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598. On a merry and serious Cast of

Temper .............................. ADDISON
599. The Cave of Trophonius, a Dream UNKNOWN.
600. Various Opinions of future Happi.

ness .................................... ADDISON.
601. On Benevolence-Causes which

obstruct it ........................ ... GROVE.
602. Advantages of an Air of Importance

in making Love .......................... UNKNOWN.

603. Phæbe, a Poem ...........

e, a roem ........................ BYROM.

604. On a Desire of knowing future

Events ................................ UNKNOWN.
605. A difficult Case in Love resolved... -

No.
626. On Novelty ............................... GROVE.
627. Letter to Zelinda from her Lover-

his Death .......... ............ UNKNOWN
628. On Eternity .......................

Translation of Cato's Soliloquy ... BLAND.
629. Absurd Claims of Reward ......... UNKNOWN.
630. Church Music recommended-Im-

proper Behaviour in Church ......
631. On Cleanliness ..........................
632. Power of Numbers-Grotto Work

-Verses on a Grotto...............
633. On Oratory – Advantages from

Christianity ........................... PEARČE.
634. On aiming at Perfection ............ UNKNOWN.
635. Enlargement of the Powers of the

Mind in a future State .............. GROVE.

THE

SPECTATOR.

N° 567. WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1714.

Inceptus clamor frustrutur hiantes.

Virg. Æn. vi. 493. The weak voice deceives their gasping throats.

DRYDEN

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I HAVE received private advice from some of my correspondents, that if I would give my paper a general run, I should take care to season it with scandal. I have indeed observed of late, that few writings sell which are not filled with great names and illustrious titles. The reader generally casts his eye upon a new book, and if he finds several letters separated from one another by a dash, he buys it up and peruses it with great satisfaction. An M and an h, a T and an r, * with a short line:

• Mand h means Marlborough, and T and an r means Treasurer.

VOL. XV.

between them, has sold many an insipid pamphlet. Nay, I have known a whole edition go off by virtue of two or three well-written &c- .

A sprinkling of the words · faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer,' and the like significant terms, in an Italic character, have also a very good effect upon the eye of the purchaser; not to mention 'scribbler, liar, rogue, rascal, knave, and villain,' without which it is impossible to carry on a modern controversy.

Our party writers are so sensible of the secret virtue of an inuendo to recommend their produce tions, that of late they never mention the Q_ n. or P- t at length, though the speak of them with honour, and with that deference which is due to

hem from every private person. It gives a secret satisfaction to a peruser of these mysterious works, that he is able to decypher them without help, and, by the strength of his own natural parts, to fill up a blank space, or make out a word that has only the first or last letter to it. · Some of our authors indeed, when they would be more satirical than ordinary, omit only the vowels of a great man's name, and fall most unmercifully upon all the consonants. This way of writing was first of all introduced by T-m Br—wn,* of facetious memory, who, after having gutted a proper name of all its intermediate vowels, used to plant it in his works, and make as free with it as he pleased, without any danger of the statute. .

That I may imitate these celebrated authors, and publish a paper which shall be more taking than ordinary, I have here drawn up a very curious libel, in which a reader of penetration will find a great {eal of concealed satire, and, if he be acquainted

* Tom Brown.

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