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Patronage upon the same Account. I must confess, my Lord, had not I already receiv'd great Instances of your favour, I should have been afraid of submitting a Work of this Nature to your Perusal. You are lo throughly acquainted with the Characters of Men, and all the Parts of human Life, that it is impossible for the least Misrepresentation of them to escape your Notice. It is Your Lordship’s particular Distinction that you are Master of the whole Compass of Business, and have signalized Your Self in all the different Scenes of it. We admire fome for the Dignity, others for the Popularity of their Behaviour; some for their Clearness of Judgment, others for their Happiness of Expression; some for the laying of Schemes, and others for the putting

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of them in Execution: It is Your Lordship only who enjoys these ses veral Talents united, and that too in as great Perfection as others pofsess them singly. Your Enemies acknowledge this

great Lordship’s Characters at the same time that they use their utmost Industry and Invention to derogate from it. But it is for Your Honour that those who are now Your Enea mies were always so. You have acted in so much Consistency with Your Self, and promoted the Interests of your Country in fo uniform a Manner, that even those who would misrepresent your Generous Designs for the Publick Good, cannot but approve the Steadiness and Intrepidity with which You pursue them. It is a most sensible Pleasure to me that I have this

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My LORD,

Your Lordship's

moft Obliged,

and most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

The SPECTATOR

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N° 322 Monday, March 1o. 1712.

-Ad bumum marore gravi deducit es angit. Hor,

T is often said, after a Man has heard a Story with extraordinary Circumstances, It is a very good one if it be true: But as for the following Relation, I should be glad were 1 sure it were false. It'is told

with such Simplicity, and there are so many artless Touches of Distress in it, that I fear it comes. too much from the Heart.

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OME Years ago it happened that I lived in the

fame House with a young Gentleman of Merit; with whose good Qualities I was so much taken, as to make it my Endeavour to shew as many as I was able in my self. Familiar Converse improved general Civilities into an unfeigned Passion on both sides. He watched an Opportunity to declare himself to me; and I, who

could not expect a Man of so great an Estate as his, res 6ceived his Addresses in such Terms, as gave himn no reaA

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• son to believe I was displeased with them, tho' I did s. nothing to make him think me mere easy than was decent. His Father was a very hard worldly Man, and proud; so that there was no reason to believe he would easily be brought to think there was any thing in any 6.Woman's Person or Character that could ballance the

Disadvantage of an unequal Fortune. In the mean time the Son continued his Application to me, and omitted no Occasion of demonstrating the most disinterested

Passion imaginable to me; and in plain direct Terms • offer’d to marry me privately, and keep it fo till he

should be so happy as to gain his Father's Approbation, or become pofleffed of his Eftate. I passionately loved

him, and you will believe I did not deny such a one • what was my Interest also to grant. However I was

not so young, as not to take the Precaution of carrying • with me a faithful Servant, who had been also my * Mother's Maid, to be present at the Ceremony. When * that was over I demanded a Certificate, signed by *the Minister, my Husband, and the Servant I just now spoke of. After our Nuptials, we conversed together yery familiarly in the same Houfe; but the Restraints

we were generally under, and the Interviews we had, • being stolen and interrupted, made our Behaviour to * each other have rather the impatient Fondness which • is visible in Lovers, than the regular and gratified Af* fection which is to be obseryed in Man and Wife. * This Observation made the Father very anxious for • his Son, and press him to a Match he had in his Eye * for him. To relieve my Husband from this Impor= • tunity, and conceal the Secret of our Marriage, which • I had reason to know would not be long in my power

in Town, it was resolved that I fhould retire into a remote Place in the Country, and converse under

feigned Names by Letter. We long continued this • Way of Commerce; and I with my Needle, a few • Books, and reading over and over my Husband's Let. • ters, passed my Time in a resigned Expectation of bet• ter Days. Be pleased to take notice, that within four « Months after I left my Husband I was delivered of a • Daughter, who died within few Hours after her Birth, « This Accident, and the retired Manner of Life I led,

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