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WILLIAM HONEYCOMB, Esq.
HE seven former volumes of the Specta.
the most celebrated persons of the age, I take leave to inscribe this eighth and last to you, as to a gentleman who has ever been ambitia ous of appearing in the best company.
You are now wholly retired from the busy part of mankind, and at leisure to reflect upon your past achievements; for which reafull I look upon you as a person very well quali. fied for a Dedication.
I MAY poffibly disappoint my readers, and yourself too, if I do not endeavour on this occasion to make the world acquainted with your virtues. And here, Sir, I shall not coin-> pliment you upon your birth, person, or for-tune; nor any other the like perfections, which you poffefs whether you will or no : but shall only touch upon those which are of your own. acquiring, and' in which every one must allow you have a real merit. 30104 VOL. VIII. t.
Your janty air, and easy motion, the volubility of your discourse, the suddenness of your laugh, the management of your fnuffbox, with the whiteness of your hands and teeth, (which have justly gained you the envy of the most polite part of the male world, and the love of the greatest beauties in the terale), are entirely to be afcribed to your own personal genius and application.
You are formed for these accomplishments by a happy turn of nature, and have finished yourself in them by the utmost improvements
A man that is defective in either of these qualifications (whatever may be the secret ambition of his heart) must never hope to make the figure you have done, among the fashionable part of his species. It is therefore no wonder we see such multitudes of aspiring young men fall short of you in all these beau. ties of your character, notwithstanding the study and practice of them is the whole businefs of their lives. But I need not tell you that the free and disengaged behaviour of a fine gentleman makes as many awkward beaux, as the easiness of your favourite Waller hath made insipid poets.
At present you are content to aim all
your charms at your own spouse, without farther
thought of mischief to any others of the sex. I know you had formerly a very great contempt for that pedantic race of mortals who. call themselves philosophers; and yet, to your honour be it fpoken, there is not a sage of them all could have better 'acted up to their precepts in one of the most important points
of life ;: I mean, in that generous disregard of · popular opinion which you shewed fome years
wife an obscure young woman, who doth not indeed pretend. to an ancient family, but has certainly as many forefathers as any lady in the land, if the could but reckon up their names.
you chose for
I MUST own I conceived very extraordinary hopes of you from the moment that fessed your age, and from eight and forty, (where you had stuck so many years). very ingeniously stepped into your grand climacteric. Your deportment has since been very venerable and becoming. If I am rightly inform .. ed, you make a regular appearance every quarter-fessions among your brothers of the quorum ; and if things go on as they do, stand fair for being a colonel of the militia.. I am told that your time passes away as agreeably . in the amusements of a country life, as it ever did in the galántries of the town ; and that you now take as much pleasure in the plant,