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"I congratulate you, my dear kinsman, upon these *' conquests; such as Roman Emperors lamented they *' could not gain; and in which you rival your corre*' spon-dent Louis le Grand, and his dictating Academy.
"Be yours the glory to perform, mine to record, as "Mr. Dryden has said before me to his kinsman; and "while you enter triumphant into the temple of the "Muses, I, as my office requires, will, with my staff on 41 my shoulder, attend and conduct you. I am,
your most affectionate kinsman,
*' Upon the humble application of certain persons "who have made heroic figures in Mr. Bukerstaff's nar"rations, notice is hereby given, That no such fliall *' ever be mentioned for the future, except those who "have sent menaces, and not submitted to admonition."
N° 72. Saturday, September 24, 1709.
White's Chocolate-house, Septemher 23.
Y Have taken upon me no very easy ta& in turning all J my thoughts on panegyric, when most of the advices Tsreceive tend to the quite contrary purpose; and I have few notices but such as regard follies and vices. But the properest way for me to treat is, to keep in general upon the passions and affections of men, with as little regard to particulars, as the nature of the thing will admit. However, I think there is something so passionate in the circumstances of the lovers mentioned in the following Letter, that I anv willing to go out of my way to obey what is commanded in it.
» 1 Sir,
St», London, Sept. 17.
"TTOUR design of entertaining the town with ths •* \ characters of the ancient Heroes, as person* •* (hall fend an account to Mr. Morpheiv's, encourages "me and others beg of you, that in the mean time, "if it is not contrary to the method you have proposed, "you would give us one Paper upon the subject of the *' death of Pœtus and his wife, when Nero sent him an order to kill himself: His wife, setting him the ex"ample, died with these words, Patus, it is not pain'* ful. You must know the story, and your observation* "upon it will oblige,
Your most humble servant.
When the worst man that ever lived in the world had* the highest station in it, human life was the object of his diversion; and he sent orders frequently, out of mer* wantonness, totakepfF such and such, without so much* as being angry with them. Nay, frequently his tyranny was so humorous, that he put men to death, because h$ could not but approve of them. It came one day to his ear, that a certain married couple, Pætus and Arriat lived in a more happy tranquillity and mutual love than any other persons who were the* in being. He listened with great attention to the account of their manner of spending their time together, of the constant pleasure they were to each other in all their words and actions ;. and found by exact information, that they were so treasonable, as to be much more happy than his Imperial Majesty himself. Upon which he vint Patus the following billet:
"Patus, you are hereby desired to dispatch yourself.. "I have heard a very good character of you; and there> *• fore leave it to yourself, whether you will die by dag"ger, sword, or poison. If you outlive this order abov? '* an hour, I have given directions to put you to death; y by torture,
G j Thi»
This familiar epistle was delivered to his wife Arria, who opened it.
One must have a Soul very well turned for love, pity* and indignation, to comprehend the tumult this unhappy Lady was thrown into, upon this occasion. Thft passion of love is no mere to be understood by some tempers, than a problem in a science by an ignorant man: But he that knows what affection is, will have, upon considering the condition of Arria, ten thousand thoughts flowing upon him, which the tongue was not formed to express; but the charming statue is now before my eyes, and jlrria, in her unutterable sorrow, has more beauty than ever appeared in youth, in mirth, or in triumph. These are the great and noble incidents which speak tha, dignity of our Nature, in our sufferings and distress/es. Behold her tender affection for her husband sinks her features into a countenance, which appears more helpless than that of an infant: But again, her indignation sliews in her visage and her bosom a resentment, as strong as that of the bravest man. Long soe stood in this agony of alternate rage and love; but at last composed herself for her dissolution, rather than survive her beloved Pa-tut. When he came into her presence, he found her with the tyrant's letter in one hand, and a dagger in the other. Upon his approach to her, (he gave him the order: and at the fame time stabbing herself, " Ptttur, "said (he, it is nctt painful," and expired. Palus immediately followed her example. The passion of these memorable lovers was such, that it illuded the rigour of their fortune, and baffled the force of a blow, which neither felt, because each Received it for the sake of the other. The woman's part in this story is by much the more heroic, and has occasioned one of the best epigrams, transmitted to us from antiquity.
When Arria pull'd the dagger from her side,
From From my own Apartment, September 13.
The boy says, one in a black hat left the following Letter.
Friend, 19th of the seventh month.
"TOEING of that part of Christians whom men ** X3 ca'l Quakers, and being a seeker of the right *' way, I was persuaded yesterday to hear one of your ** most noted teachers; the1 matter he treated, was ne'* ceffity of well living grounded'upon a future state. I ** was attentive; but the man did not appear in earnest. "He read his discourse, notwithstanding thy rebukes, "so heavily, and with so little air of being convinced '* himself, that I thought he would have Aept, as 1 ob"served many of his hearers did; I came home un< ** edified, and troubled in mind. I dipt into the Lameu'" tations, and from thenct turning to the chapter *« of Eztiiel, I found these words; Wo be to the Ihep
herds of Israel, that do feed themselves! should not "the shepherds feed the flock? Ye eat the fat, and ye. "clothe you wi;h the wool: ye kill them that are fed; ** but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not "strengthened j neither have ye healed that which wa» "sick; neither have ye bound up that which was bro"ken; neither have ye brought again that which was. "driven away; neither have ye sought that which was "lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled "them, Sec. Now, I pray thee, friend, as thou art a •* man skilled in many things, tell me, who is meant. "by the Diseased, the Sick, the Broken, the Driven, ** away, and the Lost? and whether the prophecy in "this chapter be accomplished, or yet to edme to pass f
and thou wilt oblige thy friend, though unknown."
This matter is too sacred for this Paper; but I cannot fee what injury it would do to any Clergyman to have it in his eye, and believe all that are taken from him by his want of industry, are to be demanded of him- I dare fay, Favonius has very few of these losses. Fa<uonius, in the midst of a thousand impertinent assailants of G 4 ill* the Divise Truths, is an undisturbed defender of them. He protects all under his care, by the clearness of his understanding, and the example of his life: He visits dying men with the air of a man who hoped for his own dissolution, and enforces in others a contempt of this life, by his own expectation of the next. His voice and behaviour are the lively images of a composed and wellgoverned zeal. None can leave him for the frivofous jargon uttered by the ordinary teachers among the dissenters, but such, who cannot distinguish vociferation from eloquence, and argument from railing. He is so> great a judge of mankind, and touches our passions with so superior a command, that he who deserts his congregation must be a stranger to the dictates of Nature, .asswell as those of Grace.
But I must proceed to other matters, and resolve Jthf • questions of other enquirers; as in the following:
SlR, HeddingtQtt, Sept, 15.
"T7PON reading that part of the Tatler, Number. "\j 69, where mention is made of a certain chapel-, •' clerk, there arose a dispute, and that produced a wa«' ger, whether by the words chapel-clerk, was meant a.
Clergyman or Layman? by a Clergyman, I mean.. *« one in holy orders. It was not, that any body in the
company pretended to guess who the person was; but.
some asserted, that by Mr. Bickerjiaff't words must be, «' meant a Clergyman only: Others said, that those. »' words might have been said of any clerk of a parish j . «' and some of them more properly of a Layman. The «' wager is half a dozen bottles of wine; in which, if. «' you please to determine it, your health, and all the '« family of the Staffs, shall certainly be^ drank; and »• you will singularly oblige another very considerable. «' family; I mean that of
Your humble servants,
The Trencher Copy,
It is very customary with us learned men, to find perplexities jvbere no-one else can see any. The honest