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per, and good judgment of it, is hardly to be exceeded. I scarce remember a greater instance of sorbearance of the usual peevish way with which the aged treat the young than this, except that of onr famous Noy, whose good nature went so far, as to make him put off his admonitions to his son, even until after his death; and did not give him his thoughts of him, until he came to read that memorable pasfage in his Will: " All the "rest of my estate, fays he, 1 leave to my Son Edward "(who is executor to this my Will) to be squandered "a.' he shall think sit: I leave it him sor that purpose, "and hope no better fram him." A generous disdain, and reflection upon how little he deserved from so excellent a sather, resormed the young man, and made Edward from an errant Rake become a sine Gentleman.
St. James's Coffee house, April 29.
Letters from Portugal of the eighteenth instant, dated from Estremos fay, that on the sixth the Earl of Gahi:a? arrived at that place, and had the fatisfaction to see the Quarters well surnished with all manner of provisions, and a quantity of bread sufficient sor subsisting the troops sor sixty days, besides biscuit sor twenty-sive days. The enemy gave it out, that they shall bring into the sield sourteen regiments of horse, and twentysonr battalions. The troops in the service of Portugal will make up 14,000 soot, and 4000 horse. On the day these letters were dispatched, the Earl of Galway received advice, that the Marquis de Bay was preparing for some enterprize, by gathering his troops togetheron the frontiers. Whereupon his Excellency resolved to go that fame night to Villa Viciosa, to assemble the troops in that neighbourhood, in order to difappoint his designs.
Yesterday in the evening Captain Foxton, Aid-decamp to Major-General Cadogan, arrived here express from the Duke of Marlbcrough. And this day a mail is come in with letters dated from Brussels of the sixth of May, N. S. which advise, that the enemy had drawn together a body, consisting of 20,000 men, with a design, as was supposed, to intercept the great convoy on the march towatds Liste, which was fasely arrived at D 4, Menin Nenin and Courtray, in its way to that place, the French having retired without making any attempt.
We hear from the Hague, that a person of the sirst quality is arrived in the Lew-Countries from France, in order to be a plenipotentiary in an ensuing treaty of peace.
Letters from France acknowledge, that Monsieur. Bernard has made no higher offers of fatisfaction to his creditors than of 35/. per Cent.
These advices add, that the Marshal Beujjlers, Monsieur Torcy, (who distinguished himself formerly, by advising the Court of France to adhere to the treaty of Partition) and Monsieur d'Harccurt, (who negotiated with Cardinal Portccarrero for the succession of the crown cf Spain in the house of Bourbon) are all three joined in a commission for a treaty of peace. The Marshal is come to Ghent: The other two are arrived at the Hague,
It is considently reported here, that the right honourable the Lord Tcm.mjhtnd is to go with his Grace the Duke of Marlborough into Holland.
N° 10. Tuesday, May 3, 1709.
By Mrs. J.nny Distaff, Half-Sifter to Mr. Bickerjlaff. From my own Apartment, May 1.
MY brother Isaac, having a sudden occasioa to go out of town, ordered me to take upon me the dispatch of the next advices from home, with liberty to speak in my own way; not doubting the allowances which, would be given to a writer of my sex. You may be sure I undertook it with much fatisfaction: And I consess, I am not a little pleased with the opportunity of running over all the papers in his closet, which he has left open for my use on this occasion. The sirll that 1 lay my hands on, is, a treatise concerning " the em. "pire of beauty," and the effects it has had in all nations of the world, upon the public and private actions of men; with an appendix, which he calls, " The "Bachelor's scheme for governing his wise." The sirst thing he makes this, gentleman propose, is, that she shall be no woman; for she is to have an aversion te» balls, to operas, to visits: She is to think his company sufsicient to sill up all the hours of lise with greats fatisfaction: She is never to believe any other man wise, learned, or valiant; or at least, but in a second degree. In the next place, he intends she shall be a cuckold; but expects, that he himself must live in persect security from that terror. He dwells a great while on instructions for her discreet behaviour, in case of his falshood. I have not patience with these unreasonable expectations, therefore turn back to the treatise itself. Here indeed my brother deduces all the revolutions' among men from the passion of love; and in his preface answers that usual observation against us, " that "there is no quarrel without a woman in it;" with a gallant assertion, " that there is nothing else worths t* quarrelling for." My brother is of a complexions truly amorous; all his thoughts and actions carry inv them a tincture of that obliging inclination ; and this turn has opened his eyes to see, that we are not the inconsiderable creatures which unlucky pretenders to our favour would insinuate. He observes, that no man begins to make any tolerable sigure, until he sets out with the hopes of pleasing some one of us. No sooner he takes that in hand, but he pleases every one else by the bye. It has an immediate effect upon his behaviour.There is Colonel Ranter, who never spoke without an, oath, until he faw the Lady B'lty Modijh; now, never gives his man an order, but it "s, " pray, Tom, do it." The drawers where he drinks live in persect happiness. He asked Will at the George the other day, how he did? Where he used to fay, " damn it, it is so;" he now ** believes there is some mistake; he must consess, he "is of another opinion ; Jput however he will not "insist."'
Every temper, except downright insipid, is to.be animated and softened by the influence of beauty: But of D 5 this this untractable sort is a liseless handsome fellow that visits us, whom I have dressed at this twelve-month; but he is as insensible of all the arts I use, as if he conversed all that time with his nurse. He out-does our whole sex in all the faults our enemies impute to us; he has brought laziness into an Opinion, and makes his indolence his Philosophy: insomuch that no longer ago than yesterday in the evening he gave me this account of himself; " I am, Madam, persectly unmoved at all "that passes among men, and seldom give myself the "fatigue of going among them; but when I do, I al*' ways appear the fame thing to those whom I converse "with. My hours of existence, or being awake, are "from eleven in the morning to eleven at night; half "of which I live to myself, in picking my teeth, "washing my hands, paring my nails, and looking in "the glass. The insignisicancy of my manners to the "rest of the world, makes the laughers call me a Qnid"nunc, a phrase which I neither understand, nor shall *' ever enquire what they mean by it. The last of me "each night is at St. James's coffee-house, where I "converse, yet never fall into a dispute on any occasion; but leave the understanding I have, passive of "all that goes through it, without entering into the "business of lise. And thus, Madam, have I arrived "by laziness, to what others pretend to by philosophy, ** a persect neglect of the world." Sure, if our sex had the liberty of frequenting public-houses and converfations, we should put these rivals of our faults and follies out of countenance. However, we shall soon have the pleasure of being acquainted with them one way or other; for my brother Isaac designs, for the use »f our sex, to give the exact characters of all the chief politicians, who frequent any of the coffee-houses from St. James's to the Exchange; but designs to begin with that cluster of wise-heads, as they are found sitting every evening from the left-side of the sire, at the Smyrna, to the door. This will be of great service for vs, and I have authority to promise an exact journal of their deliberations; the publication of which I am to be allowed for pin-money. In the mean time, I cast my eye upon a new book, which gave me more pleasing
enterentertainment, being a sixth part of Miscellany Poems published by Jacob Ton/on; which, I sind by my brother's notes upon it, no way inserior to the other volumes. There is, it seems, in this, a collection of the. best pastorals that have hitherto appeared in England; but among them none superior to that dialogue between Sylvia and Dorinda, written by one of my own sex } where all our little weaknesses are laid open in a manner more just, and with truer raillery, than ever man yet hit upon.
Only this I now discern,
But to reassume my sirst design, there cannot be a; greater instance of the command of semales, than in the prevailing charms of the heroine in the Play, which wasacted this night, called, Ml for Low; or, The Worlds *well loft. The enamoured Anthony resigns glory and power to the sorce of the attractive Cleopatra, whose charms were the defence of her diadem against a people otherwise invincible. It is so natural sor women to talk of themselves, that it is to be hoped, all my own sex, at least, will pardon me, that I could fall into no other discourse. If we have their favour, we give ourselvesvery little anxiety sor the rest of our readers. I believe I see a sentence of Latin in my brother's day-book of wit, which seems applicable on this occasion, and in contempt of the critics,
Tnftitiam tSs Metus
No boding sears shall break my rest,