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any other. At the same time, I shall take all the privileges ( may, as an Englishman, and will lay hold of the late 'Aet of naturalization to introduce what I fall think fit from France. The use of that law, may, I hope, be extended to people the polite world with new characters, as well as the kingdom itself with new fubjects. Therefore an Author of that nation, called te Bruyers, I shall make bold with on such occasions. The last person I read of in that writer was Lord Timon. Timon, says my Author, is the most generous of all men ; but is so hurried away with that strong impulse of bestowing, that he confers benefits without distinction, and is munificent without laying obligations. For all the unworthy, who receive from him, have so little sense of this noble infirmity, 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 horseback, attended only by one fervant. It ftruck me with a sudden damp, to see a man of so excellent a disposition, and who understood making a figure so very well, ro much shortened in his retinue. But passing by his house, I saw his great coaca break to pieces before his door, and, by a strange enchantment, immediately turned into many different ve. hicles. The first was a very pretty chariot, into which tepped his Lordship's Secretary. The fecond was hung a little heavier; into that strutted the fat Steward. In an instant followed a chaise, which was entered by the Butler. The rest of the body and wheels were forthwith changed into go.carts, and ran away with by the purses and brats of the rest of the family. What makes these misfortunes in the affairs of Timon the more afto. nishing 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 Beaus and Oglers, what it is that can have made fo sudden a change, as has been of late observed, in the whole be
haviour haviour of Paftorella, who never sat ftill a moment until she was eighteen, which the bas now exceeded by. two months. Her Aunt, who has the care of her, has not been always so rigid as she is at this present date; but has so good a sense of the frailıy of woman, and falfhood of man, that the resolved on all manner of me. thods to keep Paftorella, if possible, in safety, 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 exceffes for that restraint: She therefore intended to watch her, and take some opportunity of engaging her insensibly in her own interests, without the anguilh of admonition, You are to know then, that Miss, with all her Airting and ogling, had also naturally a ftrong curiosity in her, and was the greatest eaves-dropper breathing. Paris jatis. (for so her prudent Aunt is called) observed this humour, and retires one day to her closet, into which she knew Pasorella would peep, and listen to know how she was employed. It happened accordingly; and the young Lady saw her good Governante on her knees, and, after a mental behaviour, break into these words, “ As. " for the dear child committed to my care, let her son “ briety of carriage, and severity of behaviour, be “ such as may make that noble Lord who is taken with "s her beauty, turn his designs to such as are honour" able," Here Parisatis heard her Niece neftle closer 10 the key-hole : She then goes on : “ Make her the “ joyful mother of a numerous and wealthy offspring : "! and let her carriage be such, as may make this noble " youth expect the blessings of an happy marriage, “ from the fingularity of her life, in this loose and cen" forious age." Miss having beard enough, sneaks of for fear of discovery, and immediately at her glass alters the firting of her head; then pulls up her tucker, and forms herlelf into the exact manner of Lindamira : In a word, becomes a fincere convert to every thing that is commendable in a fine young Lady; and two or three such matches, as her Aunt feigned in her devotions, are at tbis day in her choice. This is the history and original cause of Pafiorella's conversion from coquetry. The prudence in the management of this young Lady's tem,
per, and good judgment of it, is hardly to be exceeded. I scarce remember a greater instance of forbearance of the usual peevish way with which the aged treat the young than this, except that of our famous Noy, whose good nature went fo far, as to make him put off his ad. monitions to his son, even until after his death; and did not give him his thoughts of him, until he came to read that memorabłe passage in his Will: “ All the “ rest of my estate, says he, † leave to my Son Edrward " (who is executor to this my Will) to be squandered " a: he thall think fit : I leave it him for that purpose, " and hope no better from him.” A generous disdain, and reflection upon how little he deserved from fo excellent a father, reformed the young man, and made Edward from an errant Rake become a fine Gentleman.
· St. James's Coffee house, April 29.
Letters from Portugal of the eighteenth infant, dated from Estremos - say, that on the sixth the Earl of Galway arrived at that place, and had the satisfaction to see the Quarters well furnished with all manner of provisions, and a quantity of bread fufficient for subfitting the troops for fixty days, besides biscuit for twenty-five days. The enemy gave it out, that they fall bring into the field fourteen regiments of horse, and twentyfoar battalions. The troops in the service of Portugal will make up 14,000 foot, and 4000 horse. On the day shefe letters were dispatched, the Earl of Galway received advice, that the Marquis de Bay was preparing for some enterprize, by gathering his troops together on the frontiers. "Whereupon his Excellency resolved to go that fame night to Villa Viciosa, to assemble the troops in that neighbourhood, in order to disappoint his designs.
Yesterday in the evening Captain Foxton, Aid-decamp to Major-General Cadogan, arrived here express from the Duke of Marlborough. And this day a mail is come in with letters dated from Brussels of the fixth of May, N. S. which advise, that the enemy had drawn together a body, confisting of 20,000 men, with a defign, as was supposed, to intercept the great convoy on thre march towards Lifle, which was fafely arrived at •
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Menin and Courtray, in its way to that place, the French baving retired without making any attempt.
We hear from the Hague, that a person of the first quality is arrived in the Low-Countries from France, in order to be a plenipotentiary in an ensuing treaty of peace.
Letters from France acknowledge, that Monfieur. Bernard has made no higher offers of satisfaction to his creditors'than of 351. per Cent.
These advices add, that the Marshal Boufflers, Mon. fieur Torcy, (who distinguished himself formerly, by advifing the Court of France to adhere to the treaty of Partition) and Monsieur d'Harcourt, (who negotiated with Cardinal Portocarrero for the succession of the crown of Spain in the house of Bourbon) are all three joined in a com iniffion for a treaty of peace. 'The Marsha! is come to Ghent : The other two are arrived at the Hague.
It is confidently reported here, that the right honourable the Lord Townsend is to go with his Grace the Duke of Marlborough into Holland.
Tuesday, May 3, 1709.
By Mrs. Jenny Difaf, Half-Sister to Mr. Bickerstof.
From my own Apartment, May 1. M y brother Ifaac, having a sudden occasion to go
IV 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 confess, 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 firit that I lay my hands on, is, a treatise concerning “ the em.
6 pire of beauty," and the effects it has had in all na tions of the world, upon the public and private actions of men; with an appendix, which he calls, “ The " Bachelor's scheme for governing his wife.” The first thing he makes this. gentleman propose, is, that the Thall be no woman; for she is to have an aversion to balls, to operas, to visits : She is to think his company sufficient to fill up all the hours of life with great satisfaction : 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 the shall be a cuckold ; but expects, that he himself must live in perfect security from that terror. He dwells a great while on instructions for her discreet behaviour, in case of his falíhood. 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 worth " quarrelling for." My brother is of a complexion truly amorous; all his thoughts and actions carry in 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 pratenders to our favour would insinuate. He obferves, that no man begins to make any tolerable figure, 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 saw the Lady Botty Modifs; now, never gives his man an order, but it's, “ pray, Tom, do it.” The drawers where he drinks live in perfect happiness. He asked Will at the George the other day, how he did ? Where he used to say, " damn it, it is so ;" he now " believes there is some mistake; he must confefs, he * is of another opinion ; but however he will not " infift."
Every temper, except downright infipid, is to be ani. mated and softened by the influence of beauty : But of