play, virtuous above-mentioned female compositions, the Rover

is women about this time came to see it in masks, then worn by

women of the town, as the characteristic mark of their being Fery, frequently sent on the same errand; as I take prostitutes. it, above once every act. This is not wholly unnatural; for, they say, the men authors draw them• Mrs. Mary Pís.

Mrs. Beha i The appearance of Lady Mary, a rope-dancer at Bartho. komen fair, gave occasion to this proper animadversion.

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No. 52.) MONDAY, APRIL 30, 1711. meet with many admirers here as frigbtful as herOmnes ut tecum meritis pro talibus annos

self. But being a long-headed gentlewoman, I am Exigat, et pulchra faciat te prole parentem. apt to imagine she has some farther design than you

VIRG. Æn. i. 78

have yet penetrated; and perhaps has more mind to To crown thy worth, she shall be ever thine,

the Spectator than any of his fraternity, as the perAnd make thee father of a beautecus line.

son of all the world she could like for a paramour. An ingenious correspondent, like a sprightly wife, And if so, really I cannot but applaud her choice, will always have the last word. I did not think my and should be glad, if it might lie in my power, lo last letter to the deformed fraternity would have oc- effect an amicable accommodation betwixt two faces casioned any answer, especially since I had promised of such different extremes, as the only possible exthem so sudden a visit: but as they think they can-pedient to mend the breed, and rectify the physiog. not shew too great a veneration for my person, they nomy of the family on both sides. And again, as have already sent me up an answer. As to the pro- she is a lady of a very fluent elocution, you need posal of a marriage between myself and the match- not fear that your child will be born dumb, which less Hecatissa, I have but one objection to it; which otherwise you might have some reason to be appreis, That all the society will expect to be acquainted hensive of. To be plain with you, I can see nothing with her; and who can be sure of keeping a woman's shocking in it; for though she has not a face like a heart long where she may have so much choice? 1 john-apple, yet as a late friend of mine, who at am the more alarmed at this, because the lady seems sixty-five ventured on a lass of fifteen, very freparticularly smitten with men of their make. I believe I shall set my heart upon her; and think me to understand, that as old as he then seemned,

quently in the remaining five years of his life gave never the worse of my mistress for an epigram a when they were first married he and his spouse could smart fellow writ, as he thought, against her; it make but fourscore ; so may Madam Hecatissa very does but the more recommend her to me. At the justly allege hereafter, that as long-visaged as she same time I cannot but discover that his malíce is may then be thought, upon their wedding-day Mr. stolen from Martial :

Spectator and she had but half an ell of face beTacta places; audita places; si non videare, twixt them; and this my worthy predecessor, Mr. Tota places; neutro, si videare, places.

Serjeaut Chin, always maintained to be no more Whilst in the dark on thy soft hand I hung, And heard the tempting Syren in thy tongue,

than the true oval proportion between man and wife. What flames, what darts, what anguish I endur'd! But as this may be a new thing to you, who have But when the candle enter d, I was curd,

hitherto had no expectations from women, I shall Your letter to us we have received, as a signal allow you what time you think fit to consider on it; mark of your favour and brotherly affection. We not without some bope of seeing at last your thoughts shall be heartily glad to see your short face in Ox- hereupon subjoined to mine, and which is an honour ford ; and since the wisdom of our legislature has much desired by, been immortalized in your speculations, and our

Sir, your assured friend, personal deformities in some sort by you recorded to

“And most humble servant, all posterity, we hold ourselves in gratitude bound to

Hugh GOBLIN, Prases" receive, with the highest respect, all such persons as The following letter has not much in it, but, as it for their extraordinary merit you shall think fit, from is written in my own praise, I cannot from my heart time to time, to recommend unto the board. As for suppress it. the Pictish damsel, we have an easy chair prepared “Sir, at the upper end of the table : which we doubt not

“ You proposed, in your Spectator of last Tuesday, but she will grace with a very hideous aspect, and Mr. Hobbs's hypothesis for solving that very odd much better become the seat in the native and unaffected uncomeliness of her person, than with ali phenomenon of laughter. You have made the hythe superficial airs of the pencil, which (as you have pothesis valuable

by espousing it yourself; for had

it continued Mr. Hobbs's, nobody would have minded very ingeniously observed) vanish with a breath, it. Now here this perplexed case arises. A certain and the most innocent adorer may deface the shrine with a salutation, and in the literal sense of our that very paper of yours; and the truth on it is, he

company laughed very heartily upon the reading of poets, snatch and imprint his balmy kisses, and de- must be a man of more than ordinary constancy vour her melting lips. In short, the only faces of that could stand out against sở much comedy, and the Pictish kind that will endure the weather, must not do as we did. Now there are few men in the be of. Dr. Carbuncle's die; though his, in truth, has world so far lost to all good sense, as to look upon cost him a world the painting ; but then he boasts you to be a man in a state of folly ' inferior to himwith Zeuxes, in æternitatem pingo; and oft jocosely self.' --Pray then how do you justify your hypothetells the fair ones, would they acquire colours that sis of laughter? would stand kissing, they must no longer paint, but

“ Your most humble,

Q. R. drink for a complexion : a maxim that in this our

Thursday, the 26th of the month of fools.” age has been pursued with no ill success; and has been as admirable in its effects, as the famous cosmetic mentioned in the Postman, and invented by

In answer to your letter, I must desire you to rethe renowned British Hippocrates of the pestle and collect yourself; and you will find, that when you

did me the honour to be so merry over my paper, you mortar; making the party, after a due course, rosy, bale, and airy; and the best and most approved re- laughed at the idiot, the German courtier, the gaper, ceipt now extant, for the fever of the spirits. But the merry-andrew, the haberdasher, the biter, the to return to our female candidate, who, I understand, butt, and not at

« Your humble servant, is returned to herself, and will no longer hang out false colours; as she is the first of her sex that has

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« THE SPECTATOR." done us so great an honour, she will certainly in a very short time, both in prose and rerse, be a lady of the most celebrated deformity now living, and

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“ Sir,

No. 53.1 TUESDAY, MAY I, 1711. selves to a censorious world. I am far from thinking
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you can altogether disapprove of conversation between

ladies and gentlemen, regulated by the rules of hoHon. Ars. Poet ver. 359. Homer himself hath been observed to nod.

nour and prudence; and have thought it an obserRoscowMOX.

vation not ill-made, that where that was wholly deMr correspondents grow so numerous, that I can- nied, the women lost their wit, and the men their Dof avoid frequently inserting their applications to

good manners. It is sure from those improper li.

berties you mentioned, that a sort of undistinguishing me. “ MR. SPECTATOR,

people shall banish from their drawing-rooms the

best-bred men in the world, and condemn those that “ I am glad I can inform you, that your endea. I do not. tours to adorn that sex, which is the fairest part of of good use, as well as much oblige,

Your stating this point might, I think, be the visible creation, are well received, and like to

“Sir, your admirer and most humble servant, prove not unsuccessful. The triumph of Daphne

“ Anna Bella.” over her sister Lætitia has been the subject of con. versation at several tea-tables where I was present;

No answer to this, till Anna Bella sends a deand I have observed the fair circle not a little scription of those she calls the best-bred men in the

world. pleased to find you considering them as reasonable creatures, and endeavouring to banish that Maho- “Mr. SPECTATOR, Inetan custom, which had too much prevailed even "I am a gentleman who for many years last past in this island, of treating women as if they had no have been well known to be truly splenetic, and souls. I must do them the justice to say, that there that my spleen arises from having contracted so seems to be nothing wanting to the finishing of these great a delicacy, by reading the best authors and lovely pieces of human nature, besides the turning keeping the most refined company, that I cannot and applying their ambition properly, and the keep- bear the least impropriety of language, or rusticity ing them up to a sense of what is their true merit

. of behaviour. Now, Sir, I have ever looked upon Epietetas, that plain honest philosopher, as little as this as a wise distemper; but by late observations he had of gallantry, appears to have understood find, that every heavy wretch who has nothing to them as well as the polite St. Evremont, and has say, excuses his dulness by complaining of the hit this point very luckily. When young women,' spleen. Nay, I saw the other day, two fellows in a says he,* arrive at a certain age, they hear them. tavern kitchen set up for it, call for a pint and pipes, seives called Mistresses, and are made to believe and only by guzzling liquors to each other's health, that their only business is to please the men; they and wasting smoke in each other's face, pretend to immediately begin to dress, and to place all their throw off the spleen. I appeal to you whether these hopes in the adorning of their persons; it is there- dishonours are to be done to the distemper of the fore,' continues he, worth the while to endeavour great and the polite. I beseech you, Sir, to inform by all means to make them sensible that the honour these fellows that they have not the spleen because paid to them is only upon account of their conducting they cannot talk without the help of a glass at their themselves with virtue, modesty, and discretion.' mouths, or convey their meaning to each other with! "Now to pursue the matter yet farther, and to ren out the interposition of elouds. If you will not do der your cares for the improvement of the fair ones this with all speed, I assure you, for my part, I will more effectual, I would propose a new method like wholly quit the disease, and for the future be merry those applications which are said to convey their vir- with the vulgar. I am, Sir, your humble servant.” tue by sympathy; and that is, that in order to embellish the mistross, you should give a new, education to the lover, and teach the men not to be any longer daz- formed Starer, and conceived a detestation for that

“This is to let you understand that I am a rezled by false charms and unreal beauty. I cannot practice from what you have writ upon the subject. but think that if our sex knew always how to place But as you have been very severe upon the behaviour their esteem justly, the other would not be so ofus men at divine service, I hope you will not be so apoften wanting to themselves in deserving it. For parently partial to the women as to let them go wholly as the being enamoured with a woman of sense and unobserved. If they do every thing that is possible to virtue is an improvement to a man's understanding attract our eyes, are we more culpable than they for and morals, and the passion is ennobled by the ob- looking at them? I happened last Sunday to be shut ject which inspires it; so on the other side, the ap. into a pew, which was full of young ladies, in the pearing amiable to a man of a wise and elegant bloom of youth and beauty. When the service began, mind, carries in itself no small degree of merit and I had not room to kneel at the confession, but as I stood accomplishment. I conclude, therefore, that one kept my eyes from wandering as well as I was able, way to make the women yet more agreeable is, to till one of the young ladies, who is a Peeper, resolved make the men more virtuous.

to bring down my looks, and fix my devotion on her“I am, Sir, your most humble servant,

self. You are to know, Sir, that a Peeper works “R. B.” with her hands, eyes, and fan; one of which is con

April 26th. tinually in motion, while she thinks she is not “Yours of Saturday last I read, not without some actually the admiration of some ogler or starer in resentment; but I will suppose when you say you the congregation. As I stood utterly at a loss how expect an inundation of ribands and brocades, and to behave myself, surrounded as I was, this Peeper to see many new vanities which the women will fall so placed herself as to be kneeling just before me. into upon a peace with France, that you intend only She displayed the most beautiful bosom imaginable, the anthinking part of our sex: and what methods which heaved and fell with some fervour, while a can reduce them to reason is hard to imagine. delicate and well-shaped arm held a fan over her face.

* But, Sir, there are others yet, that your instruc- It was not in nature to command one's eyes from this tions might be of great use to, who, after their best object. I could not avoid taking notice also of her endeavours, are sometimes at a loss to acquit them-fan, which had on it various figures very improper to

“Sir,

“Sie,

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