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ven out of one Limb into another, their Superfluity of ! Ornaments, instead of being enţirely Banished, seems

only fallen from their Heads upon their lower Parts, • What they have loft in Heighth they make up in s Breadth, and contrary to all Rules of Architecture widen ? the Foundations at the same time that they shorten the * Superstructure. Were they, like Spanish Jennets, to • impregnate by the Wind, they could not have thought ! on a more proper Invention, But as we do not yet hear

any particular Use in this Petticoat, or that it contains ! any thing more than what was supposed to be in chose

of fcantier Make, we are wonderfully at a Loss about

:-THE Women give, out, in Defence of these wide "Bottoms, that they are Airy, and very proper for the • Season, but this I look upon to be only a Pretence, and sa Piece of Art, for it is well known we have not had a

more moderate Summer chese many Years, so that it is * certain the Heat they complain of cannot be in the Wea

ther : Besides, I would fáin ask these tender-conftirui tioned Ladies, why they should require morę Cooling than their Mothers before them. "I find several Speculative Persons are of Opinion that our Sex has of late Years been very Saucy, and that the “ Hoop Petticoat is made use of to keep us at a Distance, ! It is most certain that a Woman's Honour cannot be • better entrenched than after this manner, in Circle withe 4 in Circle, amidf such a Variety of Out-works and Lines

of Circumvallation. A Female who is thus invelted in o Whale - Bone is sufficiently secured againft the Ap, s proaches of an ill-bred Fellow, who might as well think

of Sir George Etheridge's way of making Love in a Tube . as in the midst of so many Hoops,

IAMONG these various Conie&ures, there are Men

of Superftitious Tempers, who look upon the Hoop* Petticoat as a kind of Prodigy, Some will haye it thap • it portends the Downfall of the French King, and ob

o serve that the Farthingale appeared in England a little ..before the Ruin of the Spanish Monarchy, Others are sof Opinion that it foretells Battel and Blood-haed, and

believe it of the fame Prognostication as the Tail of a Blazing Star, Formy part, I am apt to think it is a siga Hz

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that Multitudes are coming into the World, rather than * going out of it.' $ THE first time I sawa Lady dressed in one of these • Petticoats, I could not forbear blaming her in my own

Thoughts for walking abroad when she was so near her Time, but foon recovered my self out of my Error, when * I found all the Modish Part of the Sex as far gone as her * self. It is generally thought some crafty Women have • thus betrayed their Companions into Hoops, that

they might make them accessary to their own Con.

cealnients, and by that means escape the Censure of o the World; as wary Generals have sometimes dressed S two or three Dozen of their Friends in their own Habit, " that they might not draw upon themselves any particu. slar Attacks from the Enemy. The strutting Petticoat 6 smooths all Distinctions, levels the Mother with the " Daughter, and set's Maids and Matrons, Wives and 6 Widows, upon the fame Bottom. In the mean while, « I cannot but be troubled to see so many well-shaped in• nocent Virgins bloated up, and waddling up and down like big-bellied Women,

n is SHOULD this Fashion get among the ordinary

People our publick Ways would be fo crouded that we s should want Street-rooin. Several Congregations of • the beft Fashion find themselves already very much * ftreightned, and if the Mode encrease I wish it may s not drive many ordinary Women into Meetings and • Conventicles. Should our Sex at the same time take it r into their Heads to wear Trunk Breeches (as who knows s what their Indignation at this Female Treatment may • drive them to) a Man and his Wife would fill a whole

Pew IS YOU know, Sir, it is recorded of Alexander the • Great, that in his Indian Expedition he buried several « Suits of Armour which by his Directions were made o much too big for any of his Soldiers, in order to give s Pofterity an extraordinary Idea of him, and make them • believe he had commanded an tArmy of Giants. I am ' persuaded that it one of the present Petticoats happens "to be hung up in any Repository of Curiosities, it will * lead into the same Error the Generations that lie some

Removes from us; unless we can believe our Posterity

« will think so disrespectfully of their Great Grand-Mo. .thers, that they made themselves Monstrous to appear « Amiable. . . . .:WHEN I survey this new-fashioned Rotonda in all • its Parts, I cannot but think of the old Philosopher, who « after having entered into an Egyptian Temple, and look?ed about for the Idol of the Place, at length discovered a • little Black Monkey enshrined in the midst of it, upon

which he could not forbear crying out, (to the great • Scandal of the Worshippers) What a magnificent Palace is here for such a ridiculous Inhabitant? I THOUGH you have taken a Resolucion, in one

of your Papers, to avoid descending to Particularities ! of Dress, I believe you will not think it below you, on • so extraordinary an Occasion, to Unhoop the fair Sex, • and cure this fashionable Tympany that is got among • them. I am apt to think the Petticoat will shrink of its ! own Accord at your first coming to Town; at least a « Touch of your Pen will make it contract it self, like the • Sensitive Plant, and by that Means oblige several who • are either terrified or astonished at this portentous No? velty, and among the rest,

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- --Concordia discors, :

Luc. OMEN in their Nature are much more gay and

joyous than Men; whether it be that their Blood

is more refined, their Fibres more delicate, and their animal Spirits more light and volatile; or whether, as some have imagined, there may not be a kind of Sex in the very Soul, I shall not pretend to determine. As Vivacity is the Gift of Women, Gravity is that of Men. They should each of them therefore keep a Watch upon the particular Biass which Nature has fixed in their Minds, that it may not draw too much, and lead them out of the H 3

Paths Paths of Reason. This will certainly happen, if the one in every word and Action affects the Character of being rigid and severe, and the other of being brisk and airy. Men should beware of being captivated by a kind of savage Philosophy, Women by a thoughtless Gallantry. Where these Precautions are not observed, the Man often dege. nerates into a Cynick, the Woman into a Coquet, the Man grows fullen and morose, the Woman impertinent and fantastical,

B Y what I have said, we may conclude, Men and Wo. men mere made as Counterparts to one another, that the Pains and Anxieties of the Husband might be relieved by the Sprightliness and good Humour of the Wife. When there are rightly tempered, Care and Cheartulness go Hand in Hand, and the Family, like a Ship that is duly trimined, wants neither Sail nor Ballast.

NATURAL Historians observe, (for whild I am in wie Country I must fetch my Allusions from thence) That only the Male Birds have Voices, That their Songs begin a little before Breeding-time, and end a little after : That whilst the Hen is covering her Eggs, the Male generally takes his Stand upon a neighbouring Bough within her Hearing; and by that meanis amuses and diverts her with his Songs during the whole Time of her Sitting,

THIS Contract among Birds lasts no longer than till a Brood of young ones arises from it ; so that in the fea. ther'd Kind, the Cares and Fatigues of the married State, if · I may so call it, lie principally upon the Female. On the con

trary, as in our Species the Man and the Woman are joined together for Life, and the main Burthen rests upon the former, Nature has given all the little Arts of Soothing and Blandishment to the Female, that she may chear and animate her Companion in a constant and assiduous Application to the making a Provision for his family, and the educating of their common Children. This however is not to be taken fo ftri&tly, as if the same Duries were not of. ten reciprocal, and incumbent on both Parties; but only to set forth what seems to have been the general Intention of Nature, in the different Inclinations and Endowments which are bestowed on the different Sexes,

BUT whatever was the Reason that Man and Woman were made with this Variety of Temper, if we observe

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the Conduct of the fair Sex, we find that they chuse rather to associate themselves with a Person who resembles them in that light and volatile Humour which is natural to them, than to such as are qualified to moderate and counter-ballance it. It has been an old Complaint, That the Coxcomb carries it with them before the Man of Sense. When we see a Fellow loud and talkative, full of insipid Life and Laughter, we may venture to pronounce him a female Favourite : Noise and Flutter are such Accomplishments as they cannot withstand. To be short, the Passion of an ordinary Woman for a Man is nothing else but Selflove diverted upon another Object : She would have the Lover a Womanin every thing but her Sex, I do not know a finer Piece of Satyr on this part of Womankind, than those Lines of Mr. Dryden,

Our thoughtlefs Sex is caught by outward Form

And empery Noise, and loves it self in Man. THIS is a Source of infinite Calamities to the Sex, as it frequently joins them to Men who in their own

Thoughts are as fine Creatures as themselves; or if they - chance to be good-humoured, serve only to dissipate their

Fortunes, inflame their Follies, and aggravate their In-
discretions.
. THE same female Levity is no less fatal to them after
Marriage than before : It represents to their Imaginations
the faithful prudent Husband as an honest, tractable and
domestic Animal; and turns their Thoughts upon the fine
gay Gentleman that laughs, fings, and dresles so mucha
more agreeably.

A S.this irregular Vivacity of Temper leads aftray the Hearts of ordinary Women in the Choice of their Lovers and the Treatment of their Husbands, it operates with the same pernicious Influence towards their Children, who are taught to accomplish themselves in all those sublime Perfections that appear captivating in the Eye of their Mo. ther. She admircs in her Son what she loved in her Gallant; and by that means contributes all she can to perpetuate her self in a worthless Progeny. .

The younger Faustina was a lively Instance of this fort of Women. Notwithstanding she was married to Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest, wiseft, and best of the Roman H 4

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