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« honourable Mr. Edward Waitfort, in which he • begged pardon for his passion, as proceeding

from the violence of his love : I triumphed when • I read it, and could not help, out of the pride of • my heart, shewing it to my new spouse; and we

were very merry together upon it. Alas! My ( mirth lasted a short time; my young husband was

very much in debt when I married him, and his « first action afterwards was to set up a gilt chariot

and fix in fine trappings before and behind. I « had married so haftily I had not the prudence to

reserve my estate in my own hand: my ready money was lost in two nights at the Groom-port

my diamond necklace, which was stole • I did not know how, I met in the street upon "Jenny Wheedle's neck. My plate vanished piece • by piece, and I had been reduced to downright

my officer had not been deliciously kil• led in a duel, by a young fellow that had cheated • him of five hundred pounds, and afterwards, at « his own request, satisfied him and me too, by

running him through the body. Mr. Waitfort was « still in love, and told me so again; and to prevent « all fears of ill usage, he desired me to reserve

every thing in my own hands : but now my ac« quaintance began to wish me joy of his constancy, my

charms were declining, and I could not refilt • the delight I took in fhewing the young flirts « bout town, it was yet in my power to give pain to o a man of fense: this, and some private hopes he • would hang himself, and what a glory would it be « for me, and how I should be envied, made me aco cept of being third wife to my Lord Friday. I

proposed from my rank and his estate, to live in « all the joys of pride, but how was I mistaken? He 6 was neither extravagant, nor ill-natured, nor de« bauched. I suffered, however, more with him • than with all my others. He was splenetic. I was forced to fit whole days hearkening to his

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imaginary ails; it was impoffible to tell what ( would please him; what he liked when the sun

shined, made him fick when it rained; he had no distemper, but lived in constant fear of them all :

my good genius dictated to me to bring him ac« quainted with Doctor Gruel; from that day he

was always contented, because he had names for « all his complaints ; the good Doctor furnished him

with reasons for all his pains, and prescriptions for

every fancy that troubled him; in hot weather he « lived upon juleps, and let blood to prevent fevers ; ' when it grew cloudy he generally apprehended a ' consumption ; to shorten the history of this wretched . part of my life, he ruined a good conftitution by ' endeavouring to mend it, and took several media • cines, which ended in taking the grand remedy, o which cured both him and me of all our uneasiness

After his death I did not expect to hear any more of Mr. Waitfort, I knew he had renounced ome to all his friends, and been very witty upon my o choice, which he affected to talk of with great in• differency; I gave over thinking of him, being ? told that he was engaged with a pretty woman and a great

fortune : it vexed me a little, but not ea ( nough to make me neglect the advice of my couslin Wishwell, that came to see me the day my • Lord went into the country with Rusel; the told 'me experimentally, nothing put an unfaithful lov

er and a dear husband so foon out of one's head, s a new one; and at the same time, proposed to me

kiniman of hers : you underitand enough of the ' world (faid she) to know money is the most va«luable confideration ; he is very rich, and I am ( sure cannot live long; he has a cough that must carry him off foon.

I knew afterwards the had • given the self-fame character of me to him; but • however I was so much persuaded by her, I haitensed on the match for fear he should die before the time came; he had the same fears, and was so

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pressing, I married him in a fortnight, resolving to keep it private a fortnight longer. During this fortnight Mr. Waitfort came to make me a visit; he told me he had waited on me sooner, but had that respect for me, he would not interrupt me in

the first day of my affliction for my dead Lord; " that as soon as he heard I was at liberty to make a' nocher choice, he had broke off a match very ad. 'vantageous for his fortune just upon the point of

conclusion, and was forty times more in love with me than ever. I never received more pleasure in my life than from this declaration, but I composed my face to a grave air, and said, the news of his engagement had touched me to the heart, that in a rash jealous fit, I had married a man I could never have thought upon if I had not lost all hopes

of him. Good-natured Mr. Waitfort had like to ' have dropt down dead at hearing of this, but wenp

from me with such an air as plainly shewed me he

laid all the blame upon himself, and hated those • friends that had advised him to the fatal applica• tion; he seemed as much touched by my misfor• tune as his own, for he had not the least doubt I ' was fill passionately in love with him. The truth of • the story is, my new busband gave me reason to

repent I had not staid for bim; he had married me for my money, and I foon found he loved money to distraction; there was nothing he would not do to get it, nothing he would not suffer to preserve it;

the smallest expence kept him awake whole nights, o and when he paid a bill it was with as many fighs, • and after as many delays, as a man that endures

the loss of a limb. I heard nothing but reproofsfor extravagancy, whatever I did. I saw very well " that he would have starved me, but for losing my

jointures; and he suffered agonies between the grief • of seeing me have so good a ftomach, and the fear

that, if he made me fast, it might prejudice my • health. I did not doubt he would have broke my

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• heart if I did not break bis, which was allowed by i the law of felf-defence. The way was very easy. " I resolved to spend as much money as I coul, and,

before he was aware of the stroke, appeared before • him in a two thousand pound diamond necklace ; " he said nothing, but went quietly to his chamber, • and, as it is thought, composed himself with a dose

of opium. I behaved myself so well upon the oc• cafon, that to this day I believe he died of an a

poplexy. Mr. Waitfort was refolved not to be too • late at this time, and I heard from him in two days. • I am almost out of my weed at this present writing, and very doubtful whether I fhall marry him

I do not think of a seventh for the ridicu• lous reason you mention, but out of pure morality,

that I think so much constancy should be rewarded, • though I may not do it after all perhaps. I do not

believe all the unreasonable malice of mankind can • give a pretence why I should have been constant to "

the memory of any of the deceased, or have spent

much time in grieving for an infolent, insignificant, negligent, extravagant, fplenetic, or covetous huf• band; my first intulted me, my second wa6 no' thing to me, my third disgusted nie, the fourth I would have ruined me, the fifth tormented me, and o the fixth would have starved me. If the other • ladies you name would thus give in their husbands « pictures at length, you would see they have had as « little reason as myself to lose their hours in weep

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Non possidentem multa vocaveris
Reétè beatum ; rectius occupat
Nomen beati, qui deorum

Muneribus sapienter uti,
Duramque callet pauperiem pati.

Hor. Od. ix. l. 4. ver. 45.
Believe not those that lands pofless,
And shining heaps of useless ore,
The only lords of happiness;

But rather those that know,

For what kind fates bestow,
And have the art 'to use the store:
That have the generous skill to bear
The hated weight of poverty.

CREECH. » I Was once engaged in a discourse with a Rosicrucian

about the great secret. As this kind of men (I mean those of them who are not profeffed cheats) are over-run with enthusiasm and philosophy, it was very amusing to hear this religious adept descanting on his pretended discovery. He talked of the secret as of a spirit which lived within an emerald, and converted every thing that was near it to the highest perfection it was capable of. It gives a lustre, says he, to the sun, and water to the diamond. It irradiates every metal, and enriches lead with all the properties of gold. It heightens smoke into fame, Aanie into light, and light into glory: He further added, that a fingle ray of it diffipates pain, and care, and melancholy, from the person on whom it falls. In short, says he, its presence naturally changes every place into a kind of heaven. After he had gone on for some time in this unintelligible cant, I found that


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