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persons who are represented in it, and a male visitant, we repose so much conwhose characters are frequent enough in fidence in your filence and taciturnity, the world.

that it was agreed by the whole club,

at our last meeting, to give you entrance MR. SPECTATOR,

for one night as a spectator. I am your I N some of your papers you were pleaf- humble fervant, ed to give the public a very divert

Kitty TERMAGANT. ing account of several clubs and noc

P. S. We shall demolish a prude next turnal assemblies; but I am a member of a society which has wholly escaped Thursday. your notice, I mean a club of Sheronps. We take each a hackney Though I thank Kitty for her kind coach, and meet once a week in a large offer, I do not at present find in myself upper chamber, which we hire by the any inclination to venture my person year for that purpose; our landlord and with her and her romping companions, his family, who are quiet people, con I should regard myself as a second Cloftantly contriving to be abroad on our dius, intruding on the mysterious rites, club-night. We are no sooner come of the Bona Dea, and should apprehend together, than we throw off all that mo being demolished as much as the prude. deity and reservedness with which our The following letter comes from a sex are obliged to disguise themselves in gentleman, whose taste I find is much public places. I am not able to express too delicate to endure the lealt advance the pleasure we enjoy from ten at night towards romping. I may perhaps hereuntil four in the morning, in being as after iinprove upon the hint he has given rude as you men can be for your

lives, me, and make it the subject of a whole As our play runs high, the room is Spectator; in the mean time take it as it immediately filled with broken fans, follows in his own words. torn petticoats, lappets, or, head-drelles, flounces, furbelows, garters, and

MR, SPECTATOR, working aprons:

I had forgot to tell you at first, that besides the coaches IT is my misfortune to be in love with

a young creature who is daily comwe come in ourselves, there is one which

mitting faults, which though they give ftands always empty to carry off our dead men, for so we call all those frag- how to reprove her for, or even acquaint

me the utmost uneasiness, I know not ments and tatters with which the room

her with. She is pretty, dresses well, is strewed, and which we pack up to

is rich, and good-humoured; but either gether in bundles and put into the aforefaid coach: it is no linall diversion for wholly neglects, or has no notion of

that which polite people have agreed to us to ineet the next night at some meinber's chamber, where every one is to

distinguish by the name of Delicacy.

After our return from a walk the other pick out what belonged to her from this day, the threw herself into an elbowconfused bundle of filks, stuffs, laces, chair, and professed before a farge comand ribbons. I have hitherto given you an account of our diversion on ordinary She told me this afternoon, that her

pany, that she was all over in a sweat. club-nights; but must acquaint you stomach aked; and was complaining further, that once a month we demolish

yetterday at dinner of something that a prude, that is, we get some queer

iftuck in her teeth.' I treated her with formal creature in among us, and un

a baiket of fruit last summer, which she rig her in an instant. Our last month's prude was fo armed and fortified in resolve never to see her more. In Mhort,

eat fo very greedily, as almost made me whalebone and buckram, that we had Sir, I begin to tremble whenever I see much ado to come at her; but you her about to speak or move. As me would have died with laughing to have feen how the sober aukward thing look. hints I am happy; if not, I am more

does not want sense, if the takes these ed when she was forced out of her in- than afraid, that these things which trenchments. In short, Sir, it is im- Mock me even in the behaviour of a possible to give you a true notion of our mistress, will appear in fupportable in {port, unleis you would come one night that of a wife. amongst us; and though it be directly

I am, Sir, yours, &c. against the gules of our society to admit


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My next letter comes from a corre. Therefore, dear Sir, as you never spare spondent whom I cannot but very much your own sex, do not be afraid of revalue upon the account which the gives proving what is ridiculous in ours, and of herfeif.

you will oblige at least one woman, who

is your humble servant, MR. SPECTATOR,


Am happily arrived at a state of tran.

quillity, which few people envy, I mean that of an old maid; therefore be

MR. SPECTATOR, ing wholly uncorcerned in all that med. I Am wife to a clergyman, and can; ley of follies which our fex is apt to not help thinking that in your tenth contract from their filly fondnels of or tithe character of womankind you yotirs, I read your railleries on us meant myself; therefore I have no quarwithout provocation. I can say with rel againit you for the other nine chaHamlet

racters. Your humble servant, Man delights not me,

A. Bi Nor woman neither.



Hor. Er. XVIII. LIB. 1. VER. 68.



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is, to itroll into a little coffee-house ther by malice or good-will. It will beyond Aldgate; and as I sat there, be too long to expatiate upon the sense two or three very plain fentible men all mankind have of fame, and the inwere talking of the Spectator. One expressible pleasure which there is in the said, that he had that morning drawn approbation of worthy men, to all who the great benefit-ticket; another withed are capable of worthy actions; but me. he had; but a third thaked his head and thinks one may divide the general word said, it was pity that the writer of that Fame into three different fpecies, as it paper was such a sort of man, that it regards the different orders of mankind was no great matter whether he had it who have any thing to do with it.

He is, it seems,' said the Fame, therefore, may be divided into good man, 'the moit extravagant crea- glory, which respects the hero; reputa.

ture in the world; has run through tion, which is preserved by every gene « vait lums, and yet been in continual tleinan; and credit, which must be sup

want; a man, for all he talks so well ported by every tradesman. These por

of economy, unfit for any of the of- fesfions in fame are dearer than life to • fices of life by reason of liis profuse- those characters of men, or rather are

ness. It would be an unhappy thing the life of these characters. Glory, • to be his wife, his child, or his friend; while the hero pursues great and noble ' and yet he talks as well of those du- enterprizes, is impregnable; and all the

ties of life as any one.' Much reflec- assailants of his renown do but shew their tion has brought me to so easy a con pain and impatience of it's brightness, tempt for every thing which is false, that without throwing the least shade upon this heavy accusation gave me no inan. it. If the foundation of an high name ner of uneasiness; but at the same time be virtue and service, all that is offered it threw me into deep thought upon the against it is but rumour, which is too subject of fame in general; and I could nort-lived to stand up in competition not but pity such as were so weak, as with glory, which is everlasting: to value what the common people say Reputation, which is the portion of out of their own talkative temper to the every man who would live with the eleadvantage or diminution of those whom gant and knowing part of mankind, is

as stable as glory, if it be well founded; a free and generous fortune may in a · and the common cause of human fo- few days be reduced to beggary. How

ciety is thought concerned when we hear little does a giddy prater imagine, that a man of good behaviour calumniated : an idle phrase to the disfavour of a merbesides which, according to a prevailing chant may be as pernicious in the concuitom amongst us, every man has his fequence, as the forgery of a deed to defence in his own arm: and reproach bar an inheritance would be to a gentleis soon checked, put out of countenance, man! Land Itands where it did before a and overtaken by disgrace.

gentleman was calumniated, and the The most unhappy of all men, and Itate of a great action is just as it was the most exposed to the malignity and before calumny was offered to diminish wantonness of the common voice, is the it; there is time, place, and occasion, trader. Credit is undone in whispers. expected to unravel all that is contrived The tradesman's wound is received from against those characters; but the trader one who is more private and more cruel who is ready only for probable demands than the ruffian with the lanthorn and upon him, can have no armour against dagger. The manner of repeating a the inquisitive, the malicious, and the man's name; as—' Mr. Cash, oh! do envious, who are prepared to fill the

you leave your money at his shop? cry to his dishonour. Fire and sword .-Why, do you know Mr. Searoom? are llow engines of destruction, in com• He is indeed a general merchant.' I parison of the babbler in the case of the say, I have seen, from the iteration of merchant. a man's name, hiding one thought of For this reason I thought it an imihim, and explaining what you hide, by table piece of humanity of a gentleman saying something to his advantage when of my acquaintance, who had great you speak, a merchant hurt in his credit; riety of affairs, and used to talk with and him who every day he lived, lite- warmth enough against gentlemen by rally added to the value of his native whom he thought himself ill dealt with; country, undone by one who was only but he would never let any thing be a burden and a blemish to it. Since urged against a merchant, with whom every body who knows the world is sen- he had any difference, except in a court fible of this great evil, how careful of justice. He used to fay, that to ought a man to be in his language of a speak ill of a merchant, was to begin merchant! It may possibly be in the his fuit with judgment and execution. power of a very shallow creature to lay One cannot, I think, say more on this the ruin of the best family in the most occasion, than to repeat, that the merit opulent city; and the more so, the more of the merchant is above that of all other highly he deserves of his country; that subjects; for while he is untouched in is to say, the farther he places his wealth his credit, his hand-writing is a more out of his bands, to draw home that of portable coin for the service of his felanother climate.

low-citizens, and his word the gold of In this case an ill word may change Ophir to the country wherein he resides. plenty into want, and by a rath sentence





OviD. MET. LIB. XIII. VER. 141.



HERE are but few men who are in the little circle of their friends and

not ambitious of distinguishing acquaintance. The poorest mechanic, themselves in the nation or country where nay, the man who lives upon common they live, and of growing considerable alms, gets him his set of admirers, and among those with whom they converse. delights in that superiority which he There is a kind of grandeur and respect, enjoys over those who are in some rewhich the meanett and most infignificant ipects beneath him. This ambition, part of mankind endeavouri' to procure which is natural to the soul of man,


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