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of fools and scorners. My brother and I have at leak fifty times quarrelled upon this topic. I ever argue, that the frailties of women are to be imputed to the false ornaments, which men of wit put upon our folly and coquetry. He lays all the vices of Men upon womens secret approbation of libertine characters in them. I did not care to give up a point, but now he is out of the way, I cannot but own I beliere there is very much in, what he alerted: For if you will believe your eyes, and own, that the wickedett and wittiest of them all marry one day or other, it is imposible to believe, that if a mar thought he should be for ever incapable of being received by a woman of merit and honour, he would perlift in an abandoned way; and deny himself the posfibility of enjoying the happiness of well-governed" de. fores, orderly satisfactions, and honourable methods of life. If our Sex were wife, a lover should have a certi. Ecate from the last woman he ferved, how he was turned away, before he was received into the service of another i „But at present any vagabond is welcome, provided he promises to enter into our livery. It is wonderful, that We will not take a footman without credentials from his laft mafter ; and in the greatest concern of life, we make no scruple of falling into a treaty with the most notorious offender in his behaviour against others. But this breach of commerce between the sexes proceeds from an unas, countable prevalence of cuftom, by which a woman is to the last degree reproachable for being deceived, and a man suffers no loss of credit for being a deceiver.
Since this tyrant humour has gained place, why are we repre!ented in the writings of men in ill figures for artifice in our carriage, when we have to do with a pro. feffed impoftor: When 0:1ths, imprecations, vows, and adorations, are made use of as words of course, what arts. are not necessary to defend us from such as glory in the
breach of them? As for my part I am resolved to hear } all, and believe none of them; and therefore solemnly
declare no vow Niall deceive me, but that of marriage : For I am turned of twenty, and being of a small fortone, fome wit, and (if I can believe my lovers and my glass) handsome. I have heard all that can be said towards my Hodeing' aod hall kerefore, fox warping fake, give
· an account of the offers that have been made me, my manner of rejecting them, and my asfittances to keep my resolution.
In the fixteenth year of my life, I fell into the acquaintance of a Lady extremely well known in this town for the quick advancement of her husband, and the ho. nours and distinctions which her industry has procured him, and all who belong to her. This excellent bod, fat next to me for some months at church, and took the liberty (which she said her years and the zeal the had for my welfare gave her claim to) to assure me, that sho observed fome parts in my behaviour which would lead me into errors, and give encouragement to some to entertain hopes I did not think of. What made you, said the, look through your fan at that kord, when your eyes fhaould have been turned upwards, or closed in attention upon better objects? I blushed, and pretended hfty odd excuses ; but confounded myself the more. She wanted nothing but to see that confusion, and gocs on; nay, child, do not be troubled that I take nciic: of it ; my value for you made me speak it; for though he is my kinsman, I have a nearer regard to virtue ihal any other confideration. She had hardly done speak. ingo when this noble Lord caine up to us, and led he:* to her coach,
My head ran all that day and night on the exemplary carriage of this woman, who could be fo virtuously iinpertinent, as to admonish one she was hardly acquainted with. However, it struck upon the vanity of a girl that it may poffibly be, his thoughts might have been as favourable of me, as mine were amorous of him, and as unlikely things as that have happened, if he should make mc his wife. She never mentioned this more to me; but I fill in all public places ftole looks at this man, who easily observed my pasGop for him. It is so hard a thing to check the return of agreeable thoughts, that he became my dream, my vision, my food, my wifi, my torment. ;
That minister of darkness, the Lady Sempronia, perceived too well the temper I was in, and would, one day after evening service,' needs take me to the park. When we were there, my Lord passes by; I flushed into a K4
fame. Mrs. Diflaf, says she, you may very well re. member the concern I was in upon the first notice I took of your regard to that Lord, and, forgive nie, who had a tender friendship for your mother (now in the grave) that I am vigilant of your conduct. She went on with much sevosity, and after great folicitation prevailed on me to go with her into the country, and there spend the ensuing summer cut of:he way of a man she saw I loved, and one whom he perceived meditated my ruin, by frequently defiring her to introduce him to me; which she absolutely refused, except he would give his honour that he had no other design but to marry inę. To her coun. try-house a week or two after we went : There was as the farther end of her garden a kind of wilderness, in the niddle of which ran a fost rivulet by an ai bour of jela mine. In this place I useally pafied my recird hours, and read some romantic or poetical tale until the clole of the evening. It was near that time in the heat of the summer, when gentle wirds, soft murmurs of water, and notes of nightingales, had given my mind an indolence, which added to that repose of foul twilight and the end of a warm day naturally throws upon the fpiri's. It was at such an hour, and in such a state of tranquill ty I fat, whin, to my inexpreffible amazemeni, I faw my Lord walking towards me, whom I knew not until that moment to have been in the couptry. I could observe in his approach the perplexity which attends 2 man big with defigo ; and I had, while he was coming foru a d, time to reflect that I was betrayed; the sense of which gave me a sesentment fuitable to such a basea nels : But when he entered into the bower where I was, my heart flew towards him, ard, I confess, a certain joy came into my mind, with an hope that he migho then make a declaration of honour and passion. This threr my eye upon him with such tenderness, as gave him p wer, with a broken accent, to begin. Madam,
You wiil wonder-For it is certain, you must have observed Though. I fear you will misinterpret the motives- Bat by Heaven, and all that is facred! if you could -Here he made a full iland, and I recovered power to say, The confternation I am in you will not, I hope, believe An helpless inpocent maid --Be
fides that, the place. He saw me in as great confusion • as himself; which attributing to the fame causes, he had the audaciousness to throw himself at my feet, talk of the stilness of the evening, and then ran into deifications of my person, pure flames, constant love, eternal raptures, and a thousand other phrases drawn from the images we have of heaven, which all men use for the service of hell, when run over with uncommon vehe. mence. After which he feised me in his arms : His deSign was too evident. In my utmost distress I fell upon my knees - My Lord, pity me, on my knees --On my knees in the cause of virtue, as you were lately in that of wickedness. Can you think of destroying the labour of a whole life, the purpose of a long education, for the base fervice of a sudden appetite; to throw one that loves you, that doats on you, out of the company and the road of all that is virtuous and praise-woriby? Have I taken in all the inftructions of picty, religion, and reason, for no other end, but to be the facrifice of luft, and abandoned to fcorn? Asume yourself, my Lord, and do not attempt to vitiate a tonple facred to innocence, honour, and religion. If I have injured you, ftab this hofom, and let me die, but not be ruined, by the hand I love. The ardency of my passion made me incapable of uttering more ; and I saw my Lover afto. nished, and reformed by my behaviour: When rushed in Sempronia. Ha! faithless base man, could you then. steal out of town, and lurk like a robber about 22' houle: for such brutish purposes !
My Lord was by this time recovered, and fell into 2 violent laughter at the turn which Sempronia designed to give her villainy. He bowed to me with the utmostre, fpect : Mrs. Diffaf, said he, be careful hereafier of your company; and so retired. The fiend Sempronio congirim tulated my deliverance with a flood of tears. :
This Nobleman has since frequently made his addrilles to me with honour; but I have as often refused thim;: as well knowing that familiarity and marriage wili make: him, on some ill natured occasion, call all I faid in the arbour a theatrical action. Besides that, I glory in cone temning a man, who had thoughts to my dishon!?. If is method we;e the imitation of the whole Sex, inte
2) ocente would be the only dress of beauty ; and all afectation, by any other arts to please the eyes of men. would be banished to the stews for ever. The conqueft of paition gives ten times more happiness than we can map from the gratification of it ; and the, that has got: over such a cne as mine, will stand among Beaux and Pretty Fellows, with as much safety, as in a summer's, day among grafhoppers and busterflies, P.S. I have ten millions of things more againft mepo,
if I.eyer get the peo again,
St. James's-Coffee-house. June 24.. Our last advices from the Hague, dated the twentyo. eighth instant, Ņ. S. say, that on the twenty-fifth, a: Squadron of Dutcb men of war sailed out of the Texel.to join Admiral Baker at Sfir head. The twenty-fixth was ai served as a day, of falting and humiliation, to implorea blessing on the arms of ihe Allies, this ensuịng cama. paign. Letters from Dresden are very, particular in the account of the gallantry and magnificence, in which that Court has appeared fince che arrival of the King of Deno. mark; No day, has passed in which publick shows have not been exhibited for his entertainment and diversion: The last of that kind which is mentioned is a Carousal, wherein many of the youih of the first Quality, dressed in the most iplendid manper, ran for the prize. His Danish Majesty condescended to the fame; but having observed that there was a design laid to throw it in his way, passed by, without aftempting to gain it.. The Court of Drefden was preparing to accompany bis Danish Majesty to Porjdam, where the expectation of an inter• view of three Kings had drawn together fuch multitudes. of people, that many persons of distinction will be obliged to lie in teúts, as long as those Cousts continue in than Nace..