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mour for telling a tale, and nothing in nature is so in. grateful as story-telling against the grain, therefore take it as the Author has given it you.
A Tale-for the Ladies.
Miss Molly, a fam'd Toast, was fais, and young,
Sir John was smitten, and confess'd his flame,
Tho' he and all the world allow'd her wit,
Oft as the watchful bell-man march'd his round,
My Lady with her tongue was still prepar'd,
Here I fit moping all the live-long night,
Till morn sends ftaggʻring home a drunken bealt,
Hey! hoop! d'ye hear my damn'd obftrep'rous fpoule, What, can't you find one bed about the house ? Will that perpetual clack lie never still ? That rival to the foftness of a mill! Some couch and ditant room must be my choice, Where I may deep uncurs'd with wife and noise.
Long this uncomfortable life they led,
A wond'rous spring within my garden flows,
A water-bottle's brought for her relief ;
The bonny Knight reels home exceeding clear,
Ene'ring, he cries,-Hey! where's our thunderfled. !.
For many days these fond endearments palt,
Why, niece, says he,-) pr’ýthee apprehend,
St. James's Coffee-houfe, April 13. Letters from Venice say, the disappointment of their expectation to see his Danish Majesty has very much dift. quieted the Court of Rome. Our last advices from Gere many inform us, that the Minister of Hanover has urged the Council ar Ratisbonne to exert themselves in behalf of the common cause, and taken the liberty to say, That the dignity, the virtue, the prudence of his Électoral
Highness, his Master, were called to the head of their affairs in vain, if they thought fit to leave him naked of the proper means, to make those excellencies useful for the honour and safety of the empire. They write from
Berlin of the thirteenth, 0. S. T'hat the true design of -General Fleming's visit to that Court was, to infinuate
that it will be for the mutual interest of the King of Pruf. fia and King Augustus to enter into a new alliance ; but that the Ministers of Prussia are not inclined to his senti. ments. We hear from Vienna, that his Imperial Majesty has expressed grcat satisfaction in their High Mightinesses having communicated to him the whole that has passed in the affair of a peace. Though there have been prac. tices used by the agents of France, in all the Courts of Europe, to break the good underftanding of the Allies, they have had no other effect, but to make all the mem. bers concerned in the alliance, more doubtful of their fafety from the great offers of the enemy. The Emperor is roused by this alarm, and the frontiers of all the French dominions are in danger of being insulted the ensuing campaign. Advices from all parts confirm, that it is impoffible for France to find a way to obtain so much cre. dit, as to gain any one potentate of the allies, or conceive any hope for safety from other prospects.am
From my own Apartment, April 13. I find it of great use, now I am setting up for a writer of News, that I am an adept in astrological speculations ; by which means I avoid speaking of things which may offend great persons. But, at the same time, I must not profitute the liberal sciences so far, as not to utter the truth in cases which do immediately concern the good of my native country. I must therefore contradict what has been so assuredly reported by the News-writers of England, That France is in the most deplorable condition, and that their people die in great multitudes. I will: therefore let the world know, that my correspondent, by the way of Brufels, informs me upon his honour, That the Gentleman who writes the Gazette of Paris, and ought to know as well as any man, has told him, that over ance the King has been past his fixty-third year, or
grand climacteric, there has not died one man of the French nation, who was younger than his Majefty, except very few, who were taken suddenly near the village of Hocffet in Germany; and some more, who were straitened for lodging at a place called Ramelies, and died on the road to Ghent and Bruges. There are also other things given out by the Allies, which are fhifts below a con quering nation to make use of. Among others it is said, There is a general murmuring among the people of France, though at the same time all my letters agree, that there is so good an understanding among them, that there is not one morsel carried out of any market in the kingdom, but what is delivered upon credit.
Saturday, April 16, 1709.
Will's Coffee-house, April 14.
T HIS evening the Comedy, called the Country
I Wife, was acted in Drury-Lane, for the benefit of Mrs. Bignell. The part which gives name to the Play was performed by herself. Through the whole action the made a very pretty figure, and exactly entered into the nature of the part. Her huband, in the Drama, is represented to be one of those debauchees, who run through the vices of the town, and believe, when they think fit, they can marry and settle at their ease. His own knowledge of the iniquity of the age makes him choose a wife wholly ignorant of it, and place his secu. rity in her want of skill to abuse him. The Poet, on many occafions, where the propriety of the character will admis of it, infinuates, that there is no defence against vice, but the contempt of it: And has, in the natural ideas of an untainted innocent, shown the gradual steps to ruin and destruction, which persons of condition run incò, without the help of a good education to form their conduct. The torment of a jealous Cox,