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of person, of whom it is usually faid, He is no man's enemy but his own: One who had too much tenderness of foul to have any authority with his wise; and Ihe too little sense to give him authority for that reason. His kind wise observed this temper in him, and made proper use of it. But knowing it was below a Gentlewoman to wrangle, she resolved upon an expedrer.tto fave decorum, and wear her Dear to her point at the fame time. She therefore took upon her to govern him, by falling into sits whenever Ihe was repulsed in a request, or contradicted in a discourse. Jt was a sish-day, when in the midst of her hulband's good-humour at table, she bethought herself to try her project. She made signs that she had swallowed a bone. The man grew pale as ashes, and ran to her assistance, calling for drink. No, my Dear, faid she, recovering, it is down ; do not be fiightened. This accident betrayed his softness enough. The next day she complained, a Lady's chariot, whose husband had not half his estate, had a crane neck, and hung with twice the air that hers did. He answered, Madam, you know my income, you know 1 have lost
two coach-horses this spring. Down she sell. - r
"Hartshorn 1 Betty, Susan, Alice, throw water in her "face." With much care and pains, she was at last brought to herself, and the vehicle in which she visited was amended in the nicest manner, to prevent relapses; but they frequently happened, during that husband's whole lise, which he had the good fortune to end in sew j ears after. The Disconsolate soon pitched upon a very agreeabie successor, whom she very prudently designed to govern by the fame method. This man knew her little arts, and resolved to break through all tenderness, and be absolute master as soon as occasion offered. One day it happened, that a discourse arose about surniture: He was very glad of the occasion, and sell into an invective against China, protesting, he would never let sive pounds more of his money be laid out that way as long as he breathed. She immediately fainted.— < •
He starts up as amazed, and calls for help. The
maids ran to the closet. He chases her face, bends
her forward, and beats the palms of her hands: Her convulsions increase, and down she tumbles on the floor,
where where st»e lies quite dead, in spite of what the whole family, from the nursery to the kitchen, could do for her relief.
While every servant was thus helping or lamenting their mistress, he, sixing his cheek to hers, seemed to be following in a trance of sorrow; but secretly whispers her, " My Dear, this will never do: What is ** within my power and fortune, you may always com. "mand, but none of your artisices: You are quite in "other hands than those you passed these pretty passions "upon." This made her almost in the condition she pretended; her convulsions now come thicker, nor was she to be held down. The kind man doubles his care, helps the servants to throw water in her face by foll quarts; and when the sinking part of the sit came again, " Well, my dear (faid he) I applaud your ac"tion; but I must take my leave of you until you are '* more sincere with me; farewel forever: You shall "always know where to hear of me, and want for no"thing." With that he ordered the maids to keep plying her with hartshorn, while he went for a Physicians He was scarce at the stair-head when she-followed, and pulling him into a closet, thanked him for her cure; which was so absolute, that she gave me this relation herself, to be communicated for the benesit of all the voluntary invalids of her sex.
St. James's Coffee-house, June 1.
Advices from Brujsels of the sixth instant, N. S. fay, his Highness Prince Eugene had received a Letter from Monsieur Tarty, wherein that Minister, after many expressions of great respect, acquaints him, that his Master had absolutely resused to sign the preliminaries to the Treaty which he had, in his Majesty's behalf, consented to at the Hague. Upon the receipt of this intelligence, the face of things at that place were immediately altered, and the necessary orders were transmitted to the troops (which lay most remote from thence) to move toward the place of rendezvous with all expedition. The enemy seems also to prepare for the sield, and have at present drawn together twenty-sive thoufand men in the 6 plains plains of Lenz. Marshal Villars is at the head of those troops; and has given the Generals under his command all possible assurances, that he will turn the fate of the war to the advantage of his Master.
They write from the Hague of the seventh, that Monsieur Rcuille had received orders from the Court of France, to signify to the States-General, and the Ministers of the High Allies, that the King could not consent to the preliminaries of a Treaty of peace, as it was offered to him by Monsieur Tores, The great difficulty is the business of Spain, on which particular his Ministers seemed only to fay, during the treaty, that it was not so immediately under their Master's direction, as that he could engage sor its being relinquished by the Duke of Anjou: But now he positively answers, that he cannot comply with what his Minister has promised in his behalf, even in such points as are wholly in himself to act in or not. This has had no other effect than to give the alliance fresh arguments sor being diffident of engagements entered into by France. The Pensioner made a report of all which this Minister had declared to the Deputies of the States-General, and all things turn towards a vigorous war. The Duke'of Marlborough designed to leave the Hague within two days, in order to put himself at the head of the army, which is to assemble on the seventeenth instant between the ScheUand the* Lit- A fleet of eighty fail, laden with corn from the Baltic, is arrived in the Textl. The States have sent circular letters to all the provinces, to notify this change, of affairs, and to animate their subjects to new resolutions in desence of their country.
From my own Apartment, May 31.
The Public is not so little my concern, though I am but a Student, as that I should not interest myself in the present great things in agitation. I am still of opinion the French King will sign the Preliminaries. With that view, I have sent him, by my Familiar, the following Epistle, and admonished him, on pain of what I malt' (ay of him to suture generations, to act with sincerity on this occasion.
London* London, May 11.
Isaac Bickers t off, Esquire, of Great-Britain, to Lewis the Fourteenth os France.
"h I ^ HE surprizing news which arrived this day, of "X your Majesty's having resused to sign the treaty "your Ministers have in a manner sued for, is what "gives ground to this application to your Majesty, from "one, whose name, perhaps, is too obscure to have "ever reached your territories ; but one, who, with all "the European world, is assected with your determina"tions. Therefore, as it is mine and the common "cause of mankind, I presume to expostulate with you "on this occasion. It will, I doubt not, appear to the "vulgar extravagant, that the actions of a mighty "Prince should be balanced by the censure of a private "man, whose approbation or dislike are equally con-' "temptible in their eyes, when they regard the thrones "of Sovereigns. But your Majesty has shewn, through "the whole course of your reign, too great a value for "Liberal Arts, to be insensible that true fame lies only in the hands of learned men, by whom it is to be "transmitted to suturity, with marks of honour or re** proach to the end of time. The date of human lise "is too short to recompense the cares which attend the "most private condition. Therefore it is, that our "Souls are made as it were too big for it; and extend "themselves in the prospect of a longer existence, in a "good fame, and memory of worthy actions, afterour "decease. The whole race of men have this passion in *' some degree implanted in their bosoms, which is the "strongest and noblest incitation to honest attempts: "But the base use of the arts of peace, eloquence, poe"try, and all the parts of learning, have been possessed "by souls so unworthy of those faculties, that the names "and appellations of things have been confounded by "the labours and writings of prostituted men, who "have stamped a reputation upon such actions, as are "in themselves the objects of contempt and disgrace. "This is that which has misled your Majesty in the
** conduct "conduct of your reign, and made that lise which '' might have been the most imitable, the most to be "avoided. To this it is, that the great and excellent "qualities, of which your Majesty is master, are lost in "their application; and your Majesty has been carry"ing on sor many years the most cruel tyranny, with '' all the noble methods which are used to support a just "reign. Thus it is, that it avails nothing that you are "a bountisul master; that you are so generous as to re"ward even tke unsuccessful with honour and riches; "that no laudable action passes unrewarded in your "kingdom; that you have searched all nations sor ob"fcure merit: In a word, that you are in your private "character endowed with every princely quality; when "all this is subjected to unjust and ill-taught Ambition, *' which, to the injury of the world, is gilded by those "endowments. However, if your Majesty will conde"fcend to look into vour own Soul, and consider all its M faculties and weaknesses with impartiality; if you "will but be convinced, that lise is supported in you "by the ordinary methods of sood, rest, and sleep\ "you will think it impossible that you could ever be sb "much imposed on, as to have been wrought into a "belief, that so many thousands of the fame make with "yourself were sormed by Providence sor no other end, "but by the hazard of their very Being to extend the "conquests and glory of an individual of their own fpe"cies. A very little reflection will convince your Ma"jesty, that such cannot be the intent of the Creator; '' and if not, what horror must it give your Majesty to "think of the vast devastations your ambition has "made among your sellow-creatures? while the "warmth of youth, the flattery of crouds, and a con"tinual series of success and triumph, indulged your "Majesty in this illusion of mind, it was. less to be "wondered at, that you proceeded in this mistaken "pursuit of grandeur? but when age, difappointments, "pnblic calamities, personal distempers, and the reverse os all that makes men forget their true Being, "are fallen upon you: Heaven! Is it possible you can "live without remorse? can the wretched man be a "tyrants can grief study torments .' can sorrow be cruel?