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they underwent, and how impoflible it was for either of them ever to be happy.

Azter a long truggle between love and friendship, truth and jealouly, tl.ey one day took a walk together into a wood, carrying their mistress along with them : where, after abundance of lamentations, they stabbed her to the heart, of which the immediately died. A fave, who was at his work not far from the place where this astor.ishing picce of cruelty was committed, hearing the slıricks of the dying perfon, ran to fee what was the occasion of them.. He there discovered the woman lying dead upon the ground, with the two negroes on each side of her kissing the dead torps, weeping over it, and beating their breasts in the. utnost agonies of grief and despair. He immediately ran to the English family with the news of what he had seen; who, upon coming to the place, faw the woman dead, and the two negroes expiring by her with wounds they had gi. ven themselves.

We see in this amazing instance of barbarity, what strange Jilorders are bred in the minds of those men whofe paflions. are not regulated by virtue, and disciplined by reason. Though the action which I hive recited is in itself full of guilt and horror, it proceeded from a temper of mind. which might have produced very noble fruits, had it been, informed and guided by a suitable education.

It is therefore an unleakable blelling to be born in those. parts of the world where willom. and knowledge flourish; ahorgh it must be contelfed, there are, even in these parts, feveral poor uninstructed persons, who are but little above the inhabitants of those nations of which I have been hereSpeaking; as those who have had the advantages of a more liberal education, vise above one another by several different degrees of perfection. For to return to our statue in the block of marble, we see it fometimesonly begun to be chipfed, fometimes rough-hewn, and but just sketched into an human-figure; fonetimes we see the man appearing, diflinctly in all his limbs and features, fonetimes we find the figure wrought up to a great elegancy, but feldom meeti with any to which the hand of a Fhidios or Fraxiteles could not give several nice touches and finishings. DISCOURSES of morality, and reflections upon

luman Nature, are the best incans we can make use of to improve

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our minds, and gain a true knowledge of ourselves, and confequently to recover our souls out of the vice, ignorance, and prejudice, which naturally cleave, to them. I have all along profest myfelf in this paper a promoter of these great ends; and I flatter myself

that I do from day to day contribute fomething to the polishing of mens minds; at. least my design is laudable, whatever the execution may be. I must confess I am not a little encouraged in it by many letters which I recieve from unknown hands, in approbation of my endeavours; and must take this opportue nity of returning my thanks to those who wrote them, and excusing myself for not inferting feveral of them in my papers, which I am fenfible would be a very great ornament to them. Should I publish the praises which are so well penned, they would do honour to the persons who write them, but my publishing of them would, I fear, be a fuffi -. cient instance to the world that I did not deferve them. C.

No 216.

Wednesdy, November 7.

Siquidem hercle poffis, nil prius, neque fortius ;
Verum si incipies, neque perficies naviter,
Atque, ubi pati, 1.012 poteris, cum nemo expetet,
Iufita pace, ultro ad eum venies, indicais
Te amare, á ferre non poffe : cefum eft, ilicet,
Ferisi : elucet, ubi te, vili u111 jenserit.

Ter. Eun, act. I. sc. I, If indeed you can keep to j'Orlr resolution, you will att

a noble and a manh part; but if, when you have fer about it, your courage fails you, and you make a voluntary submiffion, acknowledging the violence of your pallion, and your. in abitity to hold out any longer ;. ali's over with you; you are undone, and may go hang yourself; ll.e. will infult over yout, when she finds you her slave.


HIS is to inform you, that Mr Freeman had. no:' foener taken coach, but liis lady was taken with

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miscarry, if not endanger ber life; therefore, dear Sir, ... jf

you know of any receipt that is good against this fashionable reigning distemper, be pleafed to communicate it “.for the good of the public, and you will oblige.



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"HE uprore was so great assoon as I had read ther-

Spectator concerning Mrs Freeman, that after ma- . ny revolutions in her temper, of raging, swooning, rail-. ing, fainting, pitying herself, and reviling her husband,

upon an accidental coming in of a neighbour lady (who « says she has writ to you also) Ine had nothing left: 6.for it but to fall in a fit. I had the honour to read the

paper to her, and have a pretty good command of my

countenance and temper on such occasions; and loon 6 found


historical naine to be Tom Meggot in your writarings, but concealed myfelf till I faw how it affected 6. Mrs Freeman. She looked frequently at her husband":

as often at me; and she did not treinble as the filled tea o till she came to the circumstance of Armfirong's writing o out a piece of Tully for an. opera tune: then she burlt

out, She was exposed, she was deceived; she was wrongred and abused. The tea-cup wasthrown in the fire ; and 6. without taking vengeance on her spouse, she said of me, 4. That I was a pretending coxcomb, a medler that knew “not what it was to interpose in so nice anaffair as between a man and his wife. To which Mr Freeman, Madám,

I less fond of you than I am, I should not have taken this way of writing to the Spirator, to inform a woman • whoin God and nature has placed under my direction,

with what I request of her; but since you are lo indir creet as not to take the bint which I

gave you

in that paper, I must tell you, Madam, in so many words, that you have for a long and tedious space of time acted a

part unsuitable to the sense you ought to have of the fub, • ordination in which you are placed. And I must acquaint

you once for all, that the fellow.without, ha, Ton! (here « the footman entered and answered, Madam) Sirrah, do you not know my voice! look upon me when I speak

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to you: I say, Madam, this fellow here is to know of me myself, whether I am at leisure to see company or not.

from this hour, mafter of this house; and bue. !siness in it, and every where elfe, is to behave myself in « such a manner, as it ihall be hereafter an honour to you to bear

my name; and your pride, that you are the de.. light, the darling and ornament of a man of honour, use-. 4 ful and esteemed by his friends ; and I no longer one that: < has buried fome merit in the world, in compliance to a

froward hunour which has grown upon an agreeable woman by his indulgence. Mr Freeman ended this with

a tenderness in his afpect and a down-cast eye; which 6 shewed he was extremely moved at the anguish he faw her • in; for she fat twelling with passion, and her eyes firmly. ' fixed on the fire; when I, fearing he would lose all again, 'took upon me toʻprovoke her out of that amiable forrow ' she was in, to fall upon me; upon which 1 faid very feafonably for my friend, That indeed Mr Freeman was become the common talk of the town; and that nothing was so much a jest, as when it was said in company, Mr Frçoman has promised to come to tuch a place Upon which the good lady turned her foftr:efs into downright

and threw the scalding tea-kettle upon your humble. • servant; few into the middle of the room, and cried out • she was the unfortunatest of all women: others kept fas "inily dissatisfaction for hours of privacy. and retirment;

no apology was to be made to her, no expedient to be

found, no previous manner of breaking what was amiss & in her ; but all the world was to be acquainted with her

errors, without the least admonition. Mr Freeinas was going to make a foft'ning speech, but I interposed. Look you, Madam, I have nothing to say to this matter

but you ought to consider you are now past a chicken ; ' this humour which was well enough in a girl, is insuffer' able, in one of your motherly character. With that she

lost all patience, and flew directly at her buband's periwig. I got her in iny arms, aniž defended my friend : he making figns at the fame time that it was too much

I beckoning, nodding, and frowning over her shoulder, " that he was lost if he did not persist. In this manner she

few round and round the rouin in a moment, till the lady I spoke of above and lervants eatered; upon which



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• The fell on a couch as breathlefs. I ftill kept up my

friend : but he, with a very silly air, bid them bring the

coach to the door, and we went off, I forced to bid the 'coachman drive on. We were no sooner come to my ' lodgings but all his wife's relations came to inquire after • hin; and Mrs Frecman's mother write a note, where-. ' in she thoug!t never to liave seen this day, and so forth..

'In a word, Sir, I am afraid we are upon a thing we I have no talents for; and I can observe already, my friend • looks upon me rather as a man that knows a weakness : r of him that he is alhained of, than one who has rescued • him from slavery. Mr SPECTATOR, I am but a young

fellow, and if Mr Freeman fubmits, I shall be looked upon as an incendiary, and never get a wife as long as

I breathe. He has indeed fent word home he mall lye at. Hampstead to night; but I believe fear of the first onset

after this rupture has too great a place in this resolution. “ Mrs Freeman has a very pretty sister ; suppose I deli.

vered him up, and articled with the inother for her bringing him home. If he has not courage to stand it, (you are a great cafuift) is it fuchi an iil thirs to bring myself

off, as well as I can! What makes me doubt my man, "is, that I find he thinks it reasonable to expostulate at " least with her : and Captain SENTRY will tell you, if you 6. let your orders be disputed, you are no longer a com6.mander.

I wish you could advise me how to get clear 6. of this business handsonly.

Tom Meggots

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No 217

Thursday, November 8.

Tunc famina fimplex,
Et pariter ioto repetitur clamor. ab antro.

Juv. fat. 6. v. 326,
Thence unrestrain'd by rules of decency,
Thafsembled females raise a general cij.

SHALL entertain iny reader to-day with foine letters

from ny correfpondents. The first of them is the den kription of a club, whether real or imaginary, I cannot.


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