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looked cold at each other the whole day, but Dapper fell in with his brisk way, shook us both by the hand, rallied the 'bride, mistook the acceptance he met with amongst us for extraordinary perfection in himself, and heartily pleased, and was pleased, all the while he stayed. His company left us all in good humour, and we were not such foals as to let it sink, before we confirmed it by great chearfulnefs and openness in our carriage the whole evening.
White's Chocolate-house, OSober 24.
I have been this evsning to visit a Lady who is a relation of the enamoured Gynibio, and there heard the melancholy news of his death. I was in hopes, that fox-hunting and OQcber would have recovered him front his unhappy passion. He went into the country with a design to leave behind him all thoughts of Clariffa; but he found that place only more convenient to think of her without interruption. The country Gentlemen were very much puzzled upon his cafe, and never finding him merry or loud in their company, took him for a RomaB Catholic, and immediately upon his death seized his French Valet de Chambre for a Priest; and it is generally thought in the country, it will go hard with him next sessions. Poor Cynthia never held up his head after having received a Letter of Clarijsa's marriage. The Lady who gave me this account being far gone in Poetry and Romance told me, If I would give her an Epitaph, she would take care to have it placed on his tomb ■$ which (he herself had devised in the following manner: It is to be made of black marble, and every corner to be crowned with weeping Cupids. Their quivers are to be hung up upon two tall cypress-trees, which are to:grow on each side of the monument, and their arrows to be laid in a great heap, after the manner of a funeral pile, on which is to lie the body of the deceased. On the top of each cypress is to stand the figure of a mourning turtle-dove. On the uppermost part of the monument, the Goddess, to whom these birds are sacred, is to sit in a dtjocted posture, as weeping for the death of her votary, f need not tell you this Lady's head is a little turned-: 6 However, However, to be rid of importunities, I promisix! her an Epitaph, and told her, I would take for my pattern that of Don Alonzo, who was no less famous in hwage than Cjnthio, is in ours.
Here lies Don Alonzo,
Slain by a wound receiv'd under
His left pap;
If thou would'st avosd so strange
N° 85. Thursday, October 27, 1709.
Frcm my own Apartment, Oftober 25.
When I came home last night, my servant delivered me the following Letter:
Sir, Ofiober 24.
*« ¥ Have orders from Sir Harry Quickset of Stnffcrd"'£ fiire, Baronet, to acquaint you, that his honour *' Sir Harry himself, Sir Gilts Wheelbarrow, Knight, ** Thomas Rentfrtt, Esquire, Justice of the Quorum, *' Andrew Windmill, Esquire, and Mr.. Nicholas Doubt "of the Inner Temple, Sir Harry's grandson, will wait "upon you at the hour of nine to-morrow morning, *' being Tuesday the twenty-fifth of Qdolur, upon bu(iK 3 "ntss N° 84. Saturday, October 22, 1709.
From my own Apartment, Qiltber z\.
Have received a Letter subscrihed A. B. wherein it has been represented to me as- an enormity, that there are more than ordinary crowds of women at the Old Bailey when a. Rape is to be tried : But by Mr. A. B'a> favour, I cannot tell who are so much concerned in that part of the law as the Sex he mentions, they being the only^ persons liable to such insults. Nor indeed do t think it more unreasonable that they siiould be inquiiif tive on such occasions than men of honour, when one is tried for killing another in a duel. It is very natural to enquire how the fatal pass was mr.de,' that we may the better defend ourselves when we come to be attacked. Several eminent Ladies appeared lately at the Court of. Justice on such an occasion, and with great patience and attention staid the whole trids of two peisons for the abovesaid crime. The law to me indeed seems a little defective in this point; and it is a very great hardship, that this crime, which is committed by men only, should have men only on their jury. I humbly therefore p(0pose, -that on suture trials of this sort, h£ilf of the twefte. may be women; and those such whose faces are well known to have taken notes, or may be supposed to remember what happened in former trials in the fame place. There is the learned Androgyne, that would make a good fore-woman of the panel, who, by long attendance, understands as much law and anatomy as is necessary in this cafe. Until this is taken care of, I amhumbly of opinion, it would be much more expedient that the Fair were wholly absent: For to what end can it be, that they should be present at such examinations, when they can only be perplexed with a fellow-feeling, for the injured, without any power to avenge their sufferings.
tferings. It is an unnecessary pain which the Fait Ones •give themselves on these occasions. I have known a "young woman shriek out at some parts of the evidence; and have frequently observed, that when the proof grew particular and strong, there has been such an universal flutter of fans, that one would think the whole female audience wero falling into fits. Nor indeed can 1 fee ■how men themselves can be wholly unmoved at such tragical relations.
In stiort, I must tell my Female Readers, and they may take an old man's word for it, that there is nothing in woman so graceful and becoming as Modesty: It adds charms K> their beauty, and gives a new softness to their Sex. Without it, simplicity and innocence appear rude; reading and good sense, masculine; wit and humour, lascivious. This is so necessary a qualification for pleasing, that the loose part of womankind, whose study it is to ■ensnare mens hearts, never fail to support the appearance of what they know is so essential to that end: And I have heard it reported by the young fellows in my time, as a maxim of the celebrated Madam Bennet, that a young wench, though never so beautiful, was not worth her board when me was past her blushing. This ■discourse naturally brings into my thoughts a Letter I have received from the virtuous lady Wbittkfiick, on the subject of Lucretia.
Cousin Isaac, From my Tea-table, OS. 17.
"T Read your Tatler of Saturday last, and was fur"A prised to see you so partial to your own Sex, as "to think none of ours worthy to sit at your first table; "but sure you cannot but own Lucretia as famous as *' any you have placed there, who first parted with her *' virtue, and afterwards with her life, to preserve her «« fame."
Mrs. Biddy Twig has written me a Letter to the fame purpose: But in answer to both my pretty correspondents and kinswomen, I must tell them, that although I know Lucretia would have made a very graceful figure at the upper end of the table, I did not think it proper
to to place her there, because I knew she would not care fur being in the company of so many men without her husband. At the same time I must own, that Tarquin himself was not a greater lover and admirer of Luc reti* than I myself am in an honest way. When my sister Jenny was in her sampler, I made her get the whole story withouc book, and tell it me in needle-work. This illustrious Lady stands up in history as the glory of her own Sex, and the reproach of ours ; and the circumstances under which she fell were so very particular, that they seem to make adultery and murder meritorious. She was a woman of such transcendent virtue, that her beauty, which was the greatest of the age and country in which she lived, and is generally celebrated as the highest of praise in other women, is never mentioned as a part of her character. Eut it would be declaiming to dwell upon so celebrated a story, which I mentioned only in respect to my kinswomen; and to make reparation for the omission they complain of, do further promise them, that if they can furnish me with instances to fill it, there shall be a small tea-table set a-part in my palace of fame for the reception of all of her character.
Grecian Coffee-house, Oftober 21.
I was this evening communicating my design of producing obscure merit into public view; and proposed to the learned, that they would please to assist me in the work. For the same end I publish my intention to the world, that all men of liberal thoughts may know they have an oportunity of doing justice to such worthy persons as have come within their respective observation, and who by misfortune, modesty, or want of proper writers to recommend them, have escaped the notice of the reft of mankind. If therefore any one can bring any tale or tidings of illustrious persons, or glorious actions, that are not commonly known, he is desired to fend an account thereof to me at J. Morfbeuu's, and they shall have justice done them. At the fame time that I have this concern for men and things that deserve reputation and have it not, I am resolved to examine into the claims of such Ancients and Moderns as are in possession of it