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Prospects of Happiness in another World as well as in this, and deny them that which we look upon as the proper Means for attaining it?

SINCE I am engaged on this Subject, I cannot for. bear mentioning a Story which I have lately heard, and which is so well attefted, that I have no manner of reason to suspect the Truth of it. I may call it a kind of wild Tragedy that passed about twelve Years ago at St. Christophers, one of our British Leeward Islands. The Negroes who were the Persons concern'd in it, were all of them the Slaves of a Gentleman who is now in England.

THIS Gentleman among his Negroes had a young Woman, who was looked upon as a moft extraordinary Beauty by those of her own Complexion. He had at the same time two young Fellows who were likewise Negroes and Slaves, remarkable for the Comeliness of their Persons, and for the Friendship which they bore to one another. It unfortunately happened that both of them fell in love with the Female Negro above-mentioned, who would have been very glad to have taken either of them for her Husband, provided they could agree between themselves which should be the Man. But they were both so passionately, in love with her, that neither of them could think of giving her up to his Rival; and at the same time were so true to one another, that neither of them would think of gaining her without his Friend's Consent. The Torments of these two Lovers were the Discourse of the Family to which they belonged, who could not forbear observing the strange Complication of Passions which perplexed the Hearts of the poor Negroes, that often dropped Expressions of the Uneasiness they underwent, and how impoflible it was for either of them ever to be happy.

AFTER a long Struggle between Love and Friendfhip, Truth and Jealousy, they one Day took a Walk together into a Wood, carrying their Mistress along with them: Where after abundance of Lamentations, they stabbed her to the Heart, of which she immediately died. A Slave who was at his Work not far from the Place where this astonishing Piece of Cruelty was committed, hearing the Shrieks of the dying Person, ran to see what

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was the Occasion of them. He there discovered the Woman lying dead upon the Ground, with the two Negroes on each side of her, kissing the dead Corps, weeping over it, and beating their Breasts in the utmost Agonies of Grief and Despair. He immediately ran to the English Family with the News of what he had seen; who upon coming to the Place faw the Woman dead, and the two Negroes expiring by her with Wounds they had given themselves.

WE see in this amazing Instance of Barbarity, what strange Disorders are bred in the Minds of those Men whose Passions are not regulated by Virtue, and disciplined by Reason. Tho' the Action which I have recited is in it felf full of Guilt and Horror, it proceedeu from a Temper of Mind which might have produced very noble Fruits, had it been informed and guided by a suitable Education.

IT is therefore an unspeakable Blessing to be born in those Parts of the World where Wisdom and Knowledge flourish; tho’ it must be confess'd, there are, even in these Parts, several poor uninstructed Persons, who are but little above the Inhabitants of those Nations of which I have been here fpeaking; as those who have had the Advartages of a more liberal Education, rise above one another by several different Degrees of Perfection. For to return to our Statue in the Block of Marble, we see it fometimes only begun to be chipped, sometimes roughhewn, and but just sketched into an human Figure ; sometimes we see the Man appearing distinctly in all his Limbs and Features, sometimes we find the Figure wrought up to a great Elegancy, bút feldom meet with any to · which the Hand of Phidias or Praxitelles could not give several nice Touches and Finishings.

DISCOURSES of Morality, and Reflexions upon human Nature, are the best Means we can make use of to improve our Minds, and gain a true Knowledge of our selves, and consequently to recover our Souls out of the Vice, Ignorance, and Prejudice, which naturally cleave to them. I have all along profeft my self in this paper à Promoter of these great Ends ; and I flatter my self that I do from Day to Day contribute something to the po:

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lifhing of Men's Minds: at least my Design is laudable, whatever the Execution may be. I must confefs I am not a little encouraged in it by many Letters which I receive from unknown Hands, in Approbation of my Endea. vours; and must take this opportunity of returning my Thanks to those who write them, and excusing my self for not inserting several of them in my Papers, which I am sensible would be a very great Ornament to them. Should I publish the Praises which are so well penned, they would do Honour to the Persons who write them, but my publishing of them would I fear be a sufficient Instance to the World that I did not deserve them. . C

No. 216. Wednesday, November 7.

· Siquidem herelè poffis, nil prius, neque fortius;
Verùm fi incipies, neque perficies naviter,

Atqué, ubi pati non poteris, cùm nemo expetet, :
Infeétâ pace, ultrò ad eam venies, indicans .
Te amare, & ferre non poffe : A&um eft, ilicet,
Perifti: eludet, ubi te vi&tum fenferit.

Ter. Eun. A&. 1. Sc. 1.
If indeed you can keep to your Resolution, you will act a

noble and a manly part: but if, when you have set about it, your Courage fails you, and you make a voluntary Submission, acknowledging the Violence of your Paffion, and your Inability to hold out any longer; all's over with you; you are undone, and may go hang your self; she will insult over you, when she finds you her Slave.

To Mr. SpectATOR. SIR,

T HIS is to inform you, that Mr. Freeman had no { 1 sooner taken Coach, but his Lady was taken

with a terrible Fit of the Vapours, which 'tis feared I will make her miscarry, if not endanger her Life ; " therefore, dear Sir, if you know of any Receipt that is good against this fashionable reigning Diftemper, be

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* pleased to communicate it for the Good of the Publick, and you will oblige

Yours,

A. NOEWILL. - Mr. SPECTATOR,

T HE Uproar was so great as soon as I had read.

1 the Spectator concerning Mrs. Freeman, that af• ter many Revolutions in her Temper, of raging, swoon• ing, railing, fainting, pitying herself, and reviling her • Husband, upon an accidental coming in of a neighbour• ing Lady (who says she has writ to you also) The had • nothing left for it but to fall in a Fit. I had the Ho.

nour to read the Paper to her, and have a pretty good • Command of my Countenance and Temper on such • Occasions; and foon found my historical Name to be Tom Meggot in your Writings, but concealed my self • till I saw how it affected Mrs. Freeman. She looked

frequently at her Husband, as often at me; and the • did not tremble as the filled Tea, till she came to the • Circumstance of Armstrong's writing out a Piece of Tully for an Opera Tune: Then she burst out, She was • exposed, she was deceiv'd, she was wronged and abused. "The Tea-cup was thrown in the Fire; and without ! taking Vengeance on her Spouse, she said of me, That • I was a pretending Coxcomb, a Medler that knew not • what it was to interpose in so nice an Affair as between ..a Man and his Wife. To which Mr. Freeman, Madam, • were I less fond of you than I am, I should not have « taken this Way of writing to the SPECTATOR, to

inform a Woman whom God and Nature has placed ' under my direction, with what I request of her ; but

since you are so indiscreet as not to take the Hint ' which I gave you in that Paper, I must tell you, Ma• dam, in so many Words, that you have for a long and ! tedious Space of Time acted a Part unsuitable to the • Sense you ought to have of the Subordination in which ' you are placed. And I must acquaint you once for all,

that the Fellow without, ha Tom! (here the Footman ! entered and answered Madam) Sirrah don't you know 'my Voice ? look upon me when I speak to you: I say,

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o Madam,

• Madam, this. Fellow, here is to know of me my self, o whether I am at Leisure to see Company or not. I am • from this Hour Master of this House; and my Business

in it, and every where else, is to behave my self in suck « a manner, as it shall be hereafter an Honour to you to • bear my Name; and your Pride, that you are the De• light, the Darling and Ornament of a Man of Honour, • useful and esteemed by his Friends; and I no longer • one that has buried some Merit in the World, in Com• pliance to a froward Humour which has grown upon • an agreeable Woman by his Indulgence. Mr. Freeman • ended this with a Tenderness in his Aspect and a down• cast Eye, which thewed he was extremely moved at the • Anguish he saw her in; for she sát swelling with Par• fion, and her Eyes firmly fixed on the Fire; when • I, fearing he would lose all again, took upon me to . provoke her out of that amiable Sorrow she was in, to • fall upon me; upon which I said very seasonably for • my Friend, That indeed Mr. Freeman was become the • common Talk of the Town; and that nothing was so much a Jeft, as when it was said in Company Mr. Free

man has Promised to come to such a Place. Upon which • the good Lady turned her softness into downright • Rage, and threw the scalding Tea-kettle upon your • humble Servant; flew into the middle of the Room, "and cried out she was the unfortunatest of all Women: • Others kept Family Diffatisfactions for Hours of Pri“ vacy and Retirement : No Apology was to be made to

her, no Expedient to be found, no previous Manner of • breaking what was amiss in her; but all the World was 4 to be acquainted with her Errors, without the least Ad• monition. Mr. Freeman was going to make a soft'ning • Speech, but I interposed; Look you, Madam, I have • nothing to say to this Matter, but you ought to con• sider you are now past a Chicken ; this Humour, which • was well enough in a Girl, is insufferable in one of ' your motherly Character. With that the loft all Pa

tience, and flew directly at her Husband's Periwig. I • got her in my Arms, and defended my Friend: He ' making Signs at the same time that it was too much ; : I beckoning, nodding, and frowning over her Shoulder,

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