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• dress as yourself, if you please to call at my house in your way to the city, and take a view of her, I.
pro« mise to amend whatever you shall disapprove in your
paper, before I exhibit her as a pattern to the public.
“I am, Sir,
As I am willing to do any thing in reafon for the service of my countrywomen, and had much rather prevent faults than find them, I went last night to the house of the above-mentioned! Mrs. Gross-stitch. As soon as I entered, the maid of the shop, who, I suppose, was prepared for my coming, without aking me any questions, introduced me to the little damsel, and ran away to call. her mistress.
The puppet was dressed in a cherry-coloured gown and petticoat, with a short working apron over it, which dis-covered her shape to the most advantage. Her hair was cut and divided very prettily, with several ribbons stuck up and down in it. The milliner assured me, that her: complexion was such as was worn by all the ladies of the best fashion in Paris. Her head was extremely high, on? which subject having long since declared my sentiments, I shall say nothing more to it: at present. I was also offended at a small patch she wore on her breast, which I cannot fappose is placed there with any good design.
Her necklace was of an immoderate length, being tied before in such a manner, that the two ends hùng down to her girdle ; but whether these supply the place of kiss-ing-strings in our enemy's country, and whether our Britilh ladies have any occasion for them, I. Mall leave to their serious consideration.
After having observed the particulars of her dress, as I was taking a view of it altogether, the thop-maid, who is a pert wench, told me that Madamoiselle had something very curious in the dying of her garters ; but
as I pay a dae respect even to a pair of sticks when they are under petticoats, I did not examine into that particular.
Upon the whole I was well enough pleased with the appearance of this gay lady, and the more so because she was not talkative, a quality very rarely to be met with in the rest of her countrywomen.
As I was taking my leave, the milliner farther informed me, that with the assistance of a watch-maker, who was her neighbour, and the ingenious Mr. Powel, she had also contrived another puppet, which by the help of several little springs to be wound up within it, could move all its limbs, and that she had sent it over to her correspondent in Paris to be taught the various leanings and bendings of the head, the rilings of the bosom, the courtesey and recovery, the genteel trip, and the agreeable jet, as they are now practised at the court of France.
She added that she hoped the might depend upon having my encouragement as soon as it arrived; but as this was a petition of too great importance to be answered extempore, I left her without reply, and made the best of my way to Will Honeycomb's lodgings, without whose advice I never communicate any thing to the public of this nature.
Friday, January 18.
mallem Refentes per humum Hor. Ep. 1. lib. 2. ver. 250. I rather choose a low and creeping ftile.
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* Mr. Spectator,
milies, and several wives having preferred your advice and directions to those of their husbands,
• emboldens me to apply to you at this time. I am a • shop-keeper, and though but a young man, I find by
experience that nothing but the utmost diligence both • of husband and wife, among trading people, can keep ' affairs in any tolerable order. My wife at the begin
ning of our establishment shewed herself very affisting
to me in my business as much as could lie in her way, • and I have reason to believe it was with her inclination; • but of late she has got acquainted with a schoolman, • who values himself for his great knowledge in the • Greek tongue. He entertains her frequently in the • shop with discourses of the beauties and excellencies
of that language; and repeats to her several passages
out of the Greek poets, wherein he tells her there is • unspeakable harmony and agreeable founds that all
other languages are wholly unacquainted with. He has • fo infatuated her with his jargon, that instead of using • her former diligence in the shop, she now neglects the • affairs of the house, and is wholly taken up with her
tutor in learning by heart scraps of Greek, which she
vents upon all occasions. She told me some days ago, " that whereas I use fome Latin inscriptions in my shop, • she advised me with a great deal of concern to have • them changed into Greek; it being a language lefs un• deritood, would be more conformable to the mystery of
my profeffion ; that our good friend would be assisting to us in this work; and that a certain faculty of gen
men would find themselves so much obliged to me, ' that they would infallibly make my fortune: in fhort, • her frequent importunities upon this and other imper.
cinencies of the like nature make me very uneasy ; • and if your remonstrances have no more effect upon
her than mine, I am afraid I shall be obliged to ruin myself to procure her a settlement at Oxford with her
tutor, for she is already too mad for Bedlam. Now, • Sir, you see the danger my family is exposed to, and • the likelihood of my wife's becoming both trouble
fome and useless, unless her reading herself in your paper may make her reflect.
She is so very learned • that I cannot pretend by word of mouth to argue « with her. She laughed out at your ending a paper
« Greek, and said it was a hint to women of literature, .
and very civil not to translate it to expose them to the • vulgar. You see how it is with,
Sir, your humble servant.!'
• Mr. Spectator, If you have that humanity and compaflion in your
nature that you take such pains to make one think you have, you will not deny your advice to a distressed
damsel, who intends to be determined by your judg' ment in a matter of great importance to her. You must • know then, there is an agreeable young fellow, to • whose perfon, wit, and humour no body makes any. objection, that pretends to have been long in love with
To this I inuft add, whether it proceeds from the vanity of my nature, or the seeming sincerity of my
lover, I will not pretend to say, that I verily believe he • has a real value for me; which if true, you will allow
may justly augment his merit with his mistress. In • short, I am fo fenfible of his good qualities, and what ' I owe to his passion, that I think I could sooner resolve
to give up my liberty to him than any body else, were I there not an objection to be made to his fortunes, in
regard they do not answer the utmost mine may expect, • and are not sufficient to secure me from undergoing the
reproachful phrase, fo commonly used, that she has
played the fool. Now, though I am one of those few • who heartily despise equipage, diamonds, and a cox. comb, yet since such oppofite notions from mine preo• vail in the world, even amongst the best, and such as:
are esteemed the most prudent people, I cannot find in
my heart to resolve upon incurring the cenfure of those • wife folks, which I am conscious I hall do, if when I
enter into a married state, I discover a thought beyond! • that of equalling, if not advancing my fortunes. Un• der this difficulty I now labour, not being in the lealt • determined whether I shall be governed by the vain • world, and the frequent examples I meet with, or • hearken to the voice of my lover, and the motions I • find in my heart in favour of him. Sir, your opinion
• and advice in this affair, is the only thing I know can • turn the balance; and which I earnestly intreat I may « receive foon; for until I have your thoughts upon it, • I am engaged not to give my swain a final discharge.
Besides the particular obligation you will lay on me, by giving this subject room in one of your papers, it is
possible it may be of use to some others of my sex, who • will be as grateful for the favour as,
Sir, your humble servant,
• P.S. To tell you the truth, I am married to him " already, but pray say something to justify me.'
• Mr. Speftator, Y
OU will forgive us professors of music if we
make a second application to you, in order to promote our design of exhibiting entertainments of
music in York-buildings. It is industriously infinu• ated that our intention is to destroy operas in gene
ral, but we beg of you to insert this plain explanation • of ourselves in your paper.
Our purpose is only to improve our circumstances, by improving the art which 'we profess. We see it utterly destroyed at present, and
as we were the persons who introduced operas, we think • it a groundless imputation that we should set up against
opera itself. What we pretend to assert is, that • the songs of different authors injudiciously put together, ' and a foreign tone and manner which are expected in
every thing now performed amongst us, has put music • itself to a stand; infomuch that the ears of the people
cannot now he entertained with any thing but what has an impertinent gaiety, without any just spirit, or a
languilhment of notes, without any passion or common • senle. We hope those persons of sense and quality who • have done us the honour to subscribe, will not be • allamed of their patronage towards us, and not receive