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THE

SPECTATOR.

V O L. XV.

The Seventh EDITION.

L O N D ON:

Printed for J. Tonson in the Strand.

M DCC XXIV.

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SPECTATOR.

VOL. XV.

NO 550. Monday, December 1, 1712.

Quid dignum tanto feret hic promillor Hiatu?

Hor.

SINCE the late Dissolution

of the Club whereof I have often declared my self a Member, there are very many Per

sons who by Letters, Petitions, and Recommendations, put up før the next Election. At the same time I must complain, that several indirect and underhand Practices have been made use of upon this Occasion. A certain Country Gentleman begun to tap upon A 2

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the first Information he received of Sir Roger's Death; when he sent me up Word, that if I would get him chosen in the place of the Deceased, he would present me with a Barrel of the best Oktober I had ever drank in my Life. The Ladies are in great pain to know whom I intend to elect in the room of WILL. HONEYCOMB. Some of them indeed are of Opinion that Mr. HONEYCOMB did not take sufficient care of their Interests in the Club, and are therefore desirous of having in it hereafter a Representative of their own Sex. A Citizen who subscribes himself 1. Z. tells me that he has one and twenty Shares in the African Company, and offers to bribe me with the odd one in cafe he may succeed Sir ANDREW FREEPORT, which he thinks would raise the Credit of that Fund. I have several Letters dated from Jenny Man's, by Gentlemen who are Candidates for Capt. Sentry's Place, and as many from a Coffee-house in Paul's ChurchYard of such who would fill up the Vacancy occasioned by the Death of my worthy Friend the Clergyman, whom I can never mention but with a particular Respect.

HAVING

HAVING maturely weighed these several Particulars, with the many Remonstrances that have been made to me on this Subject, and considering how invidious an office I shall take upon me if I make the whole Election depend upon my single Voice, and being unwilling to expose my self to those Clamours, which, on such an Occasion, will not fail to be raised against me for Partiality, Injustice, Corruption, and other Qualities which my Nature abhors, I have formed to my self the Project of a Club as follows.

I have Thoughts of issuing out Writs to all and every of the Clubs that are established in the Cities of London and Westminster, requiring them to chuse out of their respective Bodies a Person of the greatest Merit, and to return his Name to me before Lady-day, at which time I intend to sit upon Business.

BY this means I may have reason to hope, that the Club over which I shall preside will be the very Flower and Quintescence of all other Clubs. I have communicated this my Project to none, but a particular Friend of mine, whom I have celebrated twice or thrice for his Happiness in that kind of Wit

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