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perfections, that you can bear your faults in him as well as in yourself: He is the first mimic that ever gave the beauties, as well as the deformities, of the man he acted. What Mr. Dryden said of a very great man may be well applied to him:
He seems to be
Not one, but all mankind's epitome.
You are to know, that this Pantomime may be said to be a species, of himself: He has no commerce with the rest of mankind, but as they are the objects of imitation; like the Indian fowl, called the Mock-bird, who has no note of his own, but hits every found in the wood as soon as he hears it j so that Mirrour is at once a copy and an original. Poor Mirrour's fate, as well as talent, is like that of the bird we just now spoke of; the nightingale, theliDnet, the lark, are delighted with his company; but the buzzard, the crow, and the owl, are observed to be his mortal enemies. Whenever Sopbroniui meets Mirrour, he receives him with civility and respect, and well knows, a good copy of himself can be no injury to him; but Batbillus sliutis the street where he expects to meet him; for he, that knows his every step and look is constrained and affected, must be afraid to be rivalled in his action, and of having it discovered to be unnatural, by its being practised by another as well as himself.
From my own Apartment, August 5.
Letters from Coventry and other places have been sent to me, in answer to what I have said in relation to my antagonist Mr. Powell; and advise me, with warm language, to keep to subjects more proper for me than such, high points. But the writers of these epistles mistake the tise and service I proposed to the learned world by such observations: For you are to understand, that the title of this Paper gives me a right of taking to myself, and inserting in it, all such parts of any Book or Letter which are foreign to the purpose intended, or professed, by the writer: So that suppose two great Divines should argue, and treat each other with warmth and levity,
unbecoming unbecoming their, subject or character, all that they say unfit for that place is very proper to be inserted here. Therefore from time to time, in all Writings which shall hereafter be published, you (hall have from me extracts of all that shall appear not to the purpose; and for the benefit of the Gentle Reader, I will Ihevv what to turn over unread, and what to peruse. For this end 1 have a mathematical sieve preparing, in which Iwill siftevery page and paragraph; and all that falls through I mail make bold with for my own use. The fame thing wilt be as beneficial in speech; for all superfluous expressions in talk fall to me also: As, when a pleader at the bar designs to be extremely impertinent and troublesome,
and cries, " Under favour of the Court, With sub
"mission, my Lord— 1 humbly offer" and "I
"think I have well considered this matter; for I would "be very far from trifling with your Lordship's time, "or trespassing upon your patience—however, thus I
*' will venture to fay "and so forth. Or else, when
a sufficient self-conceited coxcomb is bringing out something in his own praise, and begins " Without vanity, *' I must take this upon me to assert." There is also a trick which the Fair Sex have, that will greatly contribute to swell my Volumes: As, when a woman is going, to abuse her best friend, " Pray, fays (he, have you "heard what h said of Mrs. such a one? I am heartily "sorry to hear any thing of that kind of one I have so "great a value for; but they make no scruple of telling "it; and it was not spoken of to me as a secret, for now* "the town rings of it." All such flowers in Rhetorick, and little refuges for malice, are to be noted, and naturally belong only to Tatlers. Fy this method you will immediately findFolio's contract themselves intoOctavo's* and the labour of a fortnight got over in half a day.
St. James's Coffee-house, August 5.
Last night arrived a mail from Liston, which gives » very pleasing account os the posture of affairs in that, part of the world, the enemy having been necessitated wholly to abandon the blockade of Olivenza. These advices fay, that Sir John Jennings is arrived at liston*
When that Gentleman lest Barcelona, his Catholic Ma" jesty was taking all possible methods for carrying on an offensive war. It is observed with great satisfaction in the Court-of Spain, that there is a very good intelligence between the General officers: Count Staremberg and Mr. Stanhope acting in all things with such unanimity, that the public affairs receive great advantages from their personal friendship and esteem to each other, and mutnal assistance in promoting the service of the common cause.
"This is to give notice, that if any able bodied Pa"laline will enter into bonds of matrimony with Belly "Pepin, the said Palatine shall be settled in a freehold "of forty shillings per Annum in the county of Middlesex"
N° 52. Tuesday, August 9, 1709.
White's, Chocolate-house, August 7.
Delamira resigns her Fan.
LONG had the croud of the gay and young stood in suspence, as to their fate in their passion to the beauteous Delamira; but all their hopes are lately vanished, by the declaration that she has made of her choice, to take the happy Archibald for her companion for life. Upon her making this known, the expence of sweet powder and jessamine are considerably abated; and the Mercers and Milleners complain of her want of public spirit, in not concealing longer a secret which was so much the benefit of trade. But so it happened; and no one was in confidence with her in carrying on this traaty, but the matchless Virgulta, whose despair of ever entering the matrimonial state made her, some nights before Delamira's resolution was published to the world, address herself to her in the following manner:
Delamira i "Delamira !' you are now going into that state of life, wherein the use of your charms is wholly to be *' applied to the pleasing only one man. That swim•* ming air of your body, that janty bearing of your "head over one shoulder, and that inexpressible beauty ** in your manner of playing your Fan, must be lowered "into a more confined behaviour; to (hew, that you: "would rather fliun than receive addresses for the future. "Therefore, dear Delamira, give me those excellencies ** you leave off, and acquaint me with your manner of charming: For I take the liberty of our friendship to "fay, that when I consider my own stature, motion, "complexion, wit, or breeding, I cannot think myself '* any way your inferior; yet do I go through crouds "without wounding a man, and all my acquaintance *' marry round me, while I live a virgin unasked; and, •» I think, unregarded."
Delamira heard her with great attention, and, with that dexterity which is natural to her, told her, that alt slie had above the rest of her Sex and contemporary Beauties was wholly owing to a Fan, (that was left her by her mother, and had been long in the family) which whoever had in possession, and used with skill, should command the hearts of all her beholders: And since,, said me smiling, I have no more to do with extending my conquests or triumphs, I will make you a present of this inestimable rarity. Virgulta made heT expressions of the highest gratitude for so uncommon a confidence in her, and desired she would shew her what was peculiar in the management of that utensil, which rendered it of such general force while she was mistress of it. Delamira replied, you fee, Madam, Cupid is the principal figure painted on it; and the skill in playing this Fan is, in your several motions of it, to let him appear as little as possible; for honourable Lovers fly all endeavours to ensnare them; and your Cupid must hide his bow and anrow, or he will never be sure of his game. You may observe, continued stie, that in all public assemblies, the Sexes seem to separate themselves, and draw up to attack each other with eye-lhot: That is the time when the Fan, which is all the armour of a woman, is of most use '• B 4 in in our defence; for our minds are construed by the waving of that little instrument, and our thoughts appear in composure or agitation according to the motion of it. You may observe, when Will Peregrine comes into the fide-box, Miss Gatty flutters her Fan as a fly does its wings round a candle; while her elder sister, who is as much in love with him as she is, is as grave as a Vestal at his entrance, and the consequence is accordingly. He watches half the Play for a glance from her sister, while Gatty is overlooked and neglected. I wilh you heartily as much success in the management of it as I have had: If you think fit to go on where I left off, I will give yoa a short account of the execution I have made with it.
Cimoti, who is the dullest of mortals, and though a wonderful great scholar, does not only pause, but seems to take a nap with his eyes open between every other sentence in ,his discourse: Him have I made a leader in assemblies; and one blow on the shoulder as I passed by him has raised him to a downright impertinent in all conversations. The airy Will Sampler is become as lethargic by this my wand, as Cimon is sprightly. Take it, good girl, and use it without mercy; for the reign of beauty never lasted full three years, but it ended in marriage, or condemnation to virginity. As you fear therefore the one, and hope for the other, I expect an hourly journal of your triumphs; for I have it by certain tradition, that it was given to the first who wore it, by an inchantress, with this remarkable power, that it bestows a husband in half a year on her who does not overlook her proper minute; but assigns to a long despair the woman who is well offered, and neglects that proposal. May occasion attend your charms, and your charms flip no occasion. Give me, 1 fay, an account of the progress of your forces at our next meeting; and you shall hear what I think of my new condition. I shall meet my future spouse this moment. Farewel. live in just terror of the dreadful words, " She was."
From my own Apartment, August 8.
I had the the honour this evening to visit some ladies, where the subject of the conversation was Modesty;