Page images

tunities for making our chastity more heroic. The conference was continued in this celestial strain, and carried on so well by the managers on both sides> that it cteated a second and a third interview ; and, without «ntering into surther particulars, there was hardly one ©f them but was a mother or father that day twelvejfionth.

Any unnatural part is long taking Op, and as long laying aside; theresore Mr. Sturdy may assure himself*. -Platonica will fly sor ever from a sorward behaviour; &ut if he approaches her according to this model, she will fall in with the necessities of mortal lise, and coodescend to look with pity Upon an unhappy man, imprisoned in so much body, and ttrged by such violent wsires. ,j

From my Apart nent, June tz\

The evil* of this town increase upon me to so grea< a degree, that! am half afraid I shafl not leave the w'oildn much better than I sound it. Several worthy Gentle-men and Critics have applied to me, to give my censureof an enormity which has been revived, after being long suppressed, and is called Panning. I have several ar .guments ready to prove, that he cannot be a man of honour, who is guilty of this abuse of human society. But the way to expose it fe, like the expedient of curing' drunkenness, shewing a man in that condition: Ther '[ fore I must give my reader warning, to expect a eollec-. tion of these offences; without which preparation, I •thought it too adventurous to introduce the very mention of it in good company; and I hope, I shall be understood to do it, as a Divine mentions oaths and curses,' only sor their condemnation. I shall dedicate this discourse to a Gentleman, my very good friends who is the Janus of our times, and whom, by his years and wir, you would take to be of the last age; bui by his diese and mcrafo, of th.m

St. Jama's Coffee-house, June zz.

Last night arrived two mails from Holland, which bring letters from the Hague of the twenty-eighth instanr, N. S. with advice, that the enemy lay encamped behind a strong retrenchment, with the marsh of Romierr. on their right and left, extending itself as far as Bsthune: La Baise is in their front, Lens in their rear, and their camp is strengthened by another line from Lens to Do-way. The Duke of Marlborough caused an exact observation to be made of their ground, and the works by which they were covered, which appeared so strong, that it VfJs not thought proper to attack them in their present posture. However, the Duke thought sit to make a. seint as if he designed it: His Grace accordingly marched from the abbey at Looze, as did Prince Eugene from Lamfret, and advanced with all possible diligence towards the enemy. To favour the appearance of an intended affault, the ways were made, aud orders distributed in. fetch' manner, that none in either camp could have thoughts of any thing but charging the enemy by break of day next morning: But soon after the fall of the night of the twenty-sixth, the whole army faced towards Tourtiay, which place they invested early in the morning of the twenty-seventh. The Marshal Fillars was so consident that we designed to attack^m, that he had drawn great part of the garrison of the place, which is now invested, into, thesield: For which reason, it is presumed, it. must submit within a small time, which the enemy cannot prevent, but by coming out of their present camp, and hazarding a general engagement. These advices add, that the garrison of Mons had marched out under the command of Marshal a" Area; which, with the Bavarians, Walloons, and the troops of Cologne, have joined the grand army of the enemy.

* t'. _<-


"N° 33. Saturday, June 25, 1709.

By Mrs. Jenny Dijiaff, Half-Sister to Mr. Bichrfiog. .From my own Apartment, June 23.

MY brother has made an excursion into the country, and the work against Saturday lies upon me. I am very gla<i I have got pen and ink in my hand; for I have for some time longed for his absence, to give a right idea of things, which I thought he put in « very odd light, and some of them to the difadvantage of my cwn Sex. It is much to be lamented, that is is necessary to make discourses, and publish treatises, to keep the horrid creatures, the men, within the rules Of common decency. Turning over the papers of memorials or hints for the ensuing discourses, i sind a letter sub-fcribed by Mr. Truman.

Sir, - .:

"* T Am lately come to town, and h-ave read your *' i works with mach pleasure: You make wit sub**'servient to good principles and good manners. Yet *' because 1 design to buy the Tatters for my daughters ** ro read, 1 take the freedom to desire you for the sisture, to fay nothing about any combat between Alex** under and Thalistris"

This ofivnce gives me occasion to express rnyself with: the resentment 1 ought, on people who take liberties , of speech before that Sex, of whom the honoured names of mother, daughter, and sister are a part: I had like to have named wise in the number, but the senseless work! are so mistaken in their sentiments of pleasure*, that the most amiable term in human lise is become the derision K 3 of

os sools and (corners. My brother and I hare at least (fifty times quawelled upon this topic. I ever argue,, that the frailties of women are to he imputed to the false ornaments, which men of wit put upon our solly andcoquetry. He lays all the vices of Men-upon women* secret approbation of libertine characters in them. 1 did not care to give up a point j but now he is out of the way, I cannot but own s believe there is very much in. what he asserted: For if you will believe your eyes, and 4>ivn, that the wickedest and wittiest of them all marry ene day or other, it is impossible to believe, that if a man thought he should be for ever incapable of being received by a woman of merit and honour, he would persist in an abandoned way; and deny himself the possibility of enjoying the happiness of well-governed de-fires, orderly fatisfactions, and honourable methods of life. If our Sex were wise* a lover should have a certisicate from the last woman he served, how he was turned away, besore he was received into the service of another i But at present any vagabond is welcome, provided hepromises to enter into our livery. It is wonderful,- tha.t we will not a sootman without credentials from his last master; and in the greatest concern of life, we make no scruple of falling into a treaty with the most notorious ossender in his behaviour against others. But this breach of commerce between the sexes proceeds from an unaccountable prevalence of custom, by which a woman is to the last degree rtproachable sor being deceived, and a man suffers no. loss-of credit sor being a deceiver.

Since this tyrant humour has gained place, why are we represented in the wrieings of men in ill sigures for artisice in our carriage, when we have to do with a prosessed impostor? When oaths, imprecations, vows, and. adorations, are made use of as words of course, what art* are not necessary to desend us from such as glory in the Breach- of them? As sor my part I am resolved to hear all, and believe none of them; and theresore solemnly declare no vow stall deceive me, but that of marriage: For I am turned of twenty, and Deing of a small sortune,feme wit, and (if I can believe my lovers and my glass) handsome* I have heard all that can he faid towards my VCdoiag; and sji3-$ \heresore, (or warning fake, give

- an account of the offers that have been made me, my manner of rejecting them, and my assistances to keep ay resolution.

In the sixteenth year of my lise, 1 sell into the acquaintance of a Lady extremely well known in this town sor the qui«k advancement pf her husband, and the ho. nours and distinctions which her industry has procured him, and all who belong to her. This excellent body fat next to me sor some months at church, and took the liberty (which she said her years and the seal she had sor ray welfare gave her claim to) to assure me, that (ha ebserved some parts in my behaviour which would lead roe into error.', and give encouragement to some to entertain hopes I did not think of. What made you, faid ihe, look through your fan at that Lord, when your eyes should have been turned upwards, or closed in attention upon better objects? I blushed, and pretended

rifty odd excuses but consounded myself the more.

She wanted nothing but to see that consusion, and goes on; nay, child, do not be troubled that 1 take niticr of it ; my value sor you made me speak it; sor though lie is my kinsman, 1 have a nearer regard to virtue tha i any other consideration. She had hardly done speaking, when this noble Lord came up to- usr a ad led hcv to her coach.

My head ran all that day and night on the exemplary carriage of this woman, who could be so virtuously impertinent, as to admonish one she was hardly acquainted wirh. However, it struck upon the vanity of a girl that it may possibly be, his thoughts night have been as favourable of me, as mine wete amorous of him, and as unlikely things as that have happened, if he should make me his wise. She never mentioned this more to me; but I Hill in all public places Hole looks at ihi», who easily observed my passion sor him. It is sohard a thing to check the return of agreeable thoughts, that he became my dream, my vision, my sood, my wish, my torment. -.

That minister of darkness, the Lady Scmpvonia, perceived too well the temper I was in, and would, one day after evening service, needs take me to the park. Whe» ive were there, my Lord passes by; I slushed intp a K 4 steme.

« PreviousContinue »