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White's Chocolate-house, June 29.
I know no manner of News, from this place, huf that -Cyntbio, having been long in despair for the inexorable 'ClariJ'a, lately resolved to fall in love the good old way of bargain -And fale, and has pitched upon a very agreeable young woman. He will undoubtedly succeed; for he accosts her in a strain of familiarity, without breakjng through the deserence that is due to a woman whom a man would choose for his lise. I have hardly ever heard rough truth spoken with a better grace than it this his letter.
*' ¥ Writ to you on Saturc'cy by Mrs. Lucy, and gife "J. you this trouble to urge the fame request I "made then, which was, that I msy be admitted to "wait upon you. I should be very far from desiring "this, if it were a transgression- of the most severe ruin' <" to allow it: I know you are very much above the "little arts which are frequent in your sex, cf giving *' unnecessary torments to their admirers; therefore hope "you will do so much justice to the generous paffion I '*' have for you, as to let me have an opportunity of ae*' quainttng you upon what motives 1 pretend to your "good opinion. I shall not trouble you with my sen** timents, until I know how they will be received; ** and as I know no reason why difference os Sex should"make our language to each other differ from the ordi"nary rules of right reason, I shall affect plainness and *' sincerity in my discourse to you, as much as other "Lovers do perplexity and rapture. Inflead of faying, "I shall die for you, J prosess I should be glad to lead "my lise with you: You are as beautisul, as witty, as :** prudent, and as good-humoured,, as any womaa ** breathing } but I must consess to you, I regard all *' these excellencies as you will please to diract them, for ** my happiness or misery. With me, Madam, the only M lasting motive to Love is the hope of its becoming V mutual.. I beg of jcu to l«t Mrs. Lucy send me word . . ' "when. V when I may attend you. 1 promise you I will talk *' of nothing but indisserent things; though, at the *' (ame time, I know not how I shall approach you. "in the tender moment of sirst seeing you, aster' thl* declaration of,
Your most ©sjediemv
and most faithsul
humble servant, &cV
ff'ilt't- Cosfee-house, Junt 29.
Hating taken a resolution, when Plays are acted next winter by an entire good company, to publish observations from time to time on the persormance of the Actors, I think it but just to give an abstract of the laws of Action, for the help of the less learned part of the audience, that they may rationally enjoy so refined and instructive a pleasure as a just representation of human life. The great errors in playing are admirably well exposedin Hamlet's directions to the Actors, who are to play in his supposed tragedy 5 by which we shall sorm our suture judgments on their behaviour, and sor that reason you have the discourse as sollows:
"Speak the speech as I pronounce it to you, trip"pinglyonthe tongue) but if yoa mouthe it as many "of our Players do, I had as lief the town crier had "spoke my lines: Nor do not sew the air too much i! with your hands^ thus ; but use ail gently: For m "the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may fay, the "whirlwind of passion, yqu must acquire and beget a "temperance that may give it smoothness. Oh! it of-. "sends me to the Soul, to see a robustous periwig-pated '' sellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split '' the ears of the groundlings, who, for the most part, - " are capable of nothing bat inexplicable dumb shows '' and noise. I could have such a sellow whipt sor over'' doing Termagant; It Qut-herods Hend. Be not too
«* tame* ** tame neither; bat let your own discretien be your "tutor: Suit the action to the word, the word to the "action; with this special observance, that you over*' top not the modesty of Nature; for any thing so over"done is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both *' at the sirst and now, was, and is, to hold as it were "the mirror tip to Nature; to shew Virtue her own sea"ture, Scorn, her own image, and the very age and "body of thetime, its form and pressure. Now this "overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the un» "skilsul laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve. "The censures of which one must, in your allowance, !' over-sway a whole theatre of others. Oh! there b» "Players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, "and that highly, (not to speak it prophanely) that neither having the accent of Cbrijlian, Pagan, nor "man, have so strutted and bellowed, that I have "thought some of Nature's journeymen had made men, "and not made them well, they imitated humanity so "abominably. This stiould be reformed altogether; .** and let those that play your clowns, speak no more "than is set down for them: For there be of them that "will of themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of "barrren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean "time, some necessary question of the Play be ;hen to ".be considered; that is villainous, and shews a most "pitisul ambition in the.fool that uses it."
From my own Apartment, June 29.
It would be a very great obligation, and an assistance 'Ito my treatise upon Punning, if any one would please to inform me in what class among the Learned who play with words, to place the author of the following letter.
"TVT O T long since you were pleased to give us a "X^l chimerical account of the famous family of the "Stuffs, from whence I suppose you will insinuate, *' that it is the most antient and numerous house in all "Europi. But I positively deny that it is either, and - - - "wonder u wonder much at your audacious proceedings in this"msnner, since it is well known, that our most illustri"ous, most renowned, and most celebrated Roman fa"mily of Ix has enjoyed the precedency to all others, "from the reign of good old Saturn. I could fay much* "to the defamation and disgrace of your family; as, "that ycur relations Distaff and Broomstaff were both in-i "considerable mean persons, one spinning, the other '' sweeping the streets, sor their daily bread. But I' "sorbear to vent my spleen on objects so much beneath "my indignation. 1 shall only give the world a cata"logue of my ancestors, and leave them to determine '.' which hath hitherto had, and which for the fixture ** ought to have, the preserence.
"First then comes the most famous and popular Lady Meretrix, parent of the sertile family of Bellatrix, eX Lotrix, Netrix, Nutrix, Olstetrix, Famulatrix, Coilrix, '' Ornatrix, Sarcinatrix', Ftxtrix, Balmatrix, Portatrix, "Saltalrix, Dinrinatrix, Conjeilrix, Comtrix, Debit rix,K "Crtdifrix, Donatrix, Ambulalrix, Mertatrix, Adse8rixe '' AffiSatrix, Palpatrix, Pneuptrix, Piftrix*
I am yours,
". Eliz. Petdtrix
'. St. James's Coffee-house, June 29.
Letters from Brussels of the second os July, N. S. fay, that the Duke of Marlborougb and Prince Eugene, having received advice that the Marshal Villars had drawn a considerable body out of the garrison of Teurnay, to reinsorce his army, marched towards that place, and came besore it early in the morning of the twenty-seventh. As soon-as they came into that ground, the Prince of Najsau was sent with .a strong detachment to take post at St. Amand; and at the fame time my Lord Orkney received orders to possess himself of Merteigne; both which were successsully executed; whereby we are masters of the Scheld and the Scarp. Eight men were drawn out of each troop of dragoons and company of soot in the garrison of Townqy, to make up the reinsorcement which was
ordered ordered to join Marshal Villars; but upon advice that the Allies were marching towards Tom-nay, they endeavoured to return into the town; but were intercepted by the Earl of Orkney, by whom the whole body was killed or taken. These letters add, that twelve hundred dragoons (each horseman carrying a soot-soldier behind him) were detached from Mobi to throw themselves into Tournay, but upon appearance of a great body of horse of the Allies, retired towards Conde. We bear that the garrison does not consist of more than three thoufand sive hundred men. - Of the sixty battalions designed to be employed in this siege, seven are Englijb, viz. two of guards, and the regiments of ArgyU, T*mj<le, E<vat)i3 and Meredith.
Sr° 36. Saturday, July 2, 1709.
By Mrs. Jenny Distafc Half-Sister to Mr. Bickersirfs. From my own Apartment, June 30.
MANY affairs calling ray brother into the country, the care of our intelligence with the town is left tp me for some time; therefore you must expect the advices you meet with in this Paper, to be such as more immediately and naturally fall under the consideration of our Sex. History therefore written by a woman, you will easily imagine to consist of Love in all its forms, both in the abuse of, and obedience to that passion. As to the faculty of writing itself, it will not, it is hoped, be demanded that stile and ornament shall be so much consulted, as truth and simplicity; which latter qualities we may more justly pretend to beyond the other Sex. While therefore the administration of cur affairs is in my hands, you shall from time to time have an exact account of all false Lovers, and their shallow pretences for breaking off; of all termagant Wives wb» make wedlock a