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372. Letters in Commendation of Powell, the
Puppet-showman-Club of the Parish
and a Watchman; from a Schoolmistress
jections answered-Rosicrucius's Sepul-
Love-On Improper Behaviourat Church
- Virtue of an
No.311. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1711-12.
Nec Veneris pharetris macer est, aut lampade fervet :
Juv. Sat. vi. 137.
MR. SPECTATOR, I AM amazed that, among all the variety of characters with which you have enriched your speculations, you have never given us a picture of those audacious young fellows among us who commonly go by the name of the fortune-steal
You must know, sir, I am one who live in a continual apprehension of this sort of people, that lie in wait, day and night, for our children, and may be considered as a kind of kidnappers within the law. I am the father of a young heiress, whom I begin to look upon as marriageable, and who has looked upon herself as such for above these six years. She is now in the eighteenth year of her age. The fortune-hunters have already cast their eyes upon her, and take