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Query 1. What figure doth this lady think her lover will appear in? or what symptoms will he betray of his passion upon being touched?
2. Whether a touch of her fan may not have the same efficacy as a touch of Ithuriel's spear?
• Great Lincoln's-Inn Square, Nov. 29. · HONOURED SIR, • Gratitude obliges me to make this public acknowledgment of the eminent service you have done myself in particular, and the whole body of chaplains, I hope, in general. Coming home on Sunday about dinner-time, I found things strangely altered for the better; the porter smiled in my face when he let me in, the footman bowed to me as I passed him, steward shook me by the hand, and Mrs. Beatrice dropped me a courtesy as she went along. I was surprised at all this civility, and knew not to what I might ascribe it, except to my bright beaver and shining scarf, that were new that day. But I was still more astonished to find such an agreeable change at the table. My lord helped me to a fat slice of venison with his own hand, and my lady did me the honour to drink to me. I offered to rise at my usual time; but was desired to sit still, with this kind expression,“ Come, doctor, a jelly or a conserve will do you no harm; do not be afraid of the dessert." I
was so confounded with the favour, that I returned my thanks in a most awkward manner, wondering what was the meaning of this total transformation: but my lord
soon put an end to my admiration, by shewing me a paper that challenged you, Sir, for its author; and rallied me very agreeably on the subject, asking me, “Which was best handled, the lord or his chaplain ?" I owned myself to think the banter sharpest against ourselves, and that these were trifling matters, not fit for a philosopher to insist on. His
lordship was in so good a humour, that he ordered me to return his thanks with my own: and my lady joins in the same, with this one exception to your Paper, that the chaplain in her family was always allowed minced pies from Allhallows to Candlemas. I am, Sir, your most obliged, humble servant,
T. W.' Requires no answer.
• MR. CENSOR,
Oxford, Nov. 27. I have read your account of Nova Zembla with great pleasure, and have ordered it to be transcribed in a little hand, and inserted in Mr. Tonson's late edition of Hudibras. I could wish you would furnish us with more notes upon that author, to fill up the place of those dull annotations with which several editions of that book have been encumbered. I would particularly desire of you to give the world the story of Taliacotius, who makes a very eminent figure in the first canto; not having been able to meet with any account of the said Taliacotius in the writings of any other author. . I am, with the most profound respect, the most humble of your admirers,
Q. Z.' To be answered next Thursday, if nothing more material intervenes.
• MR. CENSOR, ' In your survey of the people, you must have observed crowds of single persons that are qualified to increase the subjects of this glorious island, and yet neglect that duty to their country. In order to reclaim such persons, I lay before you this proposal. No 259. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1710.
Your most obedient servant, TH. CL*' This to be considered on Saturday next,
* Thomas Clement,
Vexat censura columbas. Juv. Sat. ji. 63. Censure acquits the crow, condemns the dove.—Anon. A Continuation of the Journal of the Court of Honour, held in Sheer-lane, on Monday the twentyseventh of November, before Isaac BICKER
STAFF, Esq. Censor of Great Britain. ELIZABETH MAKEBATE, of the parish of St. Catherine's, spinster, was indicted for surreptitiously taking away the hassock from under the Lady Grave-Airs, between the hours of four and five, on Sunday the 26th of November. The prosecutor deposed, that as she stood up to make a courtesy to a person of quality in a neighbouring pew, the criminal conveyed away the hassock by stealth; insomuch, that the prosecutor was obliged to sit all the while she was at church, or to say her
in posture that did not become a woman of her quality.' The prisoner pleaded inadvertency; and the jury were going to bring it in chance-medley, had not several witnesses been produced against the said Elizabeth Makebate, that she was an old offender, and a woman of a bad reputation. It appeared, in particular, that, on the Sunday before, she had detracted from a new petticoat of Mrs. Mary Doelittle, having said, in the hearing of several credible witnesses, that the said petticoat was scoured,' to the great grief and detriment of the said Mary Doelittle. There were likewise many evidences produced against the criminal, that though she never failed to come to church on Sunday, she was a most notorious sabbath-breaker; and that she spent her
whole time, during divine service, in disparaging other people's clothes, and whispering to those who sat next her. Upon the whole she was found guilty of the indictment, and received sentence, “to ask pardon of the prosecutor upon her bare knees, without either cushion or hassock under her, in the face of the court.'
N. B. As soon as the sentence was executed on the criminal, which was done in open court with the utmost severity, the first lady of the bench on Mr. Bickerstaff's right hand stood up, and made a motion to the court, that whereas it was impossible for women of fashion to dress themselves before the church was half done; and whereas many confusions and inconveniences did arise thereupon ; it might be lawful for them to send a footman in order to keep their places, as was usual in other polite and well-regulated assemblies. The motion was ordered to be entered in the books, and considered at a more convenient time.
Charles Cambrick, linen-draper, in the city of Westminster, was indicted for speaking obscenely to the Lady Penelope Touchwood. It appeared, that the prosecutor and her woman going in a stage-coach from London to Brentford, where they were to be met by the lady's own chariot, the criminal and another of his acquaintance travelled with them in the same coach, at which time the prisoner talked bawdy for
of three miles and a half. The prosecutor alleged, that over-against the Old Fox at Knightsbridge he mentioned the word linen ; that at the farther end of Kensington he made use of the term smock ; and that, before he came to Hammersmith, he talked almost a quarter of an hour upon weddingshifts.' The prosecutor's woman confirmed what her lady had said, and added farther, that she had never seen her lady in so great a confusion, and in such a
taking as she was during the whole discourse of the criminal.' The prisoner had little to say for himself, but that he talked only in his own trade, and meant no hurt by what he said. The jury, however, found him guilty, and represented by their forewoman, that such discourses were apt to sully the imagination; and that by a concatenation of ideas, the word linen implied many things, that were not proper to be stirred up in the mind of a woman who was of the prosec tor's quality, and therefore gave it as their verdict,
that the linen-draper should lose his tongue.' Mr. Bickerstaff said, he thought the prosecutor's ears were as much to blame as the prisoner's tongue, and therefore gave sentence as follows: 'that they should both be placed over-against one another in the midst of the court, there to remain for the
space quarter of an hour; during which time the linendraper was to be gagged, and the lady to hold her hands close upon both her ears;' which was executed accordingly.
Edward Callicoat was indicted as an accomplice to Charles Cambrick, for that he the said Edward Callicoat did, by his silence and smiles, seem to approve and abet the said Charles Cambrick in every thing he said. It appeared, that the prisoner was foreman of the shop to the aforesaid Charles Cambrick, and, by this post, obliged to smile at every thing that the other should be pleased to say: upon which he was acquitted.
Josiah Shallow was indicted in the name of Dame Winifred, sole relict of Richard Dainty, Esq. for having said several times in company, and in the hearing of several persons there present, “ that he was extremely obliged to the widow Dainty, and that he should never be able sufficiently to express
his gratitude. The prosecutor urged, that this might blast her reputation, and that it was in effect a