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her said husband along with her, and set forth the good conditions and behaviour of her confort, adding : withall, that doe doubted not but that he was rear

dy to attest the life of her, his wife ; whereupon he, the faid Stephen, Ibaking his head, jbe, Đurned foort upon him, and gave him a box on the ear.

Philip de Waverland, having laid his hand upon the book, when the claufe, Were I fole, and the fole, was rehearsed, found a secret compunction rifing in his mind, and stole it off again. • Richard de Loveless, who was a courtier,

and a very well-bred man, being observed to hesitate at the words after our marriage, was

thereupon required to explain himself. He replied, by talking very largely of his exult complaisance

while he was a lover; and alledged that he had not ip the leaft disobliged his wife for, a year and a diy : before marriage, which he hoped was the farne

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• Rejected.

Joceline Jolly, Esq; making it appear by unquestionable testimony, that he and his wife had pre

Jerved full and entire affeElion for thojjace of the first month, commonly called the Honey-moon; be bid in consideration thereof one raber befowed up

him.

After this, says the record, many years paffed over before any demandant appeared at l biche . novre-hall; insomuch that any one would have thought that the whole country were . turned

Jews, so little was their affection to the fiitch of « bacon.

• The next couple enrolled hąd like to have carried it, if one of the witnesses had not deposed, That dining on a Sunday with the demandant, whose wife had fat below the squire's Lady

at church, she the said wife dropped fome ex* pressions, as if she thought her husband deferv. ed to be knighted; to which he returned. a paf

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• fionate Pisk! The judges taking the premises into • consideration, declared the aforesaid behaviour to imply an unwarrantable ambition in the wife, ' and anger in the husband.

• It is recorded as a fufficient disqualification of " a certain wife, that speaking of her husband, she said, God forgive him. • It is likewise remarkable, that a couple were rejected upon the deposition of one of their neighbours, that the Lady had once told her

husband, that it was her duty to obey; to which "he replied, Oh, My dear! you are never in the wrong • The violent pafsion of one Lady for her lapdog ; the turning away the old house-maid by

another; a tavern-bill torn by the wife, and a • taylor's by the husband; a quarrel about the kif.

fing crust; spoiling of dinners, and coming in Late of nights; are fo many several articles which ' occasioned the reprobation of some fcores of de' mandants, whose names are recorded in the a• foresaid register.

"Without enumerating other particular perfons, I shall content myself with observing, that the * fentence pronounced against one Gervase Poacher, ' is, that he might have had bacon to his eggs, if he . had not hitherto scolded his wife when they were o

ver-boiled. And the deposition against Dorothy 'Doolittle runs in thefe words ; That fhe had lo. fur ufurped the dominion of the coal fire, (the fir. ring whereof her husband claimed to himfelf) that by her gaod will she never would suffer the poker out of her hand.

I find but two couples, in this first century, • that were successful: The first was a sea-captain • and his wife, who since the day of their marriage

had not seen one another until the day of th claim. The second was an honest pair in the neighbourhood; the husband was a man of plain

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49883***0009908689*3 No 609. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20.

Farrago-libeli.

Juv. Sat. i. ver. 86. The miscellaneous subjects of my book. • Mr. SPECTATOR; I Have for some time defired to appear

in

your paper, and have therefore chosen a day to • steal into the SPECTATOR, when I take it for

granted you will not have many spare minutes for speculations of your own. As I was the other

day walking with an honest country gentleman, ''he very often was expressing his astonishment to • see the town fo mightily crouded with doctors of

divinity': Upon which I told him he was very • much mistaken, if he took all those Gentlemen he * saw in scarfs to be persons of that dignity ; for * that a young divine, after his first degree in the

'univerfity, usually comes hither only to fhow * himself; and, on that occafion, is apt to think • he is but half equipped with a gown and casfack * for his publick appearance, if he hath not the ad*ditional ornament of a scarf of the first magnitude 'to intitlę him to the appellation of Doctor from his landlady, and the boy ar Child's. Now, "fince I know that this piece of garniture is look: • ed. upon as a mark of vanity or affectation, **as it is made use of among some of the little

spruce adventurers of the town, I should be glad if you would give it a place among those extravagancies you have justly exposed in feveral of your papers. Being very well afsured

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" that the main body of the clergy, both in the

country and the universities, who are almost to

a man untainted with it, would be very well * pleafed to see this venerable foppery well expor. . ed. When: my pattern did me the honour to

take me into his family (for I must own myself 6 of this order) he was pleafed to say he took me

as a friend and companion ; and whether he ( looked upon the scarf, like the lace and shoulder• knot of a footman, as a badge of servitude and • dependence, I do not know, but he was so

kind as to leave my wearing of it to my own dis• cretion ; and not having any just title to it from my degrees, I am content to be without o the ornament. The privileges of our nobility

to keep a certain number of chaplains are undis• puted, though perhaps not one in ten of those • reverend gentlemen have any relation to the & noble families their scarfs belong to ; the • right generally of creating all chaplains, except the domestic, where there is one, being no. .thing more than the perquitite of a steward's • place, who, if he happens to outlive any confide. • rable number of his noble masters, fall pro

hably, at one and the same time, have ff. • ty chaplains, all in their proper accoutre

ments, of his own création ; though, perhaps, there hath been neither grace nor prayer

faid ' in the family fince the introduction of the first

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* Mr. SPECTATOR, : I Wilh you would write a philosophical pa

per about natural antipathies, with a word or two concerning the strength of imaginati

I can give you a lift upon the first notice of a rational china cup, of an egg that walks • upon two legs, and a quart.pot that fings like

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. a nightingale. There is in my neighbour· hood a very pretty prattling shoulder of veal, • that fqualls out at the fight of a knife. Then,

as for, natural antipathies, I know a general • officer who was never conquered but by a • fmothered rabit; and a wife that domineers over • her husband by the help of a breast of mut

Aftory that relates to myself on this • subject may be thought not unentertaining, efpe

cially when I assure you that it is literally true. I had long made love to a Lady, in the

poffeffion of whom I am now the happiest of • mankind, whofe hand I should have gained with • much difficulty without the affiftance of a

cat. You muft know then, that my moft dangerous rival had so strong an aversion to this species, that he infallibly fwooned away at the fight of that harmless creature. My friend • Mrs. Lucy, her maid, having a greater refpect < for me and my purse than she had for my rival, always took care to pin the tail of a cat under

of her mistress whenever she knew • of his coming; which had such an effect, • that every time he entered the room, he look• ed more like one of the figures in Mrs. Salmon's • wax-work, than a desirable lover.

In short, « he grew fick of her company, which the young • Lady taking notice of, (who no more knew why

than he did) the fent me a challenge to meet " her in Lincoln's-Inn chapel, which I joyfully

accepted, and have (amongst other pleasures) • the fatisfaction of being praised by her for my • stratagem

&c.' From the Hoop.

« Tom NIMBLE. · Mr. SPECTATOR, : THE virgins of Great Britain are very much obliged to you for putting them upon such

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