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looking round me, I faw a boat rowed towards the shore, in which fat a personage adorned with warlike trophies, bearing on his left arm a shield, on which was engraven the image of Vidorj, and in his righthand a branch of olive. His vifage was at once so winning and so awsul, that the shield and the olive seemed equally suitable to his genius.

When this illustrious * person touched on the shore, he was received by the acclamations of the people, and followed to the palace of the Heroine. No pleasure in the glory of her arms, or the acclamations of her applauding subjects, were ever capable to suspend her sorrow for one moment, until she faw the olive-branch in the hand of that auspicious messenger. At that sight, as Heaven bestows its blessings on the wants and importunities of mortals, out of its native bounty, and not to increase its own power or honour, in compassion t« the world, the celestial Mourner was then sirst seen to turn her regard to things below; and taking the branch out of the warrior's band, looked at it with much fatisfaction, and spoke of the blessings of peace, with a voice and accent, such as that in which guardian Spirits whisper to dying penitents assurances of happiness. The air was hushed, the multitude attentive, and all Nature in a pause while she was speaking. But as soon as the messenger of peace had made some low reply, in which, methought I heard the word Iberia, the Heroine assuming a more severe air, but such as spoke resolution without rage, returned him the olive, and again veiled her face. Loud cries and clashing of arms immediately followed, which forced me from my charming vision, and drove me back to these mansions of care and sorrow.

• About th's time the Duke of Marlbtrougb returned from Editnd, with the preliminaiies of a peace.

Saturday, N° 9. Saturday, April 30, 1709.

'Will's Coffee-house, April 28.

THIS Evening we were entertained with The Ola Bachelor, a Comedy of deserved reputation. In the character which gives name to the Play, there is excellently represented the reluctance of a battered debauchee to come into the trammels of order and decency: He neither languishes nor burns, but frets sor love. The Gentlemen of more regular behaviour are drawn with much spirit and wit, and the drama introduced by the dialogue of the sirst scene with uncommon, yet natural converfation. The part of Fendlewife is a lively image of the unseasonable fondness of age and impotence. But instead of such agreeable works as these, the town has sor half an age- been tormented with insects called Easy Writers, whose abilities Mr. Wycherly one day described excellently well in one word: " That, "faid he, among these sellows is called Easy Writing, which any one may easily write." Such janty scribblers are so justly laughed at sor their sonnets on Phillis and Cbloris, and fantastical descriptions in them, that an ingenious kinsman of mine, of the family of the Staffs, Mr. Humphrey Wagjiaff by name, has, to avoid their strain, run into a way persectly new, and described things exactly as they happen: He never sorms sields, or nymphs, or groves, where they are not; but makes the incidents just as they really appear. For an example of it; I stole out of his manuscript the sollowing lines: They are a description of the morning, but of the morning in town; nay, of the morning at this end of the town, where my kinsman at present lodges.

Now hardly here and there an hackney-coach < Appearing, show'd the ruddy morn's approach.

D z Now *

Now Betty from her master's bed had flown,

And softly stole to discompose her own.

The slipshod 'prentice, from his master's door,

Had par'd the street, and sprinkled round the floor;

Now Moll had whirl'd her mop with dext'rous airs,

Prepar'd to scrub the entry and the stairs.

The youth with broomy stumps began to trace

The kennel-edge, where wheels had worn the place.

The small-coal-man was heard with cadence deep,

Tiil drown'd in shriller notes of Chimney-sweep.

Duns at his Lordship's gates began to meet;

And brick-dust Moll had scream'd thro' half a streets

The turnkey now his flock returning sees,

Duly let out a' nights to steal for sees.

The watchsul bailiffs take their silen^stands;

And school-boys lag with fatchels inftheir hands.

All that I apprehend is, that dear Numfs will be angry I have published these lines; not that he has any reason to be ashamed of them, but for sear of those rogues, the bane to all excellent performances, the Imitators. Therefore, before-hand, I bar all descriptions of the Evening; as, a medley of verses signifying grey-peas are now cried warm; that wenches now begin to amble round the passages of the playhouse: Or of Noon; as, that sine Ladies and great Beaus are just yawning out of their beds and windows in Pall-Mall, and so forth. I forewarn also all persons from encouraging any draughts after my cousin; and foreiel any man who shall go about to imitate him, that he will be very insipid. The family-stock is embarked in this design, and we will not admit of counterseits: Dr. Anderson and his heirs enjoy his pills ; Sir William Read has the cure of eyes, and Monsieur Rojselli only can cure the gout. We pretend to none of these things; but to examine who and who are together, to tell any mistaken man he is not what he believes he is, to distinguish merit, and expose false pretences to it, is a liberty cur family has by law in them, from an intermarriage with a daughter of Mr. Scoggin, the famous Droll of the last century. This Right I design to make use of; but I will not encroach upon the above-mentioned adepts, or


any other. At the fame time, I shall take all the privileges I may, as an Englijhman, and will lay hold of the late Act of naturalization to introduce what I shall think sit from France. The use of that law, may, I hope, be extended to people the polite world with now characters, as well as the kingdom itself with new subjects. Theresore an Author of that nation, called Le Bruyeri, I shall make bold with on such occasions. The last person I read of in that writer was Lord Timon. Timon, fays my Author, is the most generous of all men ; but is so hurried away with that strong impulse of bestowing, that he consers benesits without distinction, and is munisicent without laying obligations. For all the unworthy, who receive from him, have so little sense of this noble insirmity, that they look upon themselves rather as partners in a spoil, than partakers of a bounty. The other day, coming into Paris, I met Timon going out on horsebacks attended only by one servant. It struck me with a sudden damp, to see a man of so excellent a disposition, and who understood making a sigure so very well, so much shortened in his retinue. But passing by his house, I faw his greatcoaes break to pieces besore his door, and, by a strange enchantment, immediately turned into many disserent vehicles. The sirst was a very pretty chariot, into which stepped his Lordship's Secretary. The second was hung a little heavier; into that strutted the fat Steward, la an instant sollowed a chaise, which was entered by the Butler. The rest of the body and wheels were sorthwith changed into go-carts, and ran away with by the nurses and brats of the rest of the family. What makes these missortunes in the asfairs of Timon the more astonishing is, that he has better understanding than those who cheat him; so that a man knows not which more to wonder at, the indifference of the master, or the impudence of the servant.

White's Chocolate-house, April 29.

It is matter of much speculation among the Beam and Oglers, what it is that can have made so sudden a change, as has been- of late observed, in- the.-whole be£> % haviour haviour of Pustorella, who never fat still a moment until she was eighteen, which she has now exceeded by two months. Her Aunt, who has the care of her, has aot been always so rigid as she is at this present date; hut has so good a sense of the frailty of woman, and falshood of man, that slie resolved on all manner of me thods to keep Pustorella, if possible, in fasety, against herself and all her admirers. At the fame time the good Lady knew by long experience, that a gay inclination, curbed too rashly, would but run to the greater excesses for that restraint: She theresore intended to watch her, and take some opportunity of engaging her insensibly in her own interests, without the anguiso of admonition. You are to know then, that Miss, with all her flirting and ogling, had also naturally a strong curiosity in her, and was the greatest eaves-dropper breathing. Parisatis (sor so her prudent Aunt is called) observed this humour, and retires one day to her closet, into which she knew Pastorella would peep, and listen to know how soe was employed. It happened accordingly; and the young Lady faw her good Governanteon her knees, and, after a mental behaviour, break into these words, '' As "sor the dear child committed to my care, let her so"briety of carriage, and severity os behaviour, be "such as may make that noble Lord who is taken with "her beauty, turn his designs to such as are honour-. "able." Here Parisatis heard her Niece nestle closer to the key-hole: She then goes on; " Make her the "joysul mother of a numerous and wealthy offspring; V aud let her carriage be such, as may make this noble '' youth expect the blessings of an happy marriage, "from the singularity of her lise, in this loose and cen"sorious age." Miss having heard enough, sneaks off for sear of discovery, and immediately at her glass alters the sitting of her head; then pulls up her tucker, and forms herself into the exact manner of Lindamira: la a word, becomes a sincere convert to every thing that is commendable in a sine young Lady; and two or threesuch matches, as her Aunt seigned in her devotions, are at this day in her choice. This is the history and original cause of Pa/lorella's conversion from coquetry. The prudence in the management of this young Lady's tem-,


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