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" that he was lost if he did not persist. In this manner she
flew round and round the Room in a Moment, till the • Lady I spoke of above and Servants entered; upon • which she fell on a Couch as breathless. I still kept up « my Friend ; but he with a very filly Air, bid them • bring the Coach to the Door, and we went off, I « forced to bid the Coachman drive on. We were no • sooner come to my Lodgings, but all his Wife's Rela• tions came to inquire after him; and Mrs. Freeman's « Mother writ a Note, wherein she thought never to have « seen this Day, and so forth.
• IN a word, Sir, I am afraid we are upon a thing we • have no Talents for ; and I can observe already, my « Friend looks upon me rather as a Man that knows a • Weakness of him that he is ashamed of, than one who • has rescu'd him from Slavery. Mr. SPECTATOR, I • am but a young Fellow, and if Mr. Freeman submits, I • shall be looked upon as an Incendiary, and never get a • Wife as long as I breathe. He has indeed sent word « home he shall lie at Hampstead to-night; but I believe . Fear of the first Onset after this Rupture has too great « a Place in this Resolution. Mrs. Freeman has a very • pretty Sister; suppose I delivered him up, and articled. • with the Mother for her bringing him home. If he • has not Courage to stand it, (you are a great Casuift) • is it such an ill thing to bring my self off, as well as • I can? What makes me doubt my Man, is, that I • find he thinks it reasonable to expostulate at least with • her; and Captain SENTREY will tell you, if you let - your Orders be disputed, you are no longer a Com« mander. I wish you could advise me how to get clear « of this Business handsomly.
Yours, Tom Meggot.
********00000* No. 217. Thursday, November 8.
- Tunc fæmina fimplex,
Juv. Sat. 6. v. 326.
Th’assembled Females raise a general Cry. T Shall entertain my Reader to-day with some Letters 1 from my Correspondents. The first of them is the Description of a Club, whether real or imaginary, I cannot determine; but am apt to fancy, that the Writer of it, whoever she is, has formed a kind of Nocturnal Orgie out of her own Fancy: Whether this be so or not, her Letter may conduce to the Amendment of that Kind of Persons who are represented in it, and whose Characters are frequent enough in the World.
Mr. SpectaTOR, • YN fome of your first Papers you were pleased to give .the Publick a very diverting Account of several • Clubs and nocturnal Assemblies; but I am a Member • of a Society which has wholly escap'd your Notice, I • mean a Club of She-Romps. We take each an Hackney. • Coach, and meet once a Week in a large upper Cham• ber, which we hire by the Year for that Purpose; our • Landlord and his Family, who are quiet People, con< ftantly contriving to be abroad on our Club-Night. We 6. are no sooner come together, than we throw of all that • Modesty and Reservedness with which our Sex are • obliged to disguise themselves in publick places. I am
not able to express the Pleasure we enjoy from Ten at • Night till four in the Morning, in being as rude as • you Men can be for your Lives. As our Play runs • high, the Room is immediately fill'd with broken Fans, • torn Petticoats, Lappets or Head-dresses, Flounces, • Furbelows, Garters and Working-Aprons. I had for' got to tell you at first, that besides the Coaches we • come in ourselves, there is one which stands always
• empty to carry off our dead Men, for so we call all those • Fragments and Tatters with which the Room is strew'd,
and which we pack up together in Bundles and put in• to the aforesaid Coach: It is no small Diversion for us ' to meet the next Night at some Member's Chamber, • where every one is to pick out what belonged to her • from this confused Bundle of Silks, Stuffs, Laces, and • Ribbands. I have hitherto given you an Account of our
Diversion on ordinary Club-Nights; but must acquaint you further, that once a Month we demolis a Prude, that is, we get some queer formal Creature in among .us, and unrig her in an Instant. Our last Month's Prude ? was so armed and fortified in Whalebone and Buck
ram, that we had much ado to come at her ; but you would have died with laughing to have seen how the • sober aukward Thing looked when she was forced out
of her Intrenchments. In short, Sir, it is impoffible to give you a true Notion of our Sport, unless you would come one Night amongst us; and tho' it be di' rectly against the Rules of our Society to admit a Male • Visitant, we repose so much Confidence in your Silence " and Taciturnity, that it was agreed by the whole Club,
at our last Meeting, to give you Entrance for one Night ..as a Spectator.
I am your humble Servant,
Kitty Termagant. - P.S. We shall demolish a Prude next Thursday, - THO’I thank Kitty for her kind Offer, I do not at present find in my self any Inclination to venture my Person with her and her romping Companions. I Would regard my self as a second Clodius intruding on the mysterious Rites of the Bona Dea, and should apprehend being Demolished as much as the Prude. . THE following Letter comes from a Gentleman, whose Taste I find is much too delicate to endure the least Advance towards Romping. I may perhaps hereafter improve upon the Hint he has given me, and make it the Subject of a whole Spectator ; in the mean time take it as it follows in his own Words. ; .
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Mr. SPECTATOR, "It is my Misfortune to be in love with a young !I Creature who is daily committing Faults, which • though they give me the utmost Uneasiness, I know * not how to reprove her for, or even acquaint her with. ' She is pretty, dresses well, is rich, and good-humour'd; .but either wholly neglects, or has no Notion of that
which polite People have agreed to diftinguish by the • Name of Delicacy. After our Return from a Walk the
other Day she threw her self into an Elbow-Chair, and professed before a large Company, that she was all over in a Sweat. She told me this Afternoon that her Stoo mach ak’d; and was complaining Yefterday at Dinner
of something that stuck in her Teeth. I treated her with • a Basket of Fruit last Summer, which she eat fo very
greedily, as almost made me resolve never to see her * more. In short, Sir, I begin to tremble whenever I
see her about to speak or move. As she does not want Sense, if she takes these Hints I am happy; if not, I am more than afraid, that these Things which shock me . even in the Behaviour of a Mistress, will appear insup. portable in that of a Wife.
. I am, SIR, Yours, &c. MY next Letter comes from a Correspondent whom I cannot but very much value, upon the Account which she gives of herself.
Mr. SpectaTOR. "TAM happily arrived at a State of Tranquillity, which "I few People envy, I mean that of an old Maid; • therefore being wholly unconcerned in all that Medley • of Follies which our Sex is apt to contract from their • filly Fondness of yours, I read your Ralleries on us • without Provocation. I can say with Hamlet,
Man delights not me, * Nor Woman neither• Therefore, dear Sir, as you never spare your own Sex, • do not be afraid of reproving what is ridiculous in ours, " and you will oblige at least one Woman, who is Your Humble Servant, Susanna Frost.
Mr. SpecTATOR, "I Am Wife to a Clergyman, and cannot help think"1 ing that in your Tenth or Tithe Character of Wo• mankind you meant my self, therefore I have no " Quarrel against you for the other Nine Characters.
Your Humble Servant, A. B.
Friday, November 9.
Quid de quoque viro, & cui dicas, fæpe caveto.
Hor. Ép. 18. 1. 1. v..68..
Have a care
to a little Coffee-house beyond Aldgate ; and as I fat there, two or three very plain sensible Men were talking of the SPECTATOR. One said, he had that Morna ing drawn the great Benefit Ticket; another wished he had; but a third shaked his Head and said, It was pity that the Writer of that Paper was such a sort of Man, that it was no great Matter whether he had it or no. He is, it seems; said the good Man, the most extra. vagant Creature in the World; has run thro' vaft Sums, and yet been in continual Want; a Man, for all he talks so well of Oeconomy, unfit for any of the Offices of Life by reason of his Profuseness. It would be an unhappy Thing to be his Wife, his Child, or his Friend ; and yet he talks as well of those Duties of Life as any one. Much Reflexion has brought me to so easy a Contempt for every thing which is false, that this heavy Accusation gave me no manner of Uneasiness; but at the same time it threw me into deep Thought upon the Subject of Fame in general; and I could not but pity such as were so weak, as to value what the common People say out of their own talkative Temper to the Advantage or Diminution of those whom they mention, without being moved eis