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246. On a Censorious Disposition Letters to De-
--And Answer by Mrs. Jenny Distaff: Steele.
251. On Virtuous Independence- Where true Hap-
255. Letter from a Chaplain-Thoughts on the
258. Letter on the Use of the Phrase North Briton :
Swift, Prior, Rowe--On" a Person of Quality":
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