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Steele. 228. Letters from High Church-On Almanack Weather—From a Writer of Advertisements
Steele. 229. Remarks on the Author's Enemies–Fable of the Owls, Bats, and the Sun
Addison. 230. Improprieties of Phrase-Affectation of Politeness-Vulgarisms ·
Swift. 231. The Taming of the Shrew-Present of Wine
Steele. 232. Letter from the Upholsterer-Rage for Politics
Steele. 233. History of Joseph and his Brethren Steele. 234. Letters on Education: Greenwood-Devotion
Steele. 235. On Parental Partiality
Steele. 236. Account of the Migration of Frogs into Ireland
Steele. 237. Effects of the Touch of Ithuriel's Spear, a Dream
(probably) Addison. 238. Description of a City-shower: Swift-Prose Part of the Paper
Steele. 239. Remarks on the Author's Enemies--The Examiner
Addison. 240. On the Science of Physic-Quacks of the Time
Addison. 241. On Drinking-Improper Behaviour at Church
--On By-words-Fee at St. Paul's Steele. 242. On Raillery and Satire-Horace and Juvenal
Steele, 243. Adventures of the Author when Invisible
Addison. 244. On Eloquence--Talents for ConversationPedantry
Steele. 245. Advertisement of Lady Fardingale's stolen Goods-Letter from a Black Boy
246. On a Censorious Disposition-Letters to Defaulters-Characters of Plumbeus and Levis
Steele. 247. Letter from Almeira, an Edinburgh young lady
-And Answer by Mrs. Jenny Distaff: Steele. 248. On the Improvement of Beauty by Exercise -Lazy Ladies-Very busy ones
Steele, 249. Adventures of a Shilling
Addison. 250. Institution of a Court of Honour 251. On Virtuous Independence- Where true Happiness is to be found.
Steele. 252. Defence of Sober Drinking-Letter from Ralph and Bridget Yokefellow
Steele. 253. Journal of the Court of Honour
Addison and Steele. 254. Sir John Mandeville's Account of the Freezing and Thawing of several Speeches
Addison and Steele. 255. Letter from a Chaplain—Thoughts on the Treatment of Chaplains
Addison. 256. Proceedings of the Court of Honour
Addison and Steele. 257. Wax-work Representation of the Religions of Great Britain
Addison and Steele. 258. Letter on the Use of the Phrase North Briton:
Swift, Prior, Rowe--On“ a Person of Quality"A Lady invested by several Lovers-From a Chaplain—Taliacotius-Bachelors Steele. 259. Journal of the Court of Honour
Addison and Steele. 260. Essay on Noses-Skill of Taliacotius
Addison and Steele. 261. Plan for the Encouragement of Wedlock-In
stance of Public Spirit-Celamico's Will · Steele. 262. Journal of the Court of Honour
Addison and Steele. 263. On the different Hours kept in Modern Times --College Hours-Early Hours
N° 210. SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 1710.
Sheer-lane, August 10. I DID myself the honour this day to make a visit to a lady of quality, who is one of those that are ever railing at the vices of the age; but mean only one vice, because it is the only vice they are not guilty of. She went so far as to fall foul on a young woman who has had imputations ; but whether they were just or not, no one knows but herself. However that is, she is in her present behaviour modest, humble, pious, and discreet. I thought it became me to bring this censorious lady to reason, and let her see she was a much more vicious woman than the person she spoke of.
Madam,' said I, you are very severe to this poor young woman, for a trespass which I believe Heaven has forgiven her, and for which, you see, she is for ever out of countenance.'— Nay, Mr. Bickerstaff,' she interrupted, if you at this time of day contradict people of virtue, and stand up for ill women-'-'No, no, Madam,' said I, 'not so fast; she is reclaimed, and I fear you never will be. Nay, nay, Madam, do not be in a passion; but let me tell you what you are.
You are indeed as good as your neighbours; but that is being very bad.
You are a
woman at the head of a family, and lead a perfect town-lady's life. You go on your own way, and consult nothing but your glass. What imperfections indeed you see there, you immediately mend as fast as you can.
may do the same by the faults I tell
you of; for they are much more in your power to correct.
You are to know then, that your visiting ladies, that
carry your virtue from house to house with so much prattle in each other's applause, and triumph over other people's faults, I grant you, have but the speculation of vice in your own conversations; but promote the practice of it in all others you have to do with.
' As for you, Madam, your time passes away in dressing, eating, sleeping, and praying. When you rise in a morning, I grant you an hour spent very well; but you come out to dress in so froward a humour, that the poor girl, who attends you, curses her very being in that she is your servant, for the peevish things you say to her. When this poor creature is put into a way, that good or evil are regarded but as they relieve her from the hours she has and must pass with you; the next you have to do with is your coachman and footmen. They convey your ladyship to church. While you are praying there, they are cursing, swearing, and drinking, in an alehouse. During the time also which your ladyship sets apart for Heaven, you are to know, that your cook is sweating and fretting in preparation for your dinner. Soon after
make visits, and the whole world that belongs to you speaks all the ill of you which you are repeating of others. You see, Madam, whatever way you go, all about you are in a very broad one. The morality of these people it is your proper business to inquire into; and until you reform them you had best let your equals alone;
your meal you