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THE SPECT A TO R.

V O L. - VIII.
No 556. Friday, June 18. 1714.

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furprising Change which has been produced in me, and which I look upon to be as remarkable an Accident as any recorded in History, since that which happened to the Son of Græsus, after having been many Years as much Tongue-tied as my self.

UPON the first opening of my Mouth, I made a Speech consisting of about half a Dozen well-turned Periods ; but grew so very hoarse upon it, that for three Days together, inftead of finding the use of my Tongue, I was afraid that I had quite lost it. Besides, the unusual Extension of my Muscles on this Occasion, made my Face ake on both Sides to such a Degree, that nothing but an invincible Resolution and Perseverance could have prevented me from falling back to my Monofyllables. 'I afterwards made several Essays towards speaking; and that I might not be startled at my own Voice, which : has happen'd to me more than once, I used to read aloud in my Chamber, and have often stood in the Middle of the Street to call a Coach, when I knew there was none within hearing.

WHEN I was thus grown pretty well acquainted with my own Voice, I laid hold of all Opportunities to exert it. Not caring however to speak much by my self, and to draw upon me the whole Attention of thote I conversed with, I used, for some time, to walk every Morning in the Mall, and talk in Chorus with a Parcel of Frenchmen. I found my Modesty greatly relieved by the communicative Temper of this Nation, who are so very fociable, as to think they are never better Company, than when they are all opening at the same time.

I then fancied I might receive great Benefit from Fe- . male Conversation, and that I should have a Convenience of talking with the greater Freedom, when I was not under any Impediment of thinking: I therefore threw my self into an Assembly of Ladies, but could not for my Life get in a Word among them; and found that if I did not change my Company, I was in Danger of being reduced to my primitive Taciturnity.

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of it, and shall think my self obliged, for the future, to speak always in Truth and Sincerity of Heart. Whilea Man is learning to fence, he practises both on Friend and Foe; but when he is a Master in the Art, he never exerts it but on what he thinks the right Side.

THAT this last Allusion may not give my Reader a wrong Idea of my Design in this paper, I must here inform him, that the Author of it is of no Faction, that he is a Friend to no Interests but those of Truth and Virtue, nor a Foe to any but those of Vice and Folly. Though I make more Noise in the World than I used to do, I am still resolved to act in it as an indifferent SPECTATOR. It is not my Ambition to increase the Number either of Whigs or Tories, but of wife and good Men, and I could heartily wish there were not Faults com mn to both parties, which afford me fufficient Matter to work upon, without descending to those which are peculiar to either.

IF in a Multitude of Counsellors there is Safety, we ought to think our felves the securest Nation in the World. Moft of our Garrets are inhabited by Statesmen, who watch over the Liberties of their Country, and make a Shift to keep themselves from starving, by taking into their Care the Properties of their FellowSubjects.

AS these Politicians of both sides have already worked the Nation into a most unnatural Ferment, I Thall be so far from endeavouring to raise it to a greater Height, that on the contrary, it shall be the chief Tendency of my Papers, to inspire my Countrymen with a mutual Good-will and Benevolence. Whatever Faults either Party may be guilty of, they are rather inflamed than cured by those Reproaches, which they caft upon one another. The most likely Method of rectifying any Man's Conduct, is, by recommending to him the Principles of Truth and Honour, Religion and Virtue ; and so long as he acts with an Eye to these Principles, whatever Party he is of, he cannot fail of being a good Englishman, and a Lover of his Country.

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