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mission; my lord humbly offer' and, "I think I have well considered this matter; for I would be very far from trilling with your lordship's time, or trespassing upon your patience-however, thus I will venture to say and so forth. Or else when a sufficient self-conceited coxcomb is bringing out something in his own praise, and begins, Without vanity, I must take this upon me to assert. There is also a trick which the fair sex have, that will greatly contribute to swell my vo. lumes: as, when a woman is going to abuse her best friend, · Pray,' says she, have you heard what is said of Mrs. Such-a-one? I am heartily sorry to hear any thing of that kind of one I have so great a value for; but they make no scruple of telling it; and it was not spoken of to me as a secret, for now all the town rings of it. All such flowers in rhetoric, and little refuges for malice, are to be noted, and naturally belong only to Tatlers. By this method you will immediately find folios contract themselves into octavos, and the labour of a fortnight got over in half a day.
St. James's Coffee-house, August 5. Last night arrived a mail from Lisbon, which gives a very pleasing account of the posture of af. fairs in that part of the world, the enemy having been necessitàted wholly to abandon the blockade of Olivenza. These advices say, that Sir John Jennings is arrived at Lisbon. When that gentle. man left Barcelona, his Catholic Majesty was taking all possible methods for carrying on an offensive war. It is observed with great satisfaction in the court of Spain, that there is very good intelligence between the general officers: Count Staremberg and Mr. Stanhope acting in all things with such unanimity, that the public affairs receive great advantages from
their personal friendship and esteem to each other, and mutual assistance in promoting the service of the common cause.
*** This is to give notice, that if any ablebodied Palatine will enter into the bonds of matrimony with Betty Pepin, the said Palatine shall be settled in a freehold of forty shillings per annum in the county of Middlesex.
N° 52. THURSDAY, AUGUST 0, 1709.
Quicquid agunt homines
nostri est farrago libelli.
Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86.
DELAMIRA resigns her Fan. Long had the crowd of the gay and young stood in suspense, as to their fate in their passion to the beauteous Delamira ; but all their hopes are lately vanished, by the declaration that she has made of her choice to take the happy Archibald* for her companion for life. Upon her making this known,
* The Honourable Lord Archibald Hamilton of Motherwell, son to William third Duke of Hamilton, was probably the happy Archibald here meant, who about this time married Lady Jane Hamilton, youngest daughter of James Earl of Abercorn.
the expense of sweet powder and jessamine are considerably abated; and the mercers and milliners complain of her want of public spirit, in not concealing longer a secret which was so much the benefit of trade. But so it has happened; and no one was in confidence with her in carrying on this treaty, but the matchless Virgulta, whose despair of ever entering the matrimonial state made her some nights before Delamira's resolution was published to the world, address herself to her in the following manner :
• Delamira ! you are now going into that state of life wherein the use of your charms is wholly to be applied to the pleasing only one man. That swimming air of your body, that janty bearing of your head over one shoulder, and that inexpressible beauty in your manner of playing your fan, must be lowered into a more confined behaviour; to show, that you would rather shun than receive addresses for the future. Therefore, dear Delamira, give me those excellences you leave off, and acquaint me with your manner of charming : for I take the liberty of our friendship to say, that when I consider my own stature, motion, complexion, wit, or breeding, I cannot think myself any way your inferior; yet do I go through crowds without wounding a man, and all my acquaintance marry round me, while I live a virgin unasked, and I think unregarded.
Delamira heard her with great attention, and, with that dexterity which is natural to her, told her, that all she had above the rest of her sex and contemporary beauties, was wholly owing to a fan (that was left her by her mother, and had been long in the family), which whoever had in possession, and used with skill, should command the hearts of all her beholders: and since,' said she
smiling, I have no more to do with extending my conquests or triumphs, I will make you a present of this inestimable rarity.' Virgulta made her expressions of the highest gratitude for so uncommon a confidence in her, and desired she would show her what was peculiar in the management of that utensil, which rendered it of such general force while she was mistress of it.' Delamira replied, " You see, madam, Cupid is the principal figure painted on it; and the skill in playing the fan is, in your several motions of it, to let him appear as little as possible; for honourable lovers fly all endeavours to ensnare them; and your Cupid must hide his bow and arrow, or he will never be sure of his game. You may observe,' continued she, ! that in all public assemblies, the sexes seem to separate themselves, and draw up to attack each other with eye-shot: that is the time when the fan, which is all the armour of a woman, is of most use in our defence; for our minds are construed by the waving of that little instrument, and our thoughts appear in composure or agitation, according to the motion of it. You may observe, when Will Peregrine comes into the side-box, Miss Gatty flutters her fan as a fly does its wings round a candle; while her eldest sister, who is as much in love with him as she is, is as grave as a vestal at his entrance; and the consequence is accordingly. He watches half the play for a glance from her sister, while Gatty is overlooked and neglected. I wish you heartily as much success in the management of it, as I have had; If you think fit to go on where I left off, I will give you a short account of the execution I have made with it.
• Cymon, who is the dullest of mortals, and though a wonderful great scholar, does not only pause, but seems to take a nap with his eyes open
between every other sentence in his discourse ; him have I made a leader in assemblies; and one blow on the shoulder as I passed by him has raised him to a downright impertinent in all conversations.
The airy Will Sampler is become as lethargic by this my wand, as Cymon is sprightly. Take it, good girl, and use it without mercy; for the reign of beauty never lasted full three years, but it ended in marriage, or condemnation to virginity. As you fear, therefore, the one, and hope for the other, I expect an hourly journal of your triumphs; for I have it by certain tradition, that it was given to the first who wore it, by an enchantress, with this remarkable power, that it bestows a husband in half a year on her who does not overlook her proper minute; but assigns to a long despair the woman who is well offered, and neglects that proposal. May occasion attend your charms, and your charms slip no occasion! Give me, I say, an account of the progress of your forces at our next meeting; and you shall hear what I think of my new condition. I should meet my future spouse this moment. Farewell. Live in just terror of the dreadful words,
From my own Apartment, August 3. I had the honour this evening to visit some ladies, where the subject of the conversation was modesty ; which they commended as a quality quite as becoming in men as in women. I took the liberty to say, it might be as beautiful in our behaviour as in theirs, yet it could not be said, it was as successful in life; for as it was the only recommendation in them, so it was the greatest obstacle to us, both in love and business. A gentleman present was of my mind, and said, that we must describe the difference between the modesty of women and that